An Afternoon with Poets Tommye Blount and Nathan McClain: 3 pm, ET, Sunday, Oct 4
A Cave Canem alumnus, Tommye Blount reads from Fantasia for the Man in Blue (Four Way Books, 2020), his long anticipated debut collection praised for its brilliantly orchestrated chorus of distinct, unforgettable voices that speak to the experience of the black, queer body as a site of desire and violence. Blount is also the author of What Are We Not For (Bull City press, 2016). A graduate from Warren Wilson College, he has been the recipient of a fellowship from Kresge Arts in Detroit and the John Atherton scholarship from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. His work has been featured in Magma, New England Review, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, Ecotone, Ninth Letter, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. Born and raised in Detroit, he now lives in Novi, Michigan.
Nathan McClain reads from his debut collection Scale (Four Way Books, 2017), a fierce and unflinching look at the bonds between father and son. From Superman’s Fortress of Solitude to Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, at koi ponds and outside Eden, these poems search for answers to the question “how do we reckon with the past?” McClain is a recipient of fellowships from Sewanee Writers' Conference, The Frost Place, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson. His poems and prose have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, Green Mountains Review, The Common, The Critical Flame, Poem-a-Day, and Zocalo Public Square. He teaches at Hampshire College.
The event is a live-only webinar.
Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions via Q & A after the reading.
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This free virtual event is sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.