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Poet Jericho Brown to give a poetry reading themed “The Blues We Can Use" on Wednesday, November 15, 2017

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Poet Jericho Brown will read from his recent collection of poems, The New Testament, along with a newer work. Brown's reading will explore race, gender, sexuality, The Blues, and American possibilities, revolving around the theme of "The Blues We Can Use."  This free event takes place on Wednesday, November 15, 5:30 pm in Sanders Auditorium and is open to the public.

Jericho Brown, the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and various other fellowships, is the author of the poetry books Please (New Issues 2008) and The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal and the Academy of American Poets. Brown's poems have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Buzzfeed, and The Pushcart Prize Anthology. He is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Emory University.

This event is sponsored by the Dean of the Faculty Office, English Department, American Studies, and Africana Studies.

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Posted by Office of Communications Friday, September 29, 2017