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2019

March 6 Another Kind of Madness Reading, Avid Bookshop, Athens GA
 

March 22 Another Kind of Madness Reading, Virginia Festival of the Book, Charlottesville, VA
 

March 25 "Now We See": Keynote Address at Aretha Franklin Symposium
 

March 27 Another Kind of Madness Reading, w Eso Won Books @ Quotidian Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
 

April 5 Another Kind of Madness Reading, w Adam McGee at Porter's Square Books, Cambridge MA
 

April 8 Another Kind of Madness Reading, w Jess Row at McNally Jackson Books, Broooklyn, NY
 

April 25, Another Kind of Madness Reading, A Room of One's Own Books, Madison, WI
 

April 29, Another Kind of Madness Reading, 57th Street Books, Chicago, IL
 

April 30th, Another Kind of Madness Reading, Prairie Lights Books, Iowa City, IA
 

 

2018

 

Invited Talk. Otis Redding & the Spiritual – Gospel – Soul Continuum. Reynolds – Lake

Oconee. Willson Center for the Humanities. October 4, 2018.

 

Fiction Reading. Lannan Foundation. Marfa, TX, July 15, 2018.

 

Reading / Craft Talk. Smith College Poetry Center. April 12, 2018.

 

Invited Lecture. “Stormy Weather, Warmings Global, and Contemporary Soul-in-Music.”

Georgia Institute of Technology. Atlanta, GA. January 9, 2018.

 

Poetry Reading. Poetry & Tech. Paper Museum, Atlanta, GA. January 9, 2018.

 

 

2017

 

Conference Presentation. “You Meaning We: Ambiguities of Address in Contemporary

Soul.” Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, Oakland, CA, October 27.

 

Conference Presentation. “Sex, Pleasure, and Violence in Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight.”

Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present, Oakland, CA, October 28.

 

Film Interview. “James Baldwin’s Musical Politics.” Institute for New Economic Thinking.

New York City, October 11.

 

Invited Faculty Lecture. “Facing the Sound: Music and the Deep Structure of Yusef

Komunyakaa’s Lyric Thought,” Furious Flower Conference, June 18-24. James Madison University.

 

Invited Panel Participant. “James Baldwin: Freedom Struggle and the Blues Impulse,”

Oakland Book Festival, Oakland, CA, May 21.

 

Poetry Reading. “Seeing with your life.” Scripps College, Los Angeles, CA, April 3.

 

Invited Talk. “Who Can Afford to Improvise?: James Baldwin, Black Music and the Lyrical

Stakes of Political Speech.” Scripps College, Los Angeles, CA, April 3.

 

Radio Program. “Return of the Prophet: James Baldwin in the 21st Century.” Open Source

Radio, WBUR, Boston, February 23.

 

Panel Presentation. “James Baldwin’s Public Voice in Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro.”

Institute for African American Studies @ Ciné Theater, Athens, GA, February 22.

 

Panel Presentation. “Instances of the Intimate: Images of Transport in Barry Jenkin’s

Moonlight.” Institute for African American Studies @ Ciné Theater, Athens, GA, February 23.

 

Conference Presentation: “Outward in Larger Terms: Adrienne Rich’s Collected Poems.”

Associated Writing Programs Annual Conference, Washington D.C., March 8.

 

Conference Presentation: “PhD in a MFA World.” Associated Writing Programs Annual

Conference, Washington D.C., March 9.

 

 

2016 

 

 

Conference Presentation: “‘Theme de Yoyo’: The Art Ensemble of Chicago as Soundtrack

to Guerrilla House-Wifery in Les Staces à Sophie (1970).” Celebrating African American Literature: Race and Resistance. Pennsylvania State University, October 20.  

 

Poetry Reading. Hollins University. October 20.

 

Invited Talk. “ESU in Their Eyes.” Portraying & Modeling the Trickster in the African

    American Diaspora, Drexel University, October 11.

 

Invited Talk. “‘The Whole Body of the Sound’: Listening to Jimmy Baldwin Listen.” Franke

    Lectures in the Humanities. Yale University, October 13.  

 

Featured Conference Presentation. Listening Over Jimmy’s Shoulder,” James Baldwin and

Black Music.” James Baldwin International Conference: “A Language to Dwell In,” James Baldwin, Paris, and International Visions. The American University of Paris. May 28.

 

Poetry Reading. Semiotext(e) and Friends, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, Los Angeles,

    April 2.

 

Poetry Reading. National Poetry Series Selections 2014, AWP Convention Center, April 1.

 

Poetry Reading. Bad Blood Series. Ace Hotel, Los Angeles, California, April 1.

 

Invited Talk. “Poetry, Witnessing and Civil Unrest,” Annenberg School for Communication,

    University of Southern California, March 31.

 

Panel Discussion, “Turning Into Dwelling: A Tribute to Christopher Gilbert, AWP

    Convention Center, March 31.

 

Poetry Reading. UGA Off-Site Event, The Unique Space, Los Angeles, California, March 31.

 

Poetry Reading. Poetry Flash, Moe’s Books, Berkeley, California, March 10.

 

Poetry Reading. The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University, March 10.

 

Poetry Reading. University of California-Merced, March 9.

 

Invited Talk. “Serena Williams and the (Broken) Essay Form,” University of California-Santa

    Cruz. March 8.

 

Poetry Reading. Chabot College, March 7.

 

Invited Talk. “The Poetic Politics of Black English,” Daraja Program, Chabot College, March 7.

 

Poetry Reading. The Poetry Project, St. Mark’s Church, Manhattan, February 10.

 

Invited Talk: James Baldwin and the Political Interior (1954-1957). Africana Studies Program

    and Creative Writing Program, University of Miami, January 28.