April is National Poetry Month and we are celebrating with a very special installment of Words @ Weeksville, our new monthly literary series featuring both established and emerging writers from across the diaspora.
Jacqueline Jones LaMon, David Tomas Martinez, and Nafissa Thompson-Spires will be taking the floor tonight!
Jacqueline Jones LaMon
The past president of Cave Canem Foundation and author of two poetry collections shares her latest poetry.Jacqueline Jones LaMon is the author of two award-winning collections of poetry: Gravity, U.S.A., and Last Seen; and a novel, In the Arms of One Who Loves Me. A professor at Adelphi University, she served as the immediate past president of Cave Canem Foundation, Inc.
David Tomas Martinez
The prize-winning poet reads from his second collection,Post Traumatic Hood Disorder (Sarabande Books).
David Tomas Martinez is a CantoMundo fellow and recipient of a 2017 NEA Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, the Verlaine Poetry Prize, and the Stanley P. Young Fellowship from Breadloaf. Hustle, his debut collection from Sarabande, won the New England Book Festival's Poetry Prize, the Devil's Kitchen Reading Award, and $10,000 from the Antonio Cisneros Del Moral Foundation. Poems from the new book have appeared in Tin House, Oxford American, Boston Review, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, and Poetry. He lives in Brooklyn.
This new talent makes her literary fiction debut withHeads Of The Colored People (Atria/37 Ink), a collection of darkly funny short stories about racial identity.
Nafissa Thompson-Spires earned a doctorate in English from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Illinois. Her work has appeared in Story Quarterly, Lunch Ticket, and The Feminist Wire, among other publications. She is a 2016 fellow of the Callaloo Writer’s Workshop.