American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson


"American Spy works on so many levels — it's an expertly written spy thriller as well as a deeply intelligent literary novel that tackles issues of politics, race and gender in a way that's never even close to being heavy-handed or didactic."

- NPR'S Michael Schaub


Magical Negro by Morgan Parker


"Her poems shred me with their intelligence, dark humor and black-hearted vision. Parker is one of this generation’s best minds, able to hold herself and her world, which includes all of us, up to impossible lights, revealing every last bit of our hopes, failings, possibilities, and raptures.”

- T Magazine's Danez Smith


Pleasures and Provocations: Morgan Parker and Lauren Wilkinson

Monday March 11, 2019
07:00 pm

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Lauren Wilkinson Morgan Parker


A poet and novelist explored whether the difference between the two forms need not be vast. Their books grapple with our historical moment and what it is like to be a black woman in America today.


In Magical NegroParker creates a space of witness, of airing grievances, of pointing out patterns. In these poems are living documents, pleas, latent traumas, inside jokes, and unspoken anxieties situated as firmly in the past as in the present―timeless Black melancholies and triumphs.


Lauren Wilkinson's American Spy knits together a gripping spy thriller, a heartbreaking family drama, and a passionate romance. This is a face of the Cold War you’ve never seen before, and it introduces a powerful new literary voice. In the year that follows, Marie will observe Thomas, seduce him, and ultimately, have a hand in the coup that will bring him down. But doing so will change everything she believes about what it means to be a spy, a lover, a sister, and a good American. 

MORGAN PARKER is the author of There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night, and the forthcoming poetry collection Magical Negro. Her debut young adult novel Who Put This Song On? is forthcoming in late 2019, and her debut book of nonfiction will be released in 2020. Her poetry and essays have appeared in Tin House, The Paris Review, The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, Best American Poetry 2016, The New York Times, and The Nation. She is the recipient of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, winner of a 2016 Pushcart Prize, and a Cave Canem graduate fellow.


LAUREN WILKINSON grew up in New York City and lives on the Lower East Side. She earned her MFA in Fiction and Literary Translation from Columbia University and has taught writing at Columbia and the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is a 2013 Center for Fiction Emerging Writers Fellow and her work is supported by MacDowell Colony and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Her fiction has also appeared in Granta.