Thursday, 7:30 pm June 11, 2020
7:30pm ET / 4:30pm PT
Seeing the Body by Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a radiant collection of poetry and photographs that reckons with her mother’s death, aging, authority, art, black womanhood, memory, and the American imagination. The collection is an elegiac and moving meditation on the ways in which we witness “bodies” of grief and healing. Award-winning NPR journalist Jacki Lyden, who also wrote the acclaimed memoir Daughter of the Queen of Sheba, will join Griffiths in conversation.
Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet and visual artist. She is a recipient of fellowships including Cave Canem, Kimbilio, Yaddo, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Her visual and literary work has appeared widely, including the New Yorker, the Paris Review, Tin House, and many others.
Jacki Lyden is an award-winning journalist for NPR, where she has served as host and correspondent for over thirty years. She is passionate about the intersection between mental health and caregiving. In 1997, Jacki published Daughter of the Queen of Sheba, a critically-acclaimed memoir that chronicles her life growing up in the presence of her mother’s profound mental illness. She is a 2017-2018 recipient of the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism, and early in her career, she won the Grand Prize from the National Mental Health Foundation for a series on the incarceration of the mentally ill in Montana.
Seeing the Body
By Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Published by WW Norton
Poems and photographs collide in this intimate collection, challenging the invisible, indefinable ways mourning takes up residence in a body, both before and after life-altering loss.
In radiant poems―set against the evocative and desperate backdrop of contemporary events, pop culture, and politics―Rachel Eliza Griffiths reckons with her mother’s death, aging, authority, art, black womanhood, memory, and the American imagination. The collision of text and imagery offers an associative autobiography, in which narratives of language, absence, and presence are at once saved, revised, and often erased. Seeing the Body dismantles personal and public masks of silence and self-destruction to visualize and celebrate the imperfect freedom of radical self-love.
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