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Pleasures and Provocations: Morgan Parker and Lauren Wilkinson

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Monday, March 11, 2019 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

A poet and novelist explore 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 Negro Parker 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.

“2019 justly belongs to 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.”
– Danez Smith, T Magazine

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.

“What does it do to a person to work for a country that doesn’t work for her? Lauren Wilkinson’s unforgettable protagonist thrillingly forges her own way through the tangles of patriotism, service, love, and loyalty in this extraordinary novel.”—Lydia Kiesling, author of The Golden State

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    Morgan Parker

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    Morgan Parker

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    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-HopBest American Poetry 2016The 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.

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    Lauren Wilkinson

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    Lauren Wilkinson

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    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 has received writing fellowships from the Center for Fiction and the MacDowell Colony, and her fiction has appeared in Granta.