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Story/Teller Arts: Black Punk Now! Vernon Reid, Chris L. Terry, and James Spooner with Honeychild Coleman and Mariah Stovall

Thursday, 6:30 pm EST - 8:00 pm EST March 21, 2024

The Center for Fiction
& Livestreamed

The story of punk you need to read. A Literary Hub most-anticipated book, Black Punk Now is a bold and urgent multigenerational anthology, capturing the present and looking towards the future using a mix of contemporary nonfiction, fiction, illustrations, and comics.

Grammy Award-winning guitarist, composer, and artist Vernon Reid (Living Colour) joins editors James Spooner (Afro-Punk, The High Desert) and Chris L. Terry (Black Card) for a vibrant conversation on resistance, rebellion, and Black Punk’s past, present, and future. Contributors Honeychild Coleman (The 1865 / Bachslider / The Phensic) and Mariah Stovall (I Love You So Much It’s Killing Us Both) will read from the anthology.

Black Punk Now

Featuring

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    James Spooner

    James Spooner

    James Spooner is a graphic novelist, filmmaker, and tattoo artist best known for directing the seminal documentary Afro-Punk (2003), and co-creating the Afro Punk Festival. His graphic memoir The High Desert, about being Black in small-town California and finding salvation in punk, came out in 2022.

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    Chris L. Terry

    Chris L. Terry

    Chris L. Terry is the author of the novels Black Card and Zero Fade. Born in 1979 to a Black father and white mother, Terry spent his late teens and early twenties touring as the vocalist for different Richmond, Virginia punk bands. He now lives and teaches in Los Angeles.

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    Vernon Reid

    Vernon Reid

    Vernon Reid is a Grammy award-winning guitarist, composer and visual artist. In the 1980s, he led the pioneering multi-platinum rock band Living Colour, and since then has collaborated with Carlos Santana, Public Enemy, Defunkt and the African singer Salif Keita, as well as with choreographers Bill T. Jones and Donald Byrd. Reid is also the founder of the Black Rock Coalition, which helps combat the pigeonholing of African American musicians. Outside of music, his work includes the educational media project, Artificial Afrika, and his photography was featured as part of the Brooklyn Museum of Art exhibit, Committed to the Image: Contemporary Black Photographers.

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    Honeychild Coleman

    Honeychild Coleman

    Louisville, Kentucky native Honeychild Coleman (The 1865 / Bachslider / GKA) has worked with The Slits, Mad Professor, Apollo Heights (The Veldt), and Badawi (Raz Mesinai). She appears in documentaries Afropunk, (James Spooner, USA), Firelies and Getting My Name Up There (Katarina Cibulka, AUSTRIA), Rock Chicks (Marita Stocker, GERMANY), and upcoming Rude Girls (Brigid Maher, USA) . Film and Television soundtracks include Pariah (Focus Features, USA), Woke! (USA, 2021), and Showtime’s Everything’s Gonna Be All White (USA, 2022). Her writing appears in Razorcake zine issue 138 and Black Punk Now (Softskull Press, 2023).

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    Mariah Stovall

    Mariah Stovall

    Mariah Stovall is the author of I Love You So Much It’s Killing Us Both: a novel, or an annotated mixtape. She has also written fiction for the anthology Black Punk Now, and for NinthLetter, Vol 1. Brooklyn, Hobart, the Minola Review, and Joyland; and nonfiction for the Los Angeles Review of Books, Full Stop, Hanif Abdurraqib’s 68to05, the Paris Review, Poets & Writers, and LitHub. She lives in Newark, New Jersey and works as a literary agent at Trellis Literary Management.