Africana Studies

Vievee Francis

Thu, 8 Nov 2018 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

4 p.m.
Festival Conference & Student Center (Highlands Room)
This event is free and open to the public

Poet Vievee Francis

"Vievee Francis is a maker of magnificent, ferociously intelligent, deeply moving poems, but to me her poems are not just poems and this amazing book isn’t just a book. Forest Primeval is a sacred conversation with the reader, wrestling with the distressing angel for all of us, and demanding a blessing."  —Patrick Donnelly

On November 11, Furious Flower will welcome poet and author Vievee Francis to James Madison University. Born in West Texas, Francis is the author of Forest Primeval (TriQuarterly Books, 2015), winner of the 2017 Kingsley Tufts Award; Horse in the Dark(Northwestern University Press, 2012), winner of the Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize; and Blue-Tail Fly(Wayne State University Press, 2006). The poet Adrian Matejka describes her poems as “revelations—of memory, of dust, of the cotton and marginalia strung together to make a history.”

Of her own poetry, Francis says, “I’m very much saying that how African-American women are defined is inhuman in its narrowness, and that I, for one, am not going to allow it.”

The recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and the Kresge Foundation, Francis currently serves as an editor for Callaloo and teaches English and creative writing at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Francis earned an MFA from the University of Michigan in 2009, and she received a Rona Jaffe Award the same year.

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