Madison Caucus for Gender Equality

Danez Smith - poetry reading

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

4 p.m.
Duke Hall Gallery Court
This event is free and open to the public.

“ ... ignites a discussion about life as a queer person of color in today’s racially charged, orientation conscious society.” —Peter Laberge, pank 

Danez Smith’s writing is not safe. How can one’s writing be safe when their life is constantly in danger?” 
—H. Melt, Lambda Literary

“... cuts through the white noise of American culture.” —Chris Stroffolino, The Rumpus 

The Furious Flower Poetry Center presents Danez Smith this fall to launch its annual reading series. Recently featured in the PEN Poetry Series online, Smith’s work encompasses race, class, sexuality, faith, and social justice. An accomplished slam poet, Smith moves “from page to stage” using rhythm and images to dismantle oppression and transcend boundaries.


About the poet, from Smith's website: Danez Smith is the author of [insert] boy (2014, YesYes Books), winner of the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry and finalist for the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. Their second collection, Don't Call Us Dead, will be published by Graywolf Press in 2017. Smith is also the author of two chapbooks, hands on ya knees and black movie, winner of the Button Poetry Prize. Their work has been published and featured widely including in Poetry Magazine, Beloit Poetry Journal, Buzzfeed, Blavity, and Ploughshares. A 2014 Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, a Cave Canem and VONA alum, and a recipient of a McKnight Foundation Fellowship, Smith is a two-time Individual World Poetry Slam finalist, placing second in 2014. They edit for The Offing and are a founding member of two collectives, Dark Noise and Sad Boy Supper Club. Smith lives in the midwest most of the time.


This event at JMU’s Duke Hall Gallery Court is free and open to the public.

Guests do not need a permit to park in the Mason Street Parking Deck. All parking regulations for JMU students, faculty and staff will remain in effect, and students attending the event are required to park in appropriate student parking lots with a JMU parking permit.

Regular enforcement will continue in other parking lots, and you may receive a parking citation if parked in restricted lots. Parking is prohibited in specialty spaces such as Service Vehicle spaces, handicap spaces without proper permit, or expired meters. Parking is also prohibited in Fire Lanes.

This event is supported in part by a grant from the William M. King Foundation and
presented in partnership with the Center for Multicultural Student Services.

Furious Flower Poetry Center at JMU

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