The UT Department of English hosts poet A. Van Jordan for a public reading of his work on Tuesday, February 15th, at 4PM in the Chicano Culture Room (4.206) in the Student Union. Jordan will read from his newest work and will be hold a question and answer session afterwards. An assistant professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Jordan draws upon blues and jazz as counter-hegemonic responses to racism. His 2001 collection of poems, Rise, won the PEN Josephine Miles Book Award, and in it he pays homage to many great modern poets such as Langston Hughes and Sterling Brown, as well as bluesmen Robert Johnson and Son House. His second publication, M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A, has entered its second printing. This collection of poems takes the voice of MacNolia Cox, a young African-American girl who entered the 1936 National Spelling Bee?the first African-American to do so?and was ultimately thwarted by the judges? racism.
All are invited to attend this reading and Q andA session.
Read a selection from M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A.