Convergences: Christina Sharpe and Simone White in Conversation

The Department of English and Creative Writing warmly invites you to a conversation between Christina Sharpe and Simone White, moderated by Professor Joshua Bennett. This event is part of the series Convergences: A Black Life and Letters Lecture Series. The talk will take place on February 10, 2021 at 7 PM on Zoom.


Christina Sharpe is a professor at York University in the Department of Humanities. She is the author of Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects (Duke UP, 2010) and In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (Duke UP, 2016), which was a nonfiction finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and named by the Guardian as one of the best books of the year. She has published widely on Black Diaspora literature, theory and visual culture, including essays on Arthur Jafa's first solo exhibition "Love is the Message, the Message is Death" and on the work of the artist Martine Syms.


Simone White is the author of three collections, Dear Angel of Death, Of Being Dispersed, and House of Envy of All the World, the poetry chapbook, Unrest, and the collaborative poem/painting chapbook, Dolly, with Kim Thomas. Her poetry and prose have been featured in publications such as Harper's Magazine, BOMB Magazine, Chicago Review, and Harriet: The Blog, and her honors include a 2017 Whiting Award, Cave Canem Foundation fellowships, and recognition as a New American Poet for the Poetry Society of America, in 2013. She has a JD from Harvard Law School, an MFA from the New School, and a PhD in English at CUNY Graduate Center, and works as Program Director at The Poetry Project. She teaches writing and American literature at The University of Pennsylvania.

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