Thursday, April 24, 2008

Ishmael Reed Presents

Our last event (whew!) of the season is tonight, when Ishmael Reed presents poets published by his publishing company: Boadiba, Karla Brundage, Neli Moody & Tennessee Reed.

This free event is today (Thursday) at 7 p.m. in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Second Floor.

Ishmael Reed—novelist, poet, playwright and essayist—has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and was twice a finalist for the National Book Award. He is the founder of the Before Columbus Foundation, Konch literary magazine, and his own publishing company.

Boadiba is a Haitian poet and translator. Her performances mix fragments of traditional sacred Haitian songs with original poetry.

In Swallowing Watermelons, Karla Brundage tracks her life experiences as a biracial woman, a single mother and an artist activist. She has lived in Hawaii , New York and Zimbabwe .

Neli Moody, author of After Altamira, is a lecturer in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at SJSU. She was awarded the Virgnia de Araujo Award and the Marjorie Folendorf Award for outstanding achievement in creative writing.

Tennessee Reed is the author of four poetry collections and a forthcoming memoir, Spell Albuquerque . She has traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan. A graduate of U.C. Berkeley and Mills College , she is running for the Oakland School Board, District One.

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