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Thu
Sep 14

Zell Visiting Writers Series: Vievee Francis and Sebastian Matthews, Poetry Reading

Known for her explorations of racial identity, modernist poetics, and feminist legacies, poet Vievee Francis received the 2017 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for her collection Forest Primeval (Triquarterly Books/Northwestern University Press). She is also the author of Blue-Tail Fly (Wayne State University Press, 2006), and Horse in the Dark (Northwestern University Press, 2012). She is an associate professor at Dartmouth College and an associate editor for Callaloo. Of her own work, Francis has said: “I want to know how poetry serves us collectively and as individuals in ways that meet this era, this moment; however, in order to gain that understanding contexts cannot be ignored, nor can history be set aside. It is the intent of my instruction and an inherent objective of my own poetry to upturn how we think about poetry, its lineage, and the cultural impact of received aesthetics.”
 
Sebastian Matthews is the author of the memoir In My Father’s Footsteps (W.W. Norton & Co.) as well as two collections of poetry, We Generous and Miracle Day, both published by Red Hen Press. A third collection, Beginner’s Guide to a Head-on Collision, is forthcoming from Red Hen in 2017. His poetry and prose have appeared in or on, among others, American Poetry Review, The Atlantic, The Sun, Tin House, and Virginia Quarterly Review. Matthews received his MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan. He taught for over a decade at Warren Wilson College in their undergraduate writing program, and currently serves on the board of the Vermont Studio Center and on the advisory board for Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts & Letters. He lives with his wife and son in Asheville, North Carolina, where he is working on a novel and a collection of personal essays.

UMMA is pleased to be the site for the Zell Visiting Writers Series, which brings outstanding writers each semester. The Series is made possible through a generous gift from U-M alumna Helen Zell (AB ’64, LLDHon ’13). For more information, please visit the Zell Visiting Writers Series webpage.