In response to - Safiya Sinclair

Writing Program Visiting Poets Series
Tuesday, March 14, 9:30 p.m.

116 S. Michigan Ave., room 803

United States

In response to 2017's challenges, fears, questions, anxieties, righteous anger, kindnesses, skepticism, weeping, discussions, collaborations, collective momentum and multitudinous individual gestures, we're pleased to offer a special series of Visiting Poets to the Writing Program.

Safiya Sinclair was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Her first full-length collection, Cannibal (University of Nebraska Press, 2016), won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry and a 2016 Whiting Writers' Award. Sinclair is also the recipient of a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, fellowships from Yaddo, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Amy Clampitt Residency Award, an Academy of American Poets Prize, and was a longlisted finalist for the 2017 PEN Open Book Award. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, Kenyon Review, Granta, The Nation, New England Review, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, The Gettysburg Review, TriQuarterly, Oxford American, and elsewhere. She received her MFA in poetry at the University of Virginia, and is currently a PhD candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California.

The reading will be followed by a Q&A.

Programming for In response to is funded and presented in collaboration with the Office of the Dean of Faculty, SAIC and the Poetry Foundation, with whom we share our thanks and excitement.

In response to Spring 2017 schedule:

February 20—Roger Reeves
March 14—Safiya Sinclair
April 11—Cathy Park Hong