John L Warfield Center

Duets: John Keene in conversation with Dr. Roger Reeves

Wed, October 2, 2019 | Gordon-White Building (GWB) 2.206

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Duets: John Keene in conversation with Dr. Roger Reeves

John Keene, born in St. Louis in 1965, is a poet, fiction writer, essayist, translator, and professor. He received an A.B. from Harvard University and an M.F.A. from New York University. Before joining the faculty at Rutgers University-Newark, where he is currently professor and chair of the Department of African American and African Studies and a professor in the Department of English, he taught at Brown University and Northwestern University, among other institutions. He was a member of the Dark Room Collective and is a graduate fellow of Cave Canem. In addition to his novels, he has published two collaborative volumes of poetry, Seismosis (2006) and GRIND (2016), a chapbook of poems, Playland (2016) and translated Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer, from Portuguese. His writing has appeared in TriQuarterly, the Kenyon Review, and Ploughshares, among other journals. John Keene is a 2018 MacArthur Fellow.

Dr. Roger Reeves was born and raised in souther New Jersey, just outside of Philadelphia. He earned a B.A. in English from Morehouse College, an M.A. in English from Texas A&M University, an MFA from the James A. A Michener Center for Creative Writing at the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. His work has appeared in PoetryPloughshares, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, Tin House, and the Paris American. His debut collection of poetry, King Me, was published in 2013 by Copper Canyon Press and was honored as a Library Journal "Best Poetry Book of 2013."

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