TWO POETS TO SPEAK AT OC
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In observance of African American History Month, poet Douglas Kearney will perform “Digging the Bones,” a poetry reading of original works that explore the troubled waters of African Americans in national myth and reality.
In his poetry performance, Kearney transforms history into “fever dreams”, with a remix deconstructed of breakfast commercials and spirituals moaned from chopped records. Mr. Kearney is a poet, performer and professor at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. His work has appeared in several journals and anthologies, and his first poetry book, Fear Some, was recently published by Red Hen Press.
Martha Collins will read from her recently published book-length poem, which focuses on a lynching witnessed by her father when he was five years old. She will also discuss the process of researching the event through archival material and visits to Cairo, Illinois. Ms. Collins has published four books of poetry, two co-translations from the Vietnamese, and a chapbook. She is a professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College, where she serves as an editor of Field Magazine.
Both poetry events are sponsored by the Oxnard College Foundation and Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it from The James Irvine Foundation.
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