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Brave Testimony: Airea D. Matthews
April 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
The Brave Testimony series celebrates the poetry of Africa and the African diaspora. Brave Testimony readers have include Chris Abani, Herman Beavers, Nikky Finney, Terrance Hayes, Brenda Marie Osbey, and others.
Airea D. Matthews is the author of Simulacra, winner of the 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets. The New Yorker critic, Dan Chiasson, describes Matthews’s experimental forms in Simulacra as “Fugues, text messages to the dead, imagined outtakes from Wittgenstein, tart mini-operas, fairy tales: Matthews is virtuosic, frantic, and darkly, very darkly, funny.” Matthews holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania as well as graduate degrees from the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy and the Helen Zell Writers’ Program, both at the University of Michigan. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Callaloo, Best American Poets, Harvard Review, American Poet, Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She was awarded a 2016 Rona Jaffe Writer’s Foundation Award, the 2016 Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in Poetry from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a 2015 Kresge Literary Arts award as well as fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo and The James Merrill House. Matthews’s current projects include a second book, which seeks to visually deconstruct the accepted narratives around sacrifice zones, identity, and class. She is an assistant professor at Bryn Mawr College.