In Conversation: Anaïs Duplan and Janaka Stucky

OFFCM Online

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/ Wednesday

2:00pm-3:00pm

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Black artists of the avant-garde have always defined the future. Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture (Black Ocean, 2020) is the culmination of six years of multidisciplinary research by trans poet and curator Anaïs Duplan about the aesthetic strategies used by experimental artists of color since the 1960s to pursue liberatory possibility. Join Anaïs Duplan in conversation with Janaka Stucky, founder of Black Ocean.

Anaïs Duplan is a trans* poet, curator, and artist. He is the author of a forthcoming book of essays, Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture (Black Ocean, 2020), a full-length poetry collection, Take This Stallion (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016), and a chapbook, Mount Carmel and the Blood of Parnassus (Monster House Press, 2017). He has taught poetry at the University of Iowa, Columbia University, and will teach at Sarah Lawrence College and St. Joseph’s College. Purchase Anaïs Duplan’s work here.

Janaka Stucky is a mystic poet, performer, and publisher. The founding editor of Black Ocean, as well as the annual poetry journal, Handsome, he is also the author of a few poetry collections. His poems have appeared in such journals as Denver Quarterly, Fence and North American Review, and his articles have been published by The Huffington Post and The Poetry Foundation. He is a two-time National Haiku Champion and in 2010 he was voted “Boston’s Best Poet” in The Boston Phoenix. Purchase Janaka Stucky’s work here.

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