Thursday, November 30, 2023
Doors open at 6:30pm, meal is served
Event begins at 7:30pm
The poet Tonya Foster shares her thoughts on the work of three poets who sustain her: Marcella Durand, Erica Hunt, and Leah Souffrant. To her, their poems, as well as their friendships, became a form of survival.
Interspersed throughout Foster’s lecture are contributions by Durand, Hunt, and Souffrant, who perform live readings of their own work.
Tonya Foster is a poet based in San Francisco whose writing and research focus on ideas of place and emplacement. Her books of poetry and prose include A Swarm of Bees in High Court (Belladonna, 2015) and the bilingual chapbook La Grammaire des Os (joca seria, 2016). Forthcoming publications include Thingifications (Ugly Duckling Presse), a poetry collection, and an anthology of experimental creative drafts. She teaches at San Francisco State University. She was raised in New Orleans, and her family goes way back in Louisiana.
Marcella Durand is the author of To husband is to tender (Black Square Editions, 2021), The Prospect (Delete Press, 2020), Rays of the Shadow (Tent Editions, 2017) and Le Jardin de M. (joca seria, 2016), with French translations by Olivier Brossard, among other books. She is the 2021 recipient of the C.D. Wright Award in Poetry from the Foundation of Contemporary Art.
Poet and essayist Erica Hunt is the author of Jump the Clock: New and Selected Poems (Nightboat Books, 2020), Veronica: A Suite in X Parts (selva oscura press, 2019), Time Flies Right Before the Eyes (Belladonna, 2015), Piece Logic (Carolina Wren Press, 2002), Arcade (Kelsey Street Press, 1996) and Local History (Roof Book, 1994). With Dawn Lundy Martin, she co-edited the anthology Letters to the Future: Black Women/Radical Writing (Kore Press, 2018). Hunt is Bonderman Visiting Professor at Brown University.
Leah Souffrant is a writer and artist committed to interdisciplinary practice. She is the author of Entanglements: Threads woven from history, memory, and the body (Unbound Edition Press 2023) and Plain Burned Things: A Poetics of the Unsayable (Collection Clinamen, PULG Liège 2017). Her writing can be found in Interim: Poetry and Poetics, Bone Bouquet, Poet Lore and elsewhere, and her commentary series “A slowing: Poetics and attention” appears in Jacket2. She writes and makes art in Brooklyn and teaches at New York University.