Feb. 22, 2018 – Roger Reeves

“Runaway Genres: Global Afterlives of Slavery”—Roger Reeves in Conversation with Yogita Goyal will take place in 160 Willard Building, on Thursday, February 22, at 6:00 p.m.

Description: This public event will feature award-winning poet Roger Reeves (author of King Me [2013]) in conversation with scholar Yogita Goyal (author of Romance, Diaspora, and Black Atlantic Literature [2010]). Professor Goyal will present research from her forthcoming scholarly book on the emergence of Atlantic slavery as the defining template through which current forms of human rights abuses are understood. Professor Reeves will be reading from and speaking about his poetry. Following their individual presentations, Goyal and Reeves will discuss their work in tandem and will respond to questions from the audience.

This event is co-sponsored with the Modern and Contemporary Studies Initiative.

Roger Reeves received an M.F.A. in creative writing and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas, Austin. His poems have appeared in PoetryPloughsharesAmerican Poetry ReviewBoston ReviewTin HouseBest American Poetry, and the Indiana Review, among other publications, and he was included in Best New Poets 2009. Reeves was awarded a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation in 2008; he is also the recipient of two Bread Loaf Scholarships and a Cave Canem Fellowship. In 2012, Reeves received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Pushcart Prize for his poem “The Field Museum.” He is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Texas, Austin, and he was a 2014–2015 Hodder Fellow at the Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University. King Me (Copper Canyon Press, 2013) is Reeves’s first book.


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