A reading by M. NourbeSe Philip
highlights a free poetry-and-discussion program titled "Sites of Memory: A Language for Grieving."
Philip, who is based in Toronto, is a poet, writer and lawyer originally from Tobago. She is best known for the 2008 collection Zong!
, based on the text of an 18th-century court decision about the murder of 150 Africans on the slave ship Zong
Her reading will be followed by a talk by New York University-based poetry scholar Sonya Posmentier (whose New York Times
essay "A Language for Grieving
" supplies the program's subtitle) and historian Ibrahima Seck, director of research for the Whitney Plantation Museum of Slavery
, in Lousiana.
Philip has earned fellowships from the Guggenheim foundation, Rockefeller (Bellagio) foundation, and the MacDowell Colony, and the Casa de las Americas Prize (Cuba). Her other poetry collections include She Tries Her Tongue
and Her Silence Softly Breaks.
Her novels include Looking for Livingstone: An Odyssey of Silence
and Harriet’s Daughter
Tonight's program is presented by the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh.
The program begins at 7 p.m. The Frick Fine Arts Building is located at 650 Schenley Plaza, in Oakland.