Trethewey, who grew up in Mississippi as the daughter of a white man and a black woman, won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Native Guard, a collection of poetry. Native Guard reflects on her mother breaking the law in order to marry her husband and later carrying a mixed-race child. This is 1966 she is married to a white man / and there are more names for what grows inside her. / It is enough to worry about words like mongrel / and the infertility of mules and mulattoes. She also examines her own unresolved issues surrounding race. Mississippi, state that made a crime of me mulatto, half-breed, native / in my native land, this place, theyll bury me.
Meanwhile, John Edgar Wideman, the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation genius fellowship, presents his latest novel, Fanon, about psychiatrist and revolutionary Frantz Fanon, whose teachings inspired the Black Panthers and Che Guevara.
7:30 p.m. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas. For information, call 713-521-2026 or visit www.inprinthouston.org. $5.
Mon., Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m., 2008