Inprint Brown Reading Series: Natasha Trethewey and John Edgar Wideman

From poetry to revolutions, today’s authors cover it all

Today’s Inprint Brown Reading Series writers, poet Natasha Trethewey and novelist John Edgar Wideman, have different approaches to the African-American experience.

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, they’ll 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 $5.
Mon., Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m., 2008

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