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John Keene

Kelly Writers House Fellows Program,February 11–12, 2019

  1. Introduction (4:15): MP3
  2. On Mannahatta (11:01): MP3
  3. On Chip Delany (6:48): MP3
  4. On literary correctness (5:21): MP3
  5. On black modernity (3:26): MP3
  6. On leaving St. Louis for college (3:37): MP3
  7. On his relationship with Delany (3:51): MP3
  8. On working with other writers (2:43): MP3
  9. On kinship (7:05): MP3
  10. Reading "Reflex" and "M.O. Poiesis" (7:06): MP3

Housework at Chapterhouse, Philadelphia, January 29, 2011

  • Complete Recording (32:56): MP3

Segue at the Bowery Poetry Club, NYC, October 17, 2009

  • Complete Recording (28:38): MP3

Advancing Feminist Poetics and Activism, Thursday, September 24, 2009

Presented by the Belladonna* Reading Series

Opening Plenary I: Why You Talk Like That? Between Orature and Literature
Chair: Tonya Foster
Panelists: Meta DuEwa Jones, John Keene, Julie Patton, Evie Shockley
Location: English Department Lounge

Description: One aspect of “black aesthetics” involves two ostensibly dissonant strands of poetics the oral and the literary (which may include the visual). Their challenging of visual and oral groundings of identity markers translates Black female iconography from its historical depiction within a “So Black and Blues” matrix into a “So Black and Beautiful”. One aspect of “black aesthetics” isn’t merely the transcription of the oral onto the page but an attempt to transfigure the page in such a way that it creates/suggests an alternate space which demands that the literary engage the oral, re-inscribes the literary nature of the oral and rejects the clearly articulated boundary between the two, and, in so doing, suggests a different sense of time: look at Mackey and Brathwaite’s A History of the Voice.

part one (55:50): MP3

part two (25:12) MP3

Segue Series at the Bowery Poetry Club, NYC, February 19, 2005

  • Complete Recording (28:23): MP3

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