Join us for the fifth of six Speech/Acts reading groups, held in the first-floor exhibition galleries in a satellite outpost for The Racial Imaginary Institute.
On Saturday, November 18, we will discuss The Cracks Between What We Are and What We Are Supposed to Be by Harryette Mullen. The book forms an extended consideration not only of Mullen's own work, methods, and interests as a poet, but also of issues of central importance to African American poetry and language, women's voices, and the future of poetry.
Together, these essays and interviews highlight the impulses and influences that drive Mullen's work as a poet and thinker, and suggest unique possibilities for the future of poetic language and its role as an instrument of identity and power.
Harryette Mullen teaches American poetry, African American literature, and creative writing at UCLA. She is the author of several poetry collections, most recently Recyclopedia: Trimmings, S*PeRMK*T, and Muse & Drudge, winner of a PEN Beyond Margins Award. Her book Sleeping with the Dictionary was a finalist for a National Book Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
This event is free and open to the public; register here: https://readinggroup-harryettemullen.eventbrite.com
Noncirculating copies of syllabus texts are available in two common reading spaces: one at ICA and a second at the Kelly Writers House. For a full listing of meetings and syllabus texts, visit: http://static.icaphila.org/pdf/gallery-notes/Fall%202017/SpeechActs-syllabus_int.pdf