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The Thompson Visiting Poet Series Presents Toi Derricotte
Start Date: 2/12/2014Start Time: 7:30 PM

Event Description:
The Charles D. and Majorie J. Thompson Visiting Poet Series Presents:
Toi Derricotte

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Sorenson Center for the Arts
7:30 p.m.

Admission is free, and the public is welcome

Born in Hamtramck, Michigan in 1941, Toi Derricotte is an award-winning poet; co-founder of Cave Canem writing workshop for African-American poets; Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh; and, since 2012, a Chancellor of the American Academy of Poets.

Her poetry collections are The Empress of the Death House, Natural Birth, Captivity, Tender, and The Undertaker’s Daughter, published between 1978 and 2011.  These collections are deeply interested in race, gender, violence, fertility, family life and many other concerns, in language and form that “blend personal history, invention and reportage” (Publishers Weekly). Her prose autobiography The Black Notebooks: An Interior Journey (1997) draws on diary and notebook entries from two decades. It explores the identity of a light-skinned black woman frequently mistaken for white and occasionally opting to pass as such. This autobiography was a New York Times Notable Book.

Among Toi Derricotte’s many awards are the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America; the Distinguished Pioneering of the Arts Award from the United Black Artists; and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Location Information:
Babson Campus - Sorenson Center for the Arts

Babson Campus  (View Map)
231 Forest Street
Wellesley, MA 02457
Phone: 781-235-1200

Babson Campus - Sorenson Center for the Arts
Room: Carling-Sorenson Theater
Contact Information:
Name: Lola Norman-Salako
Poet Toi Derricotte

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