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The Moe Green Poetry Poetry Discussion hosted Rafael F J Alvarado & Brett-Candace

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Join Rafael & Brett-Candace as they talk to Douglas Kearney bout his new book The Black Automaton Winner of the National Poetry Series Douglas Kearney is an L.A.-based poet, performer and teacher. His poetry has appeared in journals including Callaloo, Gulf Coast, nocturnes and jubilat; and anthologies, including Bum Rush the Page, Role Call, the award-winning Dark Matter: Reading the Bones and the upcoming Saints of Hysteria. He has written/performed for audio recordings and television and has been a featured performer across the country, including the New York Public Theater, Minneapolis’ Orpheum, L.A.’s World Stage and has received commissions from the Weisman Art Museum and the Studio Museum in Harlem to create poetry in response to art installations. He has exhibited InJury, a series combining poetry and image, at the 2005 Afro-Geek Conference at UC Santa Barbara. He has also designed a number of poetry books ranging from chapbooks to anthologies. His libretto work has earned collaborations with John Duykers, Grisha Coleman, Erling Wold, Eisa Davis and Anne LeBaron, for whom he assistant-directed the premiere of Wet. Kearney received an MFA from CalArts where he currently teaches African American Studies/Poetics. He was named a notable New American Poet by the Poetry Society of America in 2007. His first full-length collection, Fear, Some (Red Hen Press) is available From ambivalent animals thriving after Katrina to party chants echoing in a burning city, The Black Automaton troubles rubble, cobbling a kind of life. In this collection bodies at risk seek renewal through violence and fertility, history and myth, flesh and radios.

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