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Frank Islam Athenaeum Symposia Lecture With Erica Wright, Oct. 24 in Germantown's Globe Hall

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Category: Guest Lectures

Published: 2018-10-08 00:00:01.000

Erica Wright
Wednesday, October 24, 7 p.m.
Montgomery College, Germantown Campus
High Technology and Science Center (HT), Globe Hall

Please join us on October 24 for the second event in Montgomery College's Fall 2018 Frank Islam Athenaeum Symposia Speakers Series, featuring Erica Wright, who will deliver a presentation titled, "All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned: Poetry and the 24-Hour News Cycle". Through fires and floods, past alligators and billboards, Wright's poetry collection, All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned, presents a unique perspective on modern life in the United States. Wright will read from her collection and discuss the effects of the digital age on poetry. In an atmosphere where think pieces reign, what is the role of this art form? Wright suggests that poems offer an alternative to that addictive drive to know everything instantaneously. More than being good for us, though, they can expand our ability to consider the big ideas of life, to seek understanding rather than talking points.

A light reception and book signing will follow.

This event is free and open to the public. It also meets the multicultural diversity training requirement for MC employees. For information on the full series, please visit

Erica Wright is the author of the poetry collections: All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned (Black Lawrence Press) and Instructions for Killing the Jackal (Black Lawrence Press). Her poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, New Orleans Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She is the poetry editor at Guernica Magazine, as well as a former editorial board member of Alice James Books. Her debut crime novel, The Red Chameleon (Pegasus Books), was one of O: The Oprah Magazine's Best Books of the Summer in 2014. Her new novel, The Blue Kingfisher (Polis Books), will be released this fall.

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