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Frank Islam Athenaeum Symposia Speakers Series: Keith Wilson at Germantown Campus, Feb. 13

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Published: 2019-02-12 00:00:01.000

Please join us for the first event of the Spring 2019 Frank Islam Athenaeum Symposia Speakers Series. On February 13, Keith Wilson will deliver a presentation titled, "Fieldnotes: Race, Love, and Violence in the Melting Pot."

Wilson will read poetry from his forthcoming collection, Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love, whose poems approach family, politics, and romance, often through the lens of space: the vagaries of a relationship full of wonder and coldness, separation and exploration. There is the sense of the speaker as a cartographer of familiar spaces, of land he has never left or relationships that have stayed with him for years, and always with the newness of an alien or stranger. Acutely attuned to the heritage of Greco-Roman myth, Wilson writes through characters such as the Basilisk and the Minotaur, emphasizing the intense loneliness these characters experience from their uniqueness. For the racially ambiguous speaker of these poems, who is both black and not black, who has lived between the American South and the Midwest, there are no easy answers. From the fields of Kentucky to the pigeon coops of Chicago, identities and locations blur the pastoral bleeds into the Afrofuturist, black into white and back again.

Keith Wilson
Wednesday, February 13, 11 a.m.
Montgomery College, Germantown Campus
High Technology and Science Center (HT), Globe Hall

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

Keith S. Wilson is a game designer, an Affrilachian Poet, a Cave Canem fellow, and a graduate of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop. He has received three scholarships from Bread Loaf as well as scholarships from MacDowell, UCross, Millay Colony, and the Vermont Studio Center, among others. Keith serves as Assistant Poetry Editor at Four Way Review and Digital Media Editor at Obsidian Journal. Keith's first book, Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love, will be published by Copper Canyon in 2019. His work has appeared or is appearing in the following journals: Poetry, Adroit Journal, Crab Orchard Review, Little A, Narrative, 32 Poems, Rhino, Muzzle, Blueshift Journal, and Vinyl. Additionally, he won a Best of the Net Award, has been anthologized in Best New Poets, and was appointed a Gregory Djanikian Scholar. His nonfiction won a Redivider Blurred Genre prize.

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