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L. Lamar Wilson Presents "More Than a Metaphor: The Ethics of Writing Through a Legacy of Racialized Violence" to MC Students and Employees

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Category: Guest Lectures

Published: 2019-10-15 09:57:58.403

<p><strong>Fall 2019 Frank Islam Athenaeum Symposia Speakers Series</strong></p>
<p>On October 8 at Montgomery College, L. Lamar Wilson delivered a presentation titled, "More Than a Metaphor: The Ethics of Writing Through a Legacy of Racialized Violence."</p>
<p>Over the past year, Wilson's economically depressed hometown, Marianna, Fla., has been the center of national dialogue in stories of resilience in the wake of Hurricane Michael's devastation, meditations on the fallout of a federal government shutdown, a National Book Award-nominated novel by Pulitzer winner Colson Whitehead, and a PBS documentary short film Wilson co-produced with Rada Film Group's Sundance-winning directors. It's become a metaphor for the legacies of racism and white supremacist violence, &amp; yet for him, it's home, one where his roots and love run deep. In addition to screening the film, Wilson discussed the ethics that undergird his documentary poetics and the ways he hopes the attention on Marianna will make the nation reexamine the tropes it casts down onto rural America.</p>
<p>For information on the full series, please visit <a href=""></a>.</p>
<p>L. Lamar Wilson teaches creative writing and literature at Wake Forest University and The Mississippi University for Women. His documentary poetics has been featured in two poetry collections, a stage production, and a film: Sacrilegion (Carolina Wren Press, 2013); Prime (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014); The Gospel Truth (2017); and The Changing Same (PBS/POV Shorts, 2019), a documentary co-produced with Rada Film Group.</p>

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