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Saturday, March 28 • 10:00am - 11:15am
Deep Sightings and Rescue Missions

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In titular homage to treasured novelist, editor, media activist and archive Toni Cade Bambara, this gathering of writers, poets and researchers presents overlooked, under-examined and otherwise obscured culture workers of radical Black imaginary.  Through sharing and discussion of discoveries, methodologies and creative practices, Deep Sightings and Rescue Missions redraws Modernist timelines, expands communities of artistic and political movement and celebrates the African diasporic ArkHive as still forever future forward.

Melanie Sherazi presents on experimental novelist and translator of avant-garde Italian screenplays, William Demby

Tonya Foster presents on the UMBRA poets, the CUNY Graduate Center's "Lost & Found" project, and the work of poet Tom Dent.

Geoffrey Jacques presents on the history of the hipster in jazz and film

Tisa Bryant moderates


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Tisa Bryant

Faculty, MFA Creative Writing Program, Co-Director, Equity & Diversity, California Institute of the Arts
Tisa Bryant makes work that often traverses the boundaries of genre, culture and history, with an enduring fascination with fusing critical and creative writing through the other arts into distinctive registers and new forms. She is the author of Unexplained Presence, a collection of fiction-essays that remix narratives of black presences in film, literature and visual art; co-editor and publisher of the cross-referenced journal of narrative and... Read More →


Geoffrey Jacques

Geoffrey Jacques is a poet, essayist, critic, and editor. Recent poems and essays of his can be found in Askew, NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art, Tidal Basin Review, Black Renaissance Noire, and elsewhere. His books include the poetry collection Just for a Thrill (2005), and the critical study A Change in the Weather: Modernist Imagination, African American Imaginary (2009). Recent poems have appeared in Tidal Basin Review, Askew, and... Read More →

Melanie Sherazi

Melanie Sherazi is a Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of California, Riverside. Her dissertation, “Posthumous Afterlives: Ecstatic Readings of Post-1945 American Literature,” explores the temporal, ethical and aesthetic implications of texts that were written during the civil-rights-era by authors such as Ralph Ellison and Carson McCullers, but were published posthumously, years and sometimes decades after the... Read More →

Saturday March 28, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Faculty Center

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