The Regulator Bookshop welcomes poets L. Lamar Wilson and Tsitsi Jaji for a reading and signing as part of its Poetry Series. The evening will open with a special tribute to poet Lucille Clifton on the anniversary of her transition. This event is co-sponsored with the generous support of Jacar Press.
L. Lamar Wilson (MFA, Virginia Tech; UNC-CH, Ph.D) is the author of Sacrilegion (Carolina Wren Press, 2013), a finalist for the Thom Gunn Award. Wilson is a multi-genre writer and filmmaker invested in documentary poetics. He is co-author of Prime: Poetry and Conversation (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014). Wilson’s recent work centers the voices and experiences of black and brown folk thriving in the rural South despite relentless, centuries-long homegrown terrorism. After nearly 18 years of award-winning editing in several of the nation’s top newsrooms, including the Times and the Post, Wilson teaches on the creative writing faculty at Wake Forest University and in the low-residency MFA program at Mississippi University for Women. He lives in Birmingham.
Tsitsi Jaji (Cornell, Ph.D.) is an associate professor of English at Duke with expertise in African and African American literary and cultural studies, with special interests in music, poetry, and black feminisms. She previously taught at UPenn and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities/Schomburg Center, Mellon Foundation, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, and National Humanities Center. Her book, Africa in Stereo: Music, Modernism and Pan-African Solidarity (Oxford), won the African Literature Association’s First Book Prize. Originally from Zimbabwe, Jaji is also a poet. Her collection, Beating the Graves (2017) was published through the African Poetry Book Fund with University of Nebraska Press and her chapbook Carnaval (2014) appears in New Generation African Poets box set.