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Live from Prairie Lights: Mitchell L.H. Douglas and Heather Derr-Smith

Aug 31, 2018

07:00 PM

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Mitchell L.H. Douglas and Heather Derr-Smith will read from their poetry.

Mitchell L.H. Douglas will read from his recent collection, dying in the scarecrow’s arms.

Douglas depicts the assault on people of color in America’s increasingly divided Heartland. A devotee of American popular culture, from rock ’n’ roll to Star Wars to Marvel comic books, Douglas is a poet of “scrutinizing intellect, imagination, and soul.” —Terrance Hayes

Mitchell L. H. Douglas is also the author of  \blak\ \al-f? bet\, winner of the Persea Books Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor's Choice Award, and Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem, an NAACP Image Award and Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominee. He is a cofounder of the Affrilachian Poets, a Cave Canem graduate, and associate professor of english at IUPUI.

Writers’ Workshop graduate Heather Derr-Smith will read from her poetry collection Thrust, which revisits a backwoods Virginia girlhood marred by sexual violence.

“In a world shaped by violence, by the casual male assumption of authority, and part of ‘a family of seekers, pick ax and lust,’ she's a girl pursuing the intensity of experience on her own terms” —Library Journal, starred review

Heather Derr-Smith is the author of the poetry collections Each End of the World, The Bride Minaret, and Tongue Screw. She lives in Des Moines, Iowa.

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