POET TOI DERRICOTTE READING AT BABSON ON FEBRUARY 12
“As in the music of Billie Holiday, the work of Toi Derricotte is lit by a fusion of intimacy and intensity. She has long sounded the depths of history, family and self with an unflinching openness that moves beyond candor into visionary wisdom.” - Terrance Hayes
Charles D. and Marjorie J. Thompson Visiting Poet
- Who: Toi Derricotte, award-winning poet
- When: Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Sorenson Center for the Arts, Babson College, Wellesley, MA
- Info: Admission is free, the public is welcome
Born in Hamtramck, Michigan in 1941, Toi Derricotte is an award-winning poet; co-founder of Cave Canem writing workshop for African-American poets; Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh; and, since 2012, a Chancellor of the American Academy of Poets.
Her poetry collections are The Empress of the Death House, Natural Birth, Captivity, Tender, and The Undertaker’s Daughter, published between 1978 and 2011. These collections are deeply interested in race, gender, violence, fertility, family life and many other concerns, in language and form that “blend personal history, invention and reportage” (Publishers Weekly). Her prose autobiography The Black Notebooks: An Interior Journey (1997) draws on diary and notebook entries from two decades. It explores the identity of a light-skinned black woman frequently mistaken for white and occasionally opting to pass as such. This autobiography was a New York Times Notable Book.
Among Toi Derricotte’s many awards are the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America; the Distinguished Pioneering of the Arts Award from the United Black Artists; and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Guggenheim Foundation.
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