Detroit Roots: A Reading Featuring Tarfia Faizullah, Vievee Francis, and Matthew Olzmannin

The spring semester of Engaging the Senses Foundation’s ongoing Poetry and the Senses partnership with U.C. Berkeley’s Arts and Research Center (ARC) is in full swing as the spring 2022 semester’s Poetry and the Senses Fellows continue their investigation of the theme of coexistence, which “has a spatial component, and implies the sharing of space or cohabitation within overlapping territories; it also has a temporal dimension, suggesting simultaneous presence with others in the same moment in time.”

On Thursday, April 28, 2022, from 5:30 – 7pm PST Poetry and the Senses will present another fine event in Detroit Roots: A reading featuring Tarfia Faizullah, Vievee Francis, and Matthew Olzmannin in conversation with ARC’s Chiyuma Elliott & Poetry and the Senses Fellow Jesse Nathan

This online event will be in-person, recorded and posted on ARC’s YouTube Channel post-event.

Tarfia Faizullah is the author of two poetry collections, REGISTERS OF ILLUMINATED VILLAGES (Graywolf, 2018) and SEAM (SIU, 2014). Tarfia’s writing appears widely in the U.S. and abroad.

Vievee Francis is the author of The Shared World, which is forthcoming from Northwestern University Press; Forest Primeval (TriQuarterly Books, 2015), winner of the 2017 Kingsley Tufts Award; Horse in the Dark (Northwestern University Press, 2012), winner of the Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize; and Blue-Tail Fly (Wayne State University Press, 2006).

Matthew Olzmann is the author of Constellation Route (forthcoming in January 2022 from Alice James Books) as well as two previous collections of poetry: Mezzanines (selected for the 2011 Kundiman Prize) and Contradictions in the Design.