IN PERSON Lit Lunch - In Conversation with Jericho Brown
Writing with Compassion and Courage
Friday, December 1, 2023 | 11am-12:30pm MT
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This is a free event.
Finding your voice and sharing it on the page (or stage) requires a degree of vulnerability that is arguably unique to writers and artists alike. Whether prose, poetry, fiction, or nonfiction, writers can ask their words to carry the weight of complex themes. When we dig deep into the nuances of our identity, race, sexuality, and the many other communities we carry within us, how can we explore creatively, with courage, and with care?
Join us for this special Lit Lunch session, where Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jericho Brown will be in conversation with moderator Nolan Hill to discuss these and many other topics.
AWCS brings you this event in collaboration with the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program at the University of Calgary and the Centre for Sexuality.
This program takes place in person at the Alexandra Writers’ Centre (AWCS), on the 4th floor of cSpace Marda Loop (map).
Jericho Brown is the author of The Tradition (Copper Canyon 2019), for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and he is the winner of the Whiting Award. Brown’s first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. His third collection, The Tradition, won the Paterson Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His poems have appeared in The Bennington Review, Buzzfeed, Fence, jubilat, The New Republic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, TIME magazine, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry. He is the director of the Creative Writing Program and a professor at Emory University. www.jerichobrown.com
Nolan E. Hill is the Gay Men’s Health Specialist at the Centre for Sexuality in Calgary, AB, Canada. In this role, he works with gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (gbMSM) to facilitate access to health services and information, with a primary focus on HIV/STBBI prevention, testing, and care. He supports gbMSM through systems navigation, health education, and leadership development programming in the community. He is passionate about health justice and ensuring queer and trans voices are amplified in the health system. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from the University of Calgary.
The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program (CDWP) strives to advance the careers of Canadian writers, invigorate the Calgary writing community, and enhance the activities of the Faculty of Arts and the Department of English. The program achieves its objectives through two annual residency programs: one for an emerging Canadian writer, and one for a distinguished writer of international stature.
Since its inception in 1993, the program has brought to Calgary two Nobel Laureates—Derek Walcott and Wole Soyinka—and such literary luminaries as Zadie Smith, Neil Gaiman, Oliver Sacks, Timothy Findley, Thomas King, Ursula K. Le Guin, Michael Ondaatje, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author and illustrator Art Spiegelman, among others.