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Book of Hours: An Evening of Poetry and Conjure by Kevin Young

When: Wed., Nov. 6, 7 p.m. 2013

It’s impressive enough that poet Kevin Young is a National Book Award finalist, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. This Harvard graduate and Emory poetry professor has also been awarded a Stegner Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an NEA Fellowship, and he’s also been recognized with awards for several poetry collections. Now he’s been commissioned to write the principal essay in the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art’s catalogue for their upcoming exhibition Renée Stout: Tales of the Conjure Woman. Young and Stout, along with two professors from the College of Charleston, visited the nearby African Oyotunji Village as part of the research for project. Young’s lecture will be an evening of both poetry and prose, as he’ll read excerpts from that essay as well as from some of his older works. “I’m always excited to bring contemporary African-American artists to CofC," says Dr. Consuela Francis, director of the college’s African American Studies program. 'It’s wonderful exposure for our students and a great way to introduce audiences to African American literature being produced right now.” —Elizabeth Pandolfi

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