A Discussion with Aldon Nielsen: April, 19th 2013

Update: We regret to announce that this event is postponed — stay tuned for further details.

Aldon Lynn Nielson 

will be hosting a discussion:
“The Cry of my People:” Jazz, Poetry and the Black Arts
on Friday, April 19
2-4 PM in Rome Hall 771
An alum from our very own English department, Aldon Nielsen received his PhD in American Literature from GW in 1985 and currently teaches as the George and Barbara Kelly Professor of American Literature at Penn State University.

Reading Race: White American Poets and the Racial Discourse in the Twentieth Century

Nielsen was the first recipient of the Larry Neal Award for poetry; his work was selected by John Ashbery for the Best American Poems anthology; and he has received two Gertrude Stein Awards for innovation. Nielsen has published five volumes in verse: Heat Strings, Evacuation Routes, Stepping Razor, VEXT, and Mixage. His first work of literary criticism, Reading Race, won the SAMLA Studies Prize and a Kayden Award for best book in the humanities. Other works of criticism include Writing Between the Lines: Race and Intertextuality, C.L.R. James: A Critical Introduction, Black Chant: Languages of African-American Postmodernism, and Integral Music: Languages of African American Innovation, winner of the Josephine Miles Award.

This event was made possible by the collaboration of the GW English Department and the American Literature and Culture Organization. ALCO brings an Americanist voice to the study of literature and culture by participating in a larger national, transnational and hemispheric discussion with students, faculty, and interested members of the community. Aldon Nielsen is one such Americanist voice and both ALCO and the English Department are honored to be his host.

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