Poetry Reading: Jericho Brown & RA Washington

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Wednesday, Sept. 9
7 p.m.

This event is presented in partnership with the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, presented by the Cleveland Foundation and co-hosted by Brews + Prose at Market Garden Brewery.



Jericho Brown, one of two Anisfield-Wolf Book Award poetry winners this year, will give a poetry reading on Sept. 9 at Trinity Cathedral. He was awarded for his second poetry collection, The New Testament.

Jericho Brown was born Nelson Demery III, raised in Shreveport, Louisiana, and graduated magna cum laude from Dillard University in New Orleans. He worked as a speech writer to the city’s mayor and completed an MFA from the University of New Orleans before earning his doctorate in literature and creative writing at the University of Houston.

TNewTestamentJerichoBrownBrown won the prestigious Whiting Writers award in 2009 and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Krakow Poetry Seminary in Poland, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, where he worked on The New Testament. An assistant professor of English at Emory University in Atlanta, Brown is celebrated for his intense musicality, lyrical clarity and muscular impact. “Every last word is contagious” he writes to end the poem Heartland. For more on the poet, visit www.jerichobrown.com.

RA Washington is the author of 25 books, most recently The Paris Notebooks (NightBallet Press, 2015) and the novel CITI (Red Giant Books, 2015). In 2014, Washington was awarded a Creative Workforce Fellowship from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and a retrospective containing more than 100 of his multi-media projects, music and writing was organized for Fact/co in Montreal, Quebec through Constellation Records. In 2013 Washington Co-founded Guide To Kulchur: Text, Art & News, a bookstore, publishing imprint and show space located in Cleveland’s Historic Detroit Shoreway Neighborhood. This year marks the 20th year RA has run the independent electronic music label, Cleveland Tapes. You can find out more about his various projects via www.guidetokulchur.com andwww.clevelandtapes.com.

Mac’s Backs-Books on Coventry will provide books for sale and following the reading Brown will be available to sign copies.

The 2015 Anisfield-Wolf winners will be honored on Sept. 10 at the Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square. Click here to learn more about the award.

Parking: $10 in the Trinity lot at Prospect & E. 22nd Street as space allows. Trinity members stop by the reception desk for validation.