All Falls Down: An Evening of Poetry with Sarah Kay, Anis Mojgani, Clint Smith and Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
The Sheen Center is proud to present "All Falls Down": A night of poetry with Sarah Kay, Anis Mojgani, Clint Smith, and Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib—four incredible poets whose work covers the sadness, fears, anxieties, and joys of living in this wild world.
Sarah Kay is a poet and educator from New York City. She is the founder and co-director of Project VOICE, which brings spoken word poetry to schools and communities around the world. Sarah is the author of three books of poetry: No Matter the Wreckage (Write Bloody, 2014), B (Hachette Books, 2015), and The Type (Hachette Books, 2016). She is perhaps best known for her 2011 TEDtalk which garnered two standing ovations and has been viewed over nine million times online.
Anis Mojgani is a two time National Poetry Slam Champion, winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam, and multiple-time TEDx Speaker. He has been awarded residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, AIR Serenbe, and the Oregon Literary Arts Writers-In-The-Schools program. The author of four books, his latest, The Pocketknife Bible is an illustrated poetry memoir about growing up in New Orleans.
Clint Smith is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University and has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and the National Science Foundation. He is a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion and was a speaker at the 2015 TED Conference. His writing has been published or is forthcoming in The New Yorker, The Guardian, The American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Harvard Educational Review and elsewhere. He is the author of Counting Descent (2016) and was born and raised in New Orleans.
Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. He is a poetry editor at Muzzle Magazine, a columnist at MTV News, and a Callaloo creative writing fellow. His first collection of poems, The Crown Ain't Worth Much, was released in July 2016 by Button Poetry.