Acclaimed Poet Aracelis Girmay to Give a Reading at Williams College

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., April 1, 2019—Award-winning poet Aracelis Girmay will give a reading and discuss her work at Williams College. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Tuesday, April 9, at 6 p.m. in Griffin, room 3. A reception and book signing will follow.

Aracelis Girmay grew up in Southern California. She is the author of three books of poems: the black maria (BOA, 2016); Teeth (Curbstone Press, 2007), winner of a GLCA New Writers Award; and Kingdom Animalia (BOA, 2011), the winner of the Isabella Gardner Award and finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Girmay is also the author/illustrator of the collage-based picture book, changing. For her work, she was nominated for a Neustadt International Prize for Literature in 2018. For the last several years, she was on the faculty of Hampshire College’s School for Interdisciplinary Arts and before that taught community writing workshops with young people in New York and California.

At Williams College, Girmay currently serves as the Margaret Bundy Scott Professor in the English Department. She has received grants, training, and fellowships in support of her projects from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Whiting Foundation, Civitella Ranieri, the Cave Canem Foundation, and the Community-Word Project, among other programs. She is also on the editorial board of the African Poetry Book Fund.


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