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Xandria Phillips was selected as the newest creative writing fellow at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics from 2021-2023.

CAAPP names poet Xandria Phillips as new creative writing fellow

By Jessica McKenzie, Staff Writer June 23, 2021
When Xandria Phillips was growing up, they wrote poetry as a way to cope with the ups and downs of being a teenager in rural Ohio. Now they are the newest creative writing fellow at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics from 2021-2023.
Natalie Diaz joined poet Lillian-Yvonne Bertram and writer and performance artist lê thị diễm thúy for “Of Sounds and Re-sounds” Wednesday night, as the fourth event in the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics’ “Black Studies 2.0” series.

CAAPP event explores sound, diaspora and oppression

By Charlie Taylor, Culture Editor April 16, 2021
Diana Khoi Nguyen, an assistant professor of English writing, curated and moderated “Of Sounds and Re-sounds” Wednesday night as the fourth event in the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics’ “Black Studies 2.0” series.
Dawn Lundy Martin: Teaching the poetics of engagement

Dawn Lundy Martin: Teaching the poetics of engagement

By Julia Kreutzer, Senior Staff Columnist April 8, 2021
While she may not have imagined it as such, Dawn Lundy Martin's passion for poetry would soon spiral into an illustrious career spent telling stories and empowering others to do the same.
Zun Lee.

‘The Sweetness that Survives the Slaughter’: Zun Lee and Aracelis Girmay discuss hope, vulnerability

By Sinead McDevitt, Senior Staff Writer October 2, 2020
Zun Lee and Aracelis Girmay presented works that celebrated the beauty of Black life and moments of quiet tenderness.
Emily Greenwood, professor of classics and African American studies at Yale University, started off CAAPP’s Black Study Intensive week with her virtual talk “Overthrowing Deadly Metaphors” on Monday afternoon.

Some classics translations skirt conversations about race, Yale professor says

By Martha Layne, Assistant News Editor September 30, 2020
Greenwood’s Monday afternoon talk, “Overthrowing Deadly Metaphors,” kicked off the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics’ week of Black Study Intensive sessions. The event featured Greenwood presenting her unpublished paper on the language of Aristotle, as well as discussion with Greenwood moderated by Dan Kubis, senior English literature lecturer.
After the performance, audience members speak with poet Tongo Eisen-Martin.

Falling into the t(rap) of poetry with Tongo Eisen-Martin and Simone White

By Sinead McDevitt, Staff Writer March 3, 2020
Snippets of conversation that rose above the heavy bass of the music started to die down as Tongo Eisen-Martin took the stage at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater
Colorful chapbooks — small collections of poetry centered on a theme — line the featured shelves in Hillman’s new African American poetry exhibit. The featured books were written and signed by black poets who have visited Pitt’s campus.

Catalog of visiting black poets’ work on display in Hillman Library

By Brenden Rearick, For The Pitt News February 20, 2020
Colorful chapbooks — small collections of poetry centered on a theme — currently line the featured shelves in Hillman’s new African American poetry exhibit.
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