- Longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award for Poetry
Winner of the 2017 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Poetry
Winner of the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Award
myself body enough for two, for we.
Found comfort in never being lonely.
What burst from my back, from my bones, what lived
along the ridge from crown to crown, from mane?
to forked tongue beneath the skin. What clamor
we made in the birthing. What hiss and rumble
at the splitting, at the horns and beard,?
at the glottal bleat. What bridges our back.
What strong neck, what bright eye. What menagerie
are we. What we’ve made of ourselves.
—from “Love Poem: Chimera”
FutureLit: A Conversation & Celebration with Danez Smith, Donika Kelly, and Malcolm Tariq
What is the sustenance within storytelling? How do we make a vessel for difficult conversations? Where does art live in the body?
Graywolf Press partners with BAM to present an evening of readings and conversation with authors that are writing us into the future and broadening literary horizons. Select Graywolf authors present original work, prompting dialogue about what the future of art holds, written and otherwise. Afterwards, we offer nourishment, drinks, spaces to mingle, and comfortable corners to read, and invite attendees to help cultivate a collective space to dream, dialogue, and recreate. We’ll open the floor to music and dancing and encourage you to continue the conversation as you like, through movement, language, or an expression of your choosing.
Books will be available for purchase through Greenlight Bookstore, BAM’s official bookseller, with selections by featured authors available at a special 15% discount for attendees of this event.
- “[Bestiary] is a testament to poetry’s ability to capture and refine emotion.”—The New York Times Book Review
- “[A] magical poetry debut. . . . Poems about an abusive father yield to those about creatures of legend . . . and the human act of reclaiming your life by telling your story.”—O, The Oprah Magazine
- “Stunning. . . . Bestiary asserts the will to survive and the power of reinvention.”—San Francisco Chronicle
- “[An] astounding debut. . . . Kelly’s creatures howl and whimper as she imparts emotional truths.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review