Don't Call Us Dead
- Finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry
Winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection
Winner of the Poetry Society of America's Four Quartets Prize
bad dog. bad blood. bad day to be a boy
color of a July well spent. but here, not earth
not heaven, we can’t recall our white shirts
turned ruby gowns. here, there’s no language
for officer or law, no color to call white.
if snow fell, it’d fall black. please, don’t call
us dead, call us alive someplace better.
we say our own names when we pray.
we go out for sweets & come back.
—from “summer, somewhere”
Graywolf at 45: Minneapolis Literary Gala
Celebrate Graywolf's forty-five years of adventurous publishing and welcome our biggest literary stars to our home town
The 2019 Graywolf Literary Gala will feature Eula Biss (On Immunity; Notes from No Man's Land), Maggie Nelson (The Argonauts; The Red Parts), and Claudia Rankine (Citizen; The White Card) with introductions by Danez Smith (Don't Call Us Dead).
Join us for a wonderful evening featuring three authors who embody Graywolf's mission, and enjoy a gourmet appetizer and cocktail reception followed by a seated program with wine, cheese, and desserts. As Graywolf looks back on forty-five years of adventurous publishing, help us celebrate becoming a destination press for some of the most ground-breaking writers of our time.
Tickets on sale starting March 1, 2019. Single tickets are $275, and two or more tickets are $250 each ($75 of each ticket is not tax-deductible). Sponsorships are available starting at $1,000; to learn more, contact Rachel Fulkerson at email@example.com.
All proceeds support Graywolf Press, a nonprofit publisher committed to the discovery and energetic publication of twenty-first century American and international literature.
- “[Danez Smith's] poems are enriched to the point of volatility, but they pay out, often, in sudden joy. . . . But they also know the magic trick of making writing on the page operate like the most ecstatic speech.”—The New Yorker
- “[A] stunning collection. . . . These pieces pulse with the rhythms and assertiveness one expects from poetry slams.”—The Washington Post
- “Smith activates a spectrum of emotions in material that could justifiably remain tragic, bringing pathos and several senses of humor.”—The Nation
- “This will be one of the year’s essential books.”—NPR