Dante Micheaux in Conversation with Jessica B. Harris
Dante Micheaux joins Jessica B. Harris in conversation about the poetry of food. Micheaux will read from his own work and discuss other poems by James Emmanuel, Fenton Johnson, Essex Hemphill and Elizabeth Alexander. The conversation will highlight the importance of food in African-American poetic thought and as a vehicle for cultural relationship.
About the Speakers
Dante Micheaux is the author of Circus, which won the Four Quartets Prize from the Poetry Society of America and the T. S. Eliot Foundation, and Amorous Shepherd. His poems and translations have appeared in African American Review; The American Poetry Review; Callaloo; Literary Imagination; Poem-A–Day; Poetry; and Tongue—among other journals and anthologies.
Micheaux’s honors include the Oscar Wilde Award, the Ambit Poetry Prize, and fellowships from The New York Times Foundation and Cave Canem Foundation, where he currently serves as Director of Programs.
Dr. Jessica B. Harris is America’s leading scholar on the food and foodways of the African Diaspora. Dr. Harris received the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020, and she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2021. In the same year, her book High on the Hog was adapted into a Netflix series; in 2022, the series won a Peabody and an NAACP Image Award, and was renewed for a second season. She serves on NYBG’s Board of Trustees.
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Presented by NYBG’s Humanities Institute with generous support from the Mellon Foundation