The Richard Cleaveland Memorial Reading by Valzhyna Mort & Nafissa Thompson-Spires

The Richard Cleaveland Memorial Reading by Valzhyna Mort & Nafissa Thompson-Spires
Thursday, February 18, 7:00 p.m.
Register at: english.cornell.edu/zalaznick

Cornell’s creative writing program faculty members, poet Valzhyna Mort and author Nafissa Thompson-Spires, will read from their work for the Richard Cleaveland Memorial Reading. The readings will be followed by a live Q&A, and moderated by writer and professor J. Robert Lennon. Both Mort’s and Thompson-Spires’s work explore the power of personal stories to challenge historical narratives and collective identities. Mort will read from her most recent collection, Music for the Dead and Resurrected, described by the publisher as a “book of letters to the dead,” in which “the prize-winning poet relearns how to mourn those erased by violent history,” and hopes to create a space of coping and awakening. Valzhyna Mort is a poet and translator born in Minsk, Belarus, and she writes in English and Belarusian.

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