Poet Claudia Rankine reads from Citizen, her recent meditation on race in America, then sits for a conversation on art, trauma and social justice with Cleonie White and Sarah Stemp, clinicians from the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society.
“Claudia Rankine’s Citizen comes at you like doom,” wrote Hilton Als. “It’s the best note in the wrong song that is America. Its various realities—‘mistaken’ identity,’ social racism, the whole fabric of urban and suburban life—are almost too much to bear, but you bear them, because it’s the truth.”
A co-presentation with the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology
Poet Yusef Komunyakaa and actor Wendell Pierce—both Louisiana natives—share a stage for the first time.
Komunyakaa’s new collection is The Emperor of Water Clocks. “His voice, whether it embodies the specific experiences of a black man, a soldier in Vietnam, or a child in Bogalusa, Louisiana, is universal. It shows us in ever deeper ways what it is to be human,” wrote Toi Derricotte. Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, Pierce ("The Wire" and "Treme"), writes about “art’s power to transform us and the world” in his new memoir, The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, A Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken.
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