Kiese Laymon, reading and in conversation with Tongo Eisen-Martin

Thursday, December 6, 2018, 1:00 pm
Photo of Kiese Laymon standing in front of a photo of James Baldwin and next to a bookshelf
The Poetry Center's In Common Writers Series presents Kiese Laymon, in conversation with Tongo Eisen-Martin. Laymon's Heavy: An American Memoir is out this October from Scribner. "Kiese Laymon has done nothing less than write the autobiography of the first generation of African Americans born after the Civil Rights movements of the 1960s and the Black Power ethos of the 1970s." — Courtney Baker. Supported by the Walter and Elise Haas Fund. Free.
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Humanities Building, The Poetry Center
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The Poetry Center
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The Poetry Center
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415-338-2227
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Kiese Laymon

Kiese Laymon is a black southern writer, born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. He attended Millsaps College and Jackson State University before graduating from Oberlin College. He earned his Master of Fine Arts in fiction from Indiana University. Laymon is the Ottilie Schillig Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi. He served as the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Nonfiction at University of Iowa in fall 2017. Laymon is the author of the novel Long Division and a collection of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. Laymon has written for numerous publications including New York Times, National Public Radio, Los Angeles Times, Esquire, The Guardian, McSweeneys, Colorlines, The Best American Series, Ebony and many others. He is a contributing editor of Oxford American.

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