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Mutiny: Phillip B. Williams in conversation with Danez Smith

Event date: 
Saturday, September 11, 2021 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

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Charis welcomes Phillip B. Williams in conversation with Danez Smith for a celebration of Mutiny. From the critically acclaimed author of Thief in the Interior who writes with "a lucid, unmitigated humanity" (Boston Review), a startling new collection about revolt and renewal. This event is co-hosted by the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History. 

Mutiny: a rebellion, a subversion, an onslaught. In poems that rebuke classical mythos and western canonical figures, and embrace Afro-Diasporanfolk and spiritual imagery, Phillip B. Williams conjures the hell of being erased, exploited, and ill-imagined and then, through a force and generosity of vision, propels himself into life, selfhood, and a path forward. Intimate, bold, and sonically mesmerizing, Mutiny addresses loneliness, desire, doubt, memory, and the borderline between beauty and tragedy. With a ferocity that belies the tenderness and vulnerability at the heart of this remarkable collection, Williams honors the transformative power of anger, and the clarity that comes from allowing that anger to burn clean.

Phillip B. Williams is from Chicago, IL, and is the author of the book Thief in the Interior (Alice James, 2016). A recipient of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, Lambda Literary Award, and Whiting Award, he has also received fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. He currently teaches at Bennington College and the Randolph College low-residency MFA.

Danez Smith is the author of three collections including Homie, winner of MN Book Award as well as a finalist for the NAACP Image Award and the National Book Critic Circle Award, and Don’t Call Us Dead – winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award, and a finalist for the National Book Award. Danez's poetry and prose has been featured in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The New Yorker, GQ, Best American Poetry and on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Danez is a member of the Dark Noise Collective and is the co-host of the podcast VS with Franny Choi. Danez’s work employs the confessional and the communal voice to hopefully offer something of use to Black and/or Queer and/or Poz readers and whoever else might encounter something useful in the work. They live in Minneapolis near their people.

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Mutiny (Penguin Poets) By Phillip B. Williams Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143136934
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Published: Penguin Books - September 7th, 2021

Winner of the 2022 American Book Award
Finalist for the PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry 
Longlisted for the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award
Finalist for Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry
Named one of the Best Books of 2021 by The Boston Globe and Lit Hub

Homie: Poems By Danez Smith Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644450109
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Graywolf Press - January 21st, 2020


Danez Smith is our president

Don't Call Us Dead: Poems By Danez Smith Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555977856
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Graywolf Press - September 5th, 2017

Finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry
Winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection

“[Smith's] poems are enriched to the point of volatility, but they pay out, often, in sudden joy.”—
The New Yorker

Event Summary: 
Charis welcomes Phillip B. Williams in conversation w/ Danez Smith for a celebration of Mutiny. From the critically acclaimed author of Thief in the Interior who writes with "a lucid, unmitigated humanity" a startling new collection about revolt & renewal