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Literary | Talks

FutureLit: A Conversation & Celebration

Thu, Feb 6, 2020
  • 6:30PM
+  RSVP is strongly encouraged and allows us to send you reminders and updates as we get closer to the event. By RSVP-ing, you give permission for BAM and Graywolf to send you promotional materials. If no more RSVP slots are available then early access is closed, however as space allows, we will admit people on a first come, first served basis.
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Thursday February 06, 2020
Performances no longer available.

Co-presented by BAM & Graywolf Press
With Donika Kelly, Danez Smith, and Malcolm Tariq

If no more RSVP slots are available then early access is closed, however as space allows, we will admit people on a first come, first served basis.

What is the sustenance within storytelling? How do we make a vessel for difficult conversations? Where does art live in the body?

BAM partners with Graywolf Press to present an evening of readings and conversation with authors that are writing us into the future and broadening literary horizons. Select Graywolf authors present original work, prompting dialogue about what the future of art holds, written and otherwise. Afterwards, we offer nourishment, drinks, spaces to mingle, and comfortable corners to read, and invite attendees to help cultivate a collective space to dream, dialogue, and recreate. We’ll open the floor to music and dancing and encourage you to continue the conversation as you like, through movement, language, or an expression of your choosing.

Books will be available for purchase through Greenlight Bookstore, BAM’s official bookseller, with selections by featured authors available at a special 15% discount for attendees of this event.

Mingle & Unwind
Drinks and light snacks, peruse books available for sale by featured authors
Main Program
Readings and conversation with Graywolf authors
Music, dancing, and conversation in our cozy lounge space
Presenting Authors
Future of Lit
Donika Kelly

Donika Kelly is the author of Bestiary, which won the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Her second full-length collection, The Renunciations, from Graywolf Press, is forthcoming in May 2021.

Future of Lit
Danez Smith

Danez Smith is the author of Homie and Don’t Call Us Dead, winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection and finalist for the National Book Award. They live in Minneapolis.

Future of Lit
Malcolm Tariq

Savannah, Georgia-bred poet Malcolm Tariq is the author of Heed the Hollow, which won the 2018 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and Extended Play, which won the 2017 Gertrude Press Poetry Chapbook Contest.