Join us via Zoom Wednesday, November 17th, at 7PM, for an intimate and far-reaching discussion with three major American poets. Honoree Fannone Jeffers, Lawrence Joseph and Valzhyna Mort will gather on Zoom to discuss poetry and change. They will talk about the ways they've seen poetry operate on the world, change them, and, of course, evolve as a form over time. From Minsk to Beirut and Detroit, from Baltimore to Oklahoma, these poets come from a wide variety of places and poetic traditions -- with differing assumptions on the role of poetry in society. Drawing on the art of Phillis Wheatley and Russian modernists, from the poetics of Gertrude Stein to that of William Carlos Williams and Black Arts poets, this group will weigh the ways style is part of a struggle. They will talk about why poetry is used or deployed in moments of tumult, and how they, as poets, interact with these impulses. Each of them will speak briefly about the changes they have seen, been part of, and experienced in the terms of poetry. They will then join together for a discussion, moderated by editor John Freeman, followed by a brief Q&A.  Books by the authors, along with the new issue of Freeman's, Change, will be available for purchase from Talking Leaves.

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The Participants:

John Freeman is the founder of the literary annual Freeman’s and the author and editor of ten books, including Dictionary of the Undoing, and, with Tracy K. Smith, There’s a Revolution Outside, My Love. The former editor of Granta, he lives in New York City, where he teaches writing at NYU and is an executive editor at Alfred A. Knopf.

Honorée Fanonne Jeffers is a fiction writer, poet, and essayist.  Her 2020 collection The Age of Phillis (Wesleyan), was longlisted for the National Book Award for Poetry. Her first novel The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois (Harper) is longlisted for the National Book Award for fiction. She is currently writing a biography of the great poet (and Buffalo native) Lucille Clifton, forthcoming from Knopf in 2026. She teaches creative writing and literature at University of Oklahoma.

Award winning poet and translator Valzhyna Mort is the author of Factory of Tears and Collected Body. Born in Minsk, Belarus, she writes in English and Belarusian. Her new collection Music for the Dead and Resurrected (FSG) was just released in paperback.

Lawrence Joseph is the author of numerous books of poetry, most recently A Certain Clarity: Selected Poems (FSG). Formerly a professor of law at St. John’s University School of Law, he lives in New York City.  


Event date: 
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
Talking Leaves...Books
951 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Freeman's: Change Cover Image
By John Freeman (Editor)
ISBN: 9780802158970
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Published: Grove Press - October 12th, 2021

The Age of Phillis (Wesleyan Poetry) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780819579492
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Published: Wesleyan University Press - March 3rd, 2020

The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois: An Oprah's Book Club Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062942937
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Published: Harper - August 24th, 2021

Music for the Dead and Resurrected: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374603243
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 9th, 2021

A Certain Clarity: Selected Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374539344
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 23rd, 2021