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Lucille Clifton’s Buffalo (04.11.2021)


Teaching Artist:
Kazim Ali
See the description below for more information about the Teaching Artist

Sunday, April 11, 2021

1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EST

Lucille Clifton’s work is deeply embedded in the geographical and social landscape of Buffalo. We will look at three separate poems by Clifton, including the “buffalo war” (the “tyrone” and “willie b” poems) sequence from good times, “the lost baby poem” from good news about the earth, and “lot’s wife 1988” from quilting, to think about the way Clifton wrote about the social and cultural life of the city, as well as consider ways that we as writers engage “place” in our own work. We will do some generative writing in response to prompts shaped by Clifton’s work, and share some of that writing. Note on the readings: These poems are all included in Clifton’s Collected Poems as well as the original titles. The first two readings are included in good woman.

Please note the following workshop requirements:

  • Limit one ticket per purchase.
  • Any tickets purchased at the member price require a current Just Buffalo membership.

If you’d like to participate but there’s a financial barrier, scholarships are available! Email info@justbuffalo.org.

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About the Teaching Artist

Kazim Ali was born in the United Kingdom and has lived transnationally in the United States, Canada, India, France, and the Middle East. His books encompass multiple genres, including the volumes of poetry Inquisition; Sky Ward, winner of the Ohioana Book Award in Poetry; The Far Mosque, winner of Alice James Books’ New England/New York Award; The Fortieth Day; All One’s Blue; and the cross-genre texts Bright Felon and Wind Instrument. His novels include the recently published The Secret Room: A String Quartet and among his books of essays are the hybrid memoir Silver Road: Essays, Maps & Calligraphies and Fasting for Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual Practice. He is also an accomplished translator (of Marguerite Duras, Sohrab Sepehri, Ananda Devi, Mahmoud Chokrollahi and others) and an editor of several anthologies and books of criticism. After a career in public policy and organizing, Ali taught at various colleges and universities, including Oberlin College, Davidson College, St. Mary’s College of California, and Naropa University. He is currently a Professor of Literature at the University of California, San Diego. His newest books are a volume of three long poems entitled The Voice of Sheila Chandra and a memoir of his Canadian childhood, Northern Light.

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General $30, Members $25