AMHERST, Mass. — The University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA for Poets and Writers program presents a reading by poet Fred Moten on Thursday, March 30 at 8 p.m. in Memorial Hall. A reception at the University Club (243 Stockbridge Rd.) will follow the reading.
Moten is professor of English at the University of California, Riverside, where he teaches courses and conducts research in black studies, performance studies, poetics and literary theory. He is the author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition, Hughson’s Tavern, B. Jenkins, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (with Stefano Harney), The Feel Trio (a poetry finalist for the National Book Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize and winner of the California Book Award for poetry), The Little Edges (a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award) and The Service Porch.
Of Moten’s recent collection, poet Maggie Nelson said, “The poetic vision, or sound, of The Little Edges is remarkable in its range of reference, deep music, surprise at every turn, softness of lyric address coupled with political meditation, and undeniable beauty.” In 2016, Moten was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Stephen E. Henderson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry by the African American Literature and Culture Society. He lives in Los Angeles.
Moten is reading as part of the MFA program’s Visiting Writers Series. Celebrating its 53rd year, the nationally renowned series presents emerging and established writers of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Moten’s reading is sponsored in part by the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies. The series is sponsored by the MFA for Poets and Writers and the Juniper Initiative, and made possible by support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the UMass Arts Council and the English department. The reading is free and open to the public.