February 22, 2024 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm ET
South College E470

Join us for the first event in the Trans/Queer Colloquium of Spring 2024

Thinking Lucille Clifton Thinking

How do we think gendered being at the beginning and ending of the world? Across Lucille Clifton’s work is both an engagement of this question and, as such, object lessons for black/feminist criticism. Or, to say it another way, Clifton thinking is a study in thinking.


Kevin Quashie teaches black cultural and literary studies and is a professor in the department of English at Brown University. Primarily, he focuses on black feminism, queer studies, and aesthetics, especially poetics. He is the author or editor of four books, most recently The Sovereignty of Quiet: Beyond Resistance in Black Culture (2012) and Black Aliveness, or A Poetics of Being (2021). Black Aliveness has been awarded two prizes: the James Russell Lowell Prize from the Modern Language Association (2022) and the Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism from the Poetry Foundation (2022). Currently, he is thinking about literary criticism as a form of estrangement and consolation or, said another way, he is thinking about the workings and potency of black sentences.