The Anderson Center will host a reading by two important voices in American poetry, Afaa Michael Weaver and Marcus Wicker, on Friday, November 10, 2017, at 7 p.m. in the Anderson Center’s historic barn. Following the reading there will be a reception and book signing. Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen will be introducing the poets for this special literary event. This event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited to 117.
Afaa Michael Weaver has published 15 collections of poetry, and will be reading from his 2017 University of Pittsburgh Press publication, Spirit Boxing. Drawing on his fifteen years of experience as a factory worker in his native Baltimore, Weaver crafts poems that extend from his life to the lives that inhabit the broader landscape of the American working class. He writes with an intimacy that is rare in American poetry, and that affirms comparisons between his work and Walt Whitman’s. Weaver received one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the country, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for The Government of Nature (U Pitt 2013), and for City of Eternal Spring (U Pitt 2014) the 2015 Phillis Wheatley Award. His other awards include the Mae Sarton Award, an NEA fellowship (1985) in poetry, a Pew fellowship (1998), a Fulbright appointment (2002) to teach in Taiwan, the Gold Friendship Medal from the Beijing Writers Association, four Pushcart prizes, and most recently a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship.
Marcus Wicker has published two books of poetry, and will be reading from his second book, Silencer, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017. Dense with echoes and vibrant with syncopation, Wicker’s poetry presents a festive array of characters from African-American culture and music to make serious commentary on memory, sadness, race, self-consciousness, and desire. Wicker is steeped in American culture, drawing from rap, jazz, hip-hop, Bruce Lee movies, but doing so to make us question what’s below the veneer of popular culture. Marcus Wicker is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, The Missouri Review’s Miller Audio Prize, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem and The Fine Arts Work Center. His first collection Maybe the Saddest Thing, a National Poetry Series winner, was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. Wicker’s poems have appeared in The Nation, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Oxford American, and Boston Review.
The Anderson Center gratefully acknowledges that this activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
The Anderson Center, located in Red Wing, is an artist community incorporated as a 501(c)3 in 1995. Recognized internationally as an Artist Residency, the Center has provided space and time at no cost to 723 emerging, mid-career, and established artists from 40 states and 35 countries to create new artistic works or complete existing work. Half of the 723 artists that have been in residency have been Minnesota artists. The Center also provides arts experiences to the citizens of Red Wing and the surrounding area through three annual arts festivals, four arts exhibitions, literary readings, and a musical event.For more information, please call 651-388-2009 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org