EVENT CANCELED - BOOK SALON: Atmospheric Embroidery

NOV 13, 2018 | 6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


9100: Skylight Room


November 13, 2018: 6:30 PM-8:00 PM




Center for the Study of Women and Society


This book salon event with Meena Alexander has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled for the Spring 2019 semester.

At the heart of Meena Alexander’s eighth volume of poetry Atmospheric Embroidery (TriQuarterly Books/ Northwestern University Press, is the poem cycle ‘Indian Ocean Blues’, a sustained meditation on the journey of the poet as a young child from India to Sudan..There are poems inspired by the drawings of children from war torn Darfur and others set in New York City in the present or in India — the suicide of a Dalit student, the gang rape of a young woman in Delhi. There are poems of love and poems of war. These sensual lyrics of body, memory and place evoke the fragile, shifting nature of dwelling in our times. Meena Alexander  will read from jer book and enter into conversation with scholar Dorothy Wang and poet Patricia Spears Jones, on questions of race, migration, memory, bodily violation and writing as a woman of color in New York City.

Co-sponsored with the Center for the Humanities, The Graduate Center Ph.D. program in English, the Poetics Group, the Postcolonial Studies Group, and the Feminist Press.