Sunday, June 30, 2019

Margo Crawford discusses poetry and visual art at Nikki Giovanni seminar

Margo Natalie Crawford was one of the highlights of the Nikki Giovanni seminar hosted by Furious Flower. I've known Margo for years now, as we're both into Black Arts studies. But usually, we're talking in passing or on a panel. At the Giovanni seminar, I got to learn more from her.

She's the author of a few different books, most recently, Black Post-Blackness The Black Arts Movement and Twenty-First-Century Aesthetics (2017). Between sessions at the seminar, she and I talked Black Arts, African American literary studies, Black Studies, and of course Giovanni.

For her presentation, Margo focused on Giovanni's volume My House. Among other things, she raised this important question: “How does a feeling of public interiority shape Giovanni’s Black Arts Movement poetry?” And rather than concentrate solely on conventional poems, she spent some time discussing visual art, one of her specialties.

A notebook on the Furious Flower Nikki Giovanni seminar

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