Literary Arts Series

Authors visit BCC

Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh is the Literary Arts Series author and will be speaking April 14, 2016.

Amitav Ghosh was born in Calcutta and grew up in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He studied in Delhi, Oxford and Alexandria and is the author of The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In An Antique Land, Dancing in Cambodia, The Calcutta Chromosome, The Glass Palace, The Hungry Tide, and the first two volumes of The Ibis Trilogy; Sea of Poppies, and River of Smoke.

—from author’s site

His 2015 Berlin Family Lectures are available with video as background to the literature, history, and politics of climate change.

Jamaal May

Jamaal May is the 2015 Poetry Arts Series poet. He will be speaking Monday, November 9th, at 1:45 p.m. in TEC-128.

May’s poetry uses images of technology past and present to render the “hum” that drives human identity and connection. Since Hum’s publication in 2013, May has won the Beatrice Hawley Award, the ALA Notable Book Award, and was a finalist for the NAACP Image award and Kate Tufts Discovery Award.

Jamaal May was born in 1982 in Detroit, MI where he taught poetry in public schools and worked as a freelance audio engineer. His first book, Hum (Alice James Books), received the American Library Association’s Notable Book Award, Foreword Review’s Book of the Year Silver Medal, an NAACP Image Award nomination, and was named one The Boston Globe’s Best Books of 2013. In 2014 Jamaal received several honors including the Spirit of Detroit Award, The J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize from Poetry, as well as fellowships from Rose O’Neil Literary House, Lannan Foundation, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy. Recent work appears from, The New Republic, Poetry Daily, and Ploughshares. Poems have also been anthologized in Please Excuse this Poem: 100 Poems for the Next Generation (Penguin), 2015 Pushcart Prize Anthology (Pushcart Press), Best American Poetry 2014 (Scribner), and elsewhere. Jamaal is currently a Kenyon Review Fellow and co-directs Organic Weapon Arts with Tarfia Faizullah.

The Normal School
The Kenyon Review
The Southeast Review

“There Are Birds Here”
“God of the Wood”
“Ode to the White-Line-Swallowing Horizon”
“Open Mouth Requiem”

More published poems here.