At Home with Literati: Jonah Mixon-Webster

Monday, August 2, 2021 - 7:00pm

We're pleased to welcome Jonah Mixon-Webster to our At Home with Literati Series in support of Stereo(TYPE). He'll be joined in conversation by Taylor Johnson.

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About the collection: At the intersections of space and the body, race and region, sexuality and class, comes the poetry of Jonah Mixon-Webster. Stereo(TYPE) is a reckoning and a force, a revision of our most sacred mythologies, and a work of documentary poetry reporting from Mixon-Webster's hometown of Flint, Michigan, where clean tap water remains an uncertainty and the aftermath of racist policies persist. Challenging stereotypes through scenes that scatter with satire, violence, and the extreme vagaries of everyday life, Mixon-Webster invents visual/sonic forms, conceptualizes poems as FAQs and transcripts, dives into dreamscapes and modern tragedies, deconstructing the very foundations America is built on. Interrogating language and the ways we wield it as both sword and shield, Stereo(TYPE) is a one-of-a-kind, rapturous collection of vital and beautiful poems

Jonah Mixon-Webster is a poet and conceptual/sound artist from Flint, Michigan. Stereo(TYPE) is his debut collection of poems. It was originally published by Ahsahta Press in 2018 and won the Sawtooth Poetry Prize, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University and received a Ph.D. in creative writing from Illinois State University. He is the recipient of the Windham Campbell Prize for Poetry, and fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics, the Conversation Literary Festival, and the PEN Writing for Justice Program. His work has appeared in The Yale ReviewCallalooHarper's Magazine, and Best American Experimental Writing 2018.

Taylor Johnson is from Washington, DC. They are the author of Inheritance (Alice James Books, 2020), winner of the 2021 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. Their work appears in The Paris Review, The Baffler, Scalawag, and elsewhere. Johnson is a Cave Canem graduate fellow and a recipient of the 2017 Larry Neal Writers’ Award from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the 2021 Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging Writers from Lambda Literary. They live in New Orleans where they listen.

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Stereo(TYPE): Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524711948
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf - July 13th, 2021

Inheritance Cover Image
ISBN: 9781948579131
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Alice James Books - November 10th, 2020