Zell Visiting Writers Series: Courtney Faye Taylor

Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 5:30pm

Zell Visiting Writers Series readings and Q&As are free and open to the public, and will be offered both virtually (via Zoom) and in person (in UMMA's Stern Auditorium). Seats are offered on a first come, first served basis; please arrive early to secure a spot. Please contact asbates@umich.edu with any questions or accommodation needs. Login here (no pre-registration needed): https://tinyurl.com/ZellWriters

Literati Bookstore will be on hand to facilitate book sales.

Courtney Faye Taylor is the author of Concentrate (Graywolf Press, 2022). It is the winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize selected by Rachel Eliza Griffiths and was a finalist for the National Poetry Series.

Concentrate considers the life of Latasha Harlins, a fifteen-year-old Black girl killed by a Korean-American grocer named Soon Ja Du in 1991. Her murder, along with Rodney King’s beating, served as a catalyst for the 1992 L.A. Uprising. Through poems, visual collages, dialogues and essays, Concentrate reflects on the precariousness of Black girlhood and explores tension between Black and Korean-American communities, specifically how white supremacy is the instigator of that tension.

Courtney earned her B.A. from Agnes Scott College and her MFA from the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program where she received the Hopwood Prize in Poetry. She is also the winner of the 92Y Discovery Prize and an Academy of American Poets Prize. The recipient of residencies and fellowships from Cave Canem and the Charlotte Street Foundation, Courtney’s writing can be found in Kenyon Review, The Nation, Ploughshares, Best New Poets, The New Republic and elsewhere.

As a visual artist, Courtney pairs photography and found materials with various poetic forms. Her visual poems can be found in Poetry Magazine and on display in exhibitions. For more, visit courtneyfayetaylor.com.

Event address: 
525 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Concentrate: Poems By Courtney Faye Taylor Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644452103
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - November 1st, 2022