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NYU to Host Poet and Reggae Artist Linton Kwesi Johnson as Artist-in-Residence This Fall

August 29, 2014
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New York University’s Institute of African American Affairs will host poet and reggae artist Linton Kwesi Johnson for a series of events this fall that will showcase his African Caribbean cultural expressions in poetry and music.

All events are free and open to the public. To RSVP or for more information, please call 212.998.IAAA (4222). Ifeona Fulani, a faculty member in NYU’s Global Liberal Studies Program, will introduce all programs.

Johnson, a Jamaican-born British national, will be the artist-in-residence at the Institute of African American Affairs (IAAA) for the fall semester. He has written numerous books of poetry, including the highly acclaimed “Voices of the Living and the Dead,” “Dread, Beat An’ Blood,” and “Inglan Is A Bitch.” In 2002, Johnson became the first black poet and the second living poet to be published in the Penguin Modern Classics series. He also released several albums, including “Dread Beat An’ Blood,” “Forces of Victory,” “Bass Culture,” and “Making History.”

Fri., Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m.
Linton Kwesi Johnson main lecture: “African Consciousness in Reggae Music”
Growing up in London, reggae music provided Johnson with not only a sense
of identity but also a career as a successful recording artist and performer.
Kimmel Center – NYU • Rosenthal Pavilion • 10th Floor
60 Washington Square South (at LaGuardia Place)

Tues., Sept. 23, 7 p.m.
An evening of poetry with Linton Kwesi Johnson
The reading will be followed by discussion chaired by British Caribbean novelist and essayist, Caryl Phillips, Professor of English at Yale University.
Kimmel Center – NYU, Eisner and Lubin Auditorium, 4th Floor
60 Washington Square South (at LaGuardia Place)

Fri., Sept. 26, 6 p.m.
Mervyn Morris on Louise Bennett
Mervyn Morris, Jamaica’s poet laureate, talk on Louise Bennett, the mother of
Jamaican language poetry, followed by discussion chaired by Linton Kwesi Johnson.
NYU School of Law, D’Agostino Hall, Room: Lipton Hall
108 West Third Street (between Sullivan and MacDougal Streets)

Fri., Oct. 10, 6 p.m.
An Evening of Caribbean Poetry
With Kwame Dawes (Jamaica/Ghana), Lauren Alleyne (Trinidad), Olive Senior (Jamaica)
and Vladimir Lucien (St. Lucia) reading from their works — chaired by Kwame Dawes.
NYU School of Law, D’Agostino Hall, Room: Lipton Hall
108 West Third Street (between Sullivan and MacDougal Streets)

For updates and more information please visit the IAAA website: nyuiaaa.org.
 

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Press Contact: James Devitt | (212) 998-6808

NYU's Institute of African American Affairs will host poet and reggae artist Linton Kwesi Johnson for a series of events this fall that will showcase his African Caribbean cultural expressions in poetry and music.

NYU's Institute of African American Affairs will host poet and reggae artist Linton Kwesi Johnson for a series of events this fall that will showcase his African Caribbean cultural expressions in poetry and music. Photo credit: Danny Da Costa


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