Hosted by Claudia Love Mair, Carnegie’s Kentucky Black Writers Collaborative (KBWC) Coordinator, Black & Lit Book Club features new books by Black Kentucky writers. We will explore issues related to race and discuss the characters’ relationships, family, home life, dreams, and challenges. We’ll also study aspects of their writing, such as word choice, themes, character, plot, and setting. This book group will be open to KBWC members and anyone who wishes to attend. When possible, we will meet with the author. The KBWC Black & Lit Book Club meets on the second Tuesday of every other month.
Each month, the first 25 registrants receive a free copy of the selected book. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, LEXArts, SouthArts, Kentucky Arts Council.
November’s Black & Lit Book Club Selection: Deifying a Total Darkness by upfromsumdirt (Ronald Davis)
upfromsumdirtis a poet, visual artist, and designer based in Lexington, KY. In 2010 he won Kentucky’s Al Smith Award for Visual Art, and he has galleried in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and Tennessee. He is the co-founder of Wild Fig Books in Lexington, and was the co-editor of the journal Mythium. His poetry and art have appeared in African American Review, New Southerner, Tidal Basin Review, About Place Journal, and Connotations Press. DEIFYING A TOTAL DARKNESS, his debut full-length collection of poetry, follows the collection Caul & Response (Argus House/Winged City Press), and three chapbooks (two from Radical Paper Press, and one from Left Handed Juju). His second book, To Emit Teal, was published by Broadstone Publications in 2020.REGISTER