author of \blak\ \al-fə bet\
Friday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m. - Noon Poindexter Hall
Mitchell L. H. Douglas returns to the symposium to read from his new collection \blak\ \al-fə bet\, winner of the 2011 Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor's Choice Award from Persea Books. In this collection, Douglas follows the history of a Southern family after the death of its matriarch. Publisher’s Weekly praises the book as “Haunted by questions of blackness” and “packed with risk and conflict, but also beauty.” Douglas first appeared at the symposium in 2010 with his debut collection “Cooling Board: A Long Playing Poem” on the Soul music legend Donny Hathaway.