Friday, October 24, 2:10 p.m.
Author of Ropes and Cotton
Derrick Harriell will read from his second poetry collection, “Ropes,” which chronicles the lives of African American boxers and which was awarded the 2014 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters award in poetry.
He will also read from his first collection, “Cotton,” an exploration of his adoptive home in the South. Harriell was born and raised in Milwaukee, and now teaches African American Studies and English at the University of Mississippi.
Harriell also serves as one of the judges of the first Ephemera Prize for High School Writers, which will be awarded at the symposium on Friday after his and Katy Simpson Smith's readings.