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Malcolm wins the 2018 Cave Canem Poetry Prize!

This is still so unreal to me. Both a dream prize and a dream press. Excited and very nervous about the next year. Very thankful for the support and encouragement from Cave Canem and Graywolf Press. When I’m feeling doubtful I still go back and read Chris’s very kind citation in the announcement. From the Cave… Continue reading Malcolm wins the 2018 Cave Canem Poetry Prize!

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Photographer Keris Salmon conjures the voices of slavery’s past at Arnika Dawkins

“Viewers walk away with recognition of how difficult it is, in the South and elsewhere, to live amidst the historical memories that some recognize as violent and others experience as nostalgia. It’s safe to say that this is history’s charge — to make us critical of the past as much as we are reflective of it.… Continue reading Photographer Keris Salmon conjures the voices of slavery’s past at Arnika Dawkins

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In his first solo show, artist Jamaal Barber presents a black so true it’s bright

“In a carefully curated sequence of woodcuts and screenprints, Barber attempts to break open those “hegemonic modes of seeing” that bell hooks describes by heeding the dissonance between race and color, between looking at and being seen.” -from my ArtsATL review of Jamaal Barber’s first solo show, Bright Black

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History is Active

“Confederate monuments are never about forgetting or correcting a violent past; they are about upholding a culture that is toxic and dominant.” –from “Allowing Racist Symbols to Remain Standing Shows What We Are Unwilling to Change in Society,” an op-ed of mine published this week on Truthout.