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Tracy K. Smith with Joy Harjo

Wednesday 6 February 2019

Tracy K. Smith served as the 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States from 2017 to 2019. During her first term, Smith gave readings and led discussions as a part of a pilot project in rural communities in New...

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Colson Whitehead with Kevin Young

Wednesday 9 May 2018

Colson Whitehead is the author of seven novels including The Nickel Boys, which won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize, the Kirkus Prize for Fiction, and was a New York Times bestseller, a finalist for the National Book Critics...

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Angela Y. Davis with Barbara Ransby

Wednesday 2 November 2016

Angela Y. Davis is a political activist, scholar, author, and distinguished professor emerita at the University of California—Santa Cruz. For many decades, she has been deeply involved in movements for social...

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Bryan Stevenson with Liliana Segura

Wednesday 15 January 2014

Bryan Stevenson is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a human rights organization in Montgomery, Alabama. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive...

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Michelle Alexander with Liliana Segura

Wednesday 12 September 2012

Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar. She is the author of the bestselling book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, which won the 42nd...

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Anthony Ray Hinton with Ben Harmon

Sunday 10 January 2016

At the age of 29, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested in Birmingham, Alabama and charged with two capital murders based on flimsy and faulty firearms evidence. Despite having no criminal background, a confirmed alibi, and...

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Claudia Rankine with Saskia Hamilton

Wednesday 6 May 2015

Claudia Rankine is a poet, essayist, and playwright. She is the author of five collections of poetry including the acclaimed Citizen: An American Lyric, Don't Let Me Be Lonely, and Just Us; three plays including...

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Rev. William Barber II with Khury Petersen-Smith

Thursday 11 October 2018

The Reverend William Barber, pastor at Greenleaf Christian Church and president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP, led the Moral Mondays movement of weekly protests and civil disobedience against the...

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Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor with Donna Murch

Wednesday 20 January 2016

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is a scholar, author, and activist. She is the author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, which won the Lannan Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book in 2016. She is...

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Marlon James with Russell Banks

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Marlon James’s A Brief History of Seven Killings was the winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, making him the first Jamaican writer to receive the UK’s most prestigious literary award. It was also a finalist...

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The Fire This Time: A Tribute to James Baldwin with Nikky Finney, Randall Kenan, Kevin Young, et al.

Wednesday 11 February 2015

Nikky Finney is the author of five books of poetry and a collection of short stories, including On Wings Made of Gauze, Rice, Heartwood, and her latest collection Lovechild’s Hot Bed of Occasional Poetry: Poems and...

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Roxane Gay with Tressie McMillan Cottom

Wednesday 14 March 2018

Roxane Gay is an author and cultural critic. Her works include the story collection Difficult Women and Ayiti, a blend of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry interwoven into a tale of the Haitian diaspora. In her essay...

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Ta-Nehisi Coates with Michele Norris

Wednesday 8 April 2015

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a distinguished writer-in-residence at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. He is the author of the bestselling books The Beautiful Struggle; We Were Eight Years in Power, winner of the...

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Eve L. Ewing with Wayne Au

Wednesday 13 November 2019

Eve Louise Ewing is a sociologist of education whose research is focused on racism, social inequality, and urban policy, and the impact of these forces on American public schools and the lives of young people. She is an...

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Boots Riley with Robin D. G. Kelley

Wednesday 11 September 2019

Boots Riley is a provocative and prolific poet, rapper, songwriter, producer, screenwriter, director, community organizer, and public speaker. He is the lead vocalist of The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club. His...

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Edwidge Danticat with Aja Monet

Wednesday 27 March 2019

Edwidge Danticat is the author of several books, including Krik? Krak!, a collection of short stories that encompass both the cruelties and the high ideals of Haitian life. Danticat's 2004 novel The Dew Breaker spins a...

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Ruth Wilson Gilmore with Rachel Kushner

Wednesday 17 April 2019

Ruth Wilson Gilmore is director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics and a professor of geography at the City University of New York. She is most famous for arguing that the movement for abolition, with its...

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Nothing Personal: The Dark Room Collective Reunion Tour

Thursday 12 December 2013

Natasha Trethewey served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States (2012-2014). She is the author of five collections of poetry: Monument (2018); Thrall (2012); Native Guard (2006), winner of...

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Teju Cole with Amitava Kumar

Wednesday 3 February 2016

Teju Cole—writer, art historian, photographer, and photography critic for the New York Times Magazine—is the author of the novella Every Day Is for the Thief, named a book of the year by the New York Times....

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Isabel Wilkerson with John Stauffer

Wednesday 10 April 2013

Isabel Wilkerson is the author of The Warmth of Other Suns, an epic story of the Great Migration, chronicling the journey of over six million black Americans from the South who migrated north and west between World War...

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Dinaw Mengestu with Penn Szittya

Wednesday 16 November 2011

Dinaw Mengestu was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and immigrated with his family to the United States at the age of two. He is the author of three novels, all of which were named New York Times Notable Books: All Our...

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie with Binyavanga Wainaina

Wednesday 28 September 2011

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria and burst onto the literary scene with her remarkable debut novel, Purple Hibiscus, hailed by critics as “one of the best novels to come out of Africa in years” (Baltimore...

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Kwame Dawes with Chris Abani

Wednesday 29 September 2010

Kwame Dawes is a writer of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and plays. Born in Ghana in 1962, Dawes spent most of his childhood and early adult life in Jamaica. As a poet, he is profoundly influenced by the rhythms and...

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Jamaica Kincaid with Robert Faggen

Wednesday 16 October 2013

Jamaica Kincaid is an Antiguan-American novelist, essayist, gardener, and gardening writer. She has published five novels including most recently See Now Then (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2013) and five works of...

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Dr. Cornel West with Amy Goodman

Wednesday 25 June 2003

Dr. Cornel West is a philosopher, author, activist, social critic, and one of America’s most vital public intellectuals. He has published more than 20 books, including the ground-breaking Race Matters; Democracy...

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Elizabeth Alexander with Maureen Corrigan

Wednesday 30 September 2015

Elizabeth Alexander is a poet, essayist, playwright and president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She is the author of the acclaimed memoir The Light of the World, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in...

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Kevin Young with Colson Whitehead

Wednesday 14 November 2012

Kevin Young is poetry editor for the New Yorker and the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. He is the author of thirteen books of poetry and prose, including, most recently, Brown; Blue...

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Aminatta Forna with Laila Lalami

Wednesday 11 November 2015

Aminatta Forna is the award-winning author of the novels The Hired Man, The Memory of Love and Ancestor Stones, and a memoir The Devil that Danced on the Water. She was born in Scotland, raised in Sierra Leone and...

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Derek Walcott with Glyn Maxwell

Wednesday 20 November 2002

Derek Walcott (1930-2017) was a Saint Lucian poet, playwright, and essayist whose works were informed by Caribbean, English, and African traditions. He was born in St. Lucia, West Indies, and educated at the University...

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Cave Canem Evening

Wednesday 15 November 2006

Toi Derricotte is the author of I: New & Selected Poems (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019), a 2019 National Book Award finalist; The Undertaker’s Daughter (2011), and four earlier collections of poetry,...

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Caryl Phillips with Glyn Maxwell

Wednesday 1 November 2006

Caryl Phillips was born in 1958 in St. Kitts, West Indies, and went with his family to England that same year. He was brought up in Leeds and educated at Oxford. He has written numerous scripts for film, theatre, radio...

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Surviving Autocracy: Masha Gessen with Anand Giridharadas

Join Russian-American author, journalist, and activist Masha Gessen, whose latest book is Surviving Autocracy, in conversation with Anand Giridharadas, just ahead of the 2020 United States presidential election.

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Yanis Varoufakis In Conversation with Daniel Denvir

Yanis Varoufakis talks with Dan Denvir about the current crisis of capitalism and prospects for lasting economic and social change. With capitalism in crisis, is lasting global political and economic change possible in a post-pandemic world? What lessons can economists learn from art production in this era of permanent crisis?

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Stephen Dedalus, Leopold Bloom, and the Ghost of Shakespeare in Chapter 9 of Ulysses

Join Lannan Foundation and James Joyce enthusiasts worldwide as we celebrate Bloomsday, honoring Joyce's masterpiece Ulysses, the events of which take place over the course of one day, 16 June 1904. This year, Joyce scholar Professor James Heffernan presents a lecture on "Stephen Dedalus, Leopold Bloom, and the Ghost of Shakespeare," which is available to watch now.

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2019 Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowships

Honoring individuals whose work inspires their communities, domestic and international, that are struggling to uphold and defend their right to cultural freedom and diversity.

2019 Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowships

Laura Flanders | Janine Jackson | Jen Marlowe | Danny Sjursen | Krystal Two Bulls

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2019 Lannan Literary Awards & Fellowships

Lannan honors established and emerging writers of distinctive literary merit:

Evie Shockley: Literary Award for Poetry
Nick Estes: Literary Fellowship for Nonfiction
Caitriona Lally: Literary Fellowship for Fiction
Wayétu Moore: Literary Fellowship for Fiction

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Bookworm Interview with Aracelis Girmay

Lannan is a supporter of Michael Silverblatt’s long-running interview series on KCRW radio, Bookworm. In this interview, Michael speaks with poet Aracelis Girmay about How to Carry Water: Selected Poems of Lucille Clifton, just out from BOA Editions, edited with a foreward by Girmay.

Follow this external link to listen to the full episode at KCRW and to read a poem from the book.

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Lannan Art Collection: Recent Acquisition

From the Relicarios series by Erika Diettes

Lannan has recently acquired the entire Relicarios collection from Erika Diettes of Bogotá, Colombia. Shown here are #54 and #43, from the series of 56.

Mixed media with objects embedded in rubber tripolymer encased in a lighted Plexiglas urn

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Marfa Public Radio Interview with Martha Collins

Marfa Public Radio logoListen to Marfa Public Radio’s interview with poet Martha Collins, discussing Blue Front, White Papers and Admit One: An American Scrapbook — a trilogy of books in which Collins examines aspects of her family history as a lens into racism in America. (Interview begins at 30:00.)

Lannan Events Calendar

Download a printable version of the Lannan 2019-20 Events Calendar: 

2019-20 Lannan Events Calendar (PDF)