Nothing Personal: The Dark Room Collective Reunion Tour


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Natasha Trethewey

Natasha Trethewey, serving her second term as U.S. Poet Laureate, is the author of the poetry collection Thrall and of the nonfiction Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and is...

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Major Jackson

Major Jackson is the author of three collections of poetry including Hoops, described by The New Yorker as “a layered metaphor, implying, among other things, basketball, jewelry, and life’s hurdles....

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Thomas Sayers Ellis

Thomas Sayers Ellis is a poet and photographer whose books include Skin, Inc.: Identity Repair Poems, which he explains, “is for you, a collective you. If there’s an ideal reader, I guess it would be...

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John Keene

John Keene‘s Counternarratives (New Directions) was published in the spring of 2015, with a British edition appearing in 2016. He is also the author of Annotations (New Directions), the poetry-art...

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Tisa Bryant

Tisa Bryant is the author of the chapbook Tzimmes, a prose poem collage of narratives, and of Unexplained Presence, a hybrid of fiction and essays where Bryant has remixed stories from popular...

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Sharan Strange

Sharan Strange’s poetry often draws on themes from her childhood in the rural South as in her poem “Childhood” that begins, “Summer brought fireflies in swarms; They lit our evenings like dreams; we...

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James Brandon Lewis

James Brandon Lewis, recently named in Ebony magazine’s “7 Musicians 30 and under to watch,” has performed extensively with jazz greats throughout the U.S. and abroad. Lewis is currently at work on...

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About this Event

“Nothing Personal: The Dark Room Collective Reunion Tour” with Natasha Trethewey, Major Jackson, Thomas Sayers Ellis, John Keene, Tisa Bryant, Sharan Strange, and saxophonist James Brandon Lewis.

The Dark Room Collective was formed in 1988 in Boston by a group of young African American poets as a means of providing community to both established and emerging writers in the form of a reading series. This 25th Anniversary event with nearly all of the original founding members marks the end of the group’s reunion tour.

Photos from this event are available on Flickr.

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Audio from this Event

Nothing Personal: The Dark Room Collective Reunion Tour, 12 December 2013 | Duration: 2:09:04

Video from this Event

Sharan Strange read from her work, 12 December 2013

Tisa Bryant read from her work, 12 December 2013

John Keene read from his work, 12 December 2013

Thomas Sayers Ellis read from his work, accompanied by James Brandon Lewis on saxophone, 12 December 2013

Major Jackson read from his work, 12 December 2013

Natasha Trethewey read from her work, 12 December 2013

Audience Q&A, 12 December 2013


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