Nothing Personal: The Dark Room Collective Reunion Tour


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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Natasha Trethewey

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...

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Major Jackson

Major Jackson is the author of five books of poetry, including The Absurd Man (2020), Roll Deep (2015), Holding Company (2010), Hoops (2006) and Leaving Saturn (2002), which won the Cave Canem...

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Thomas Sayers Ellis

Thomas Sayers Ellis is a poet and photographer whose books include Skin, Inc.: Identity Repair Poems, and The Maverick Room. He is a founding member of the Dark Room Collective and is the leader and...

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John Keene

John Keene's Counternarratives (New Directions, 2015) won the 2016 American Book Award. His other books include Annotations; the poetry-art collection Seismosis with artist Christopher...

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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 is a poet, activist, and founding member of the Dark Room Collective and co-curator of its Dark Room Reading Series. She grew up in Orangeburg, South Carolina, and her poems often draw...

Sharan Strange full bio


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James Brandon Lewis

James Brandon Lewis is a saxophonist, composer, recording artist, and educator. He has received accolades from the New York Times, Q Magazine, and was named in Ebony magazine's “7 Young Players to...

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