Poetry Reading: Afaa Michael Weaver & Marcus Wicker

Opening Reception:
Friday, November 10, at 7:00 pm
Reception and book signing to follow reading
Anderson Center Historic Barn

Afaa Michael Weaver has published 15 collections of poetry, and will be reading from his 2017 University of Pittsburgh Press publication, Spirit Boxing. Drawing on his fifteen years of experience as a factory worker in his native Baltimore, Weaver crafts poems that extend from his life to the lives that inhabit the broader landscape of the American working class. He writes with an intimacy that is rare in American poetry, and that affirms comparisons between his work and Walt Whitman’s.

Marcus Wicker has published two books of poetry, and will be reading from his second book, Silencer, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017. Dense with echoes and vibrant with syncopation, Wicker’s poetry presents a festive array of characters from African-American culture and music to make serious commentary on memory, sadness, race, self-consciousness, and desire. Wicker is steeped in American culture, drawing from rap, jazz, hip-hop, Bruce Lee movies, but doing so to make us question what’s below the veneer of popular culture.