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[VIRTUAL] Magic City Conversations: Rachel Eliza Griffiths and Khalisa Rae

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Join PEN America Birmingham and the Magic City Poetry Festival for a conversation between Khalisa Rae, author of Ghost in a Black Girl’s Throat, and Rachel Eliza Griffiths, author of Seeing the Body. The authors will read their latest works and discuss how identity and place inform the craft of their poetry.


Khalisa Rae headshotKhalisa Rae is a poet, activist, and journalist living in Durham, NC. She is the author of Real Girls Have Real Problems chapbook. Her poetry can be seen in Frontier Poetry, Rust + Moth, Damaged Goods Press, Hellebore, Flypaper, Sundog Lit, PANK, Luna Luna, Tishman Review, Occulum, All Female Menu, and Obsidian, among others. She is the winner of the Bright Wings Poetry Contest, Furious Flower Poetry Prize, White Stag Publishing Contest, among others. Currently, she serves as founder of Think in Ink (a BIPOC collective) and the Women of Color Speak Reading series. Her debut collections are Ghost in a Black Girls Throat (forthcoming from Red Hen Press in April 2021) and Unlearning Eden (forthcoming from White Stag Publishing in January 2022).

Rachel Eliza Griffiths headshotRachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet, novelist, and photographer. Her most recent book is Seeing the Body (W. W. Norton & Company, 2020), which was nominated for the 2021 NAACP Image Award in Outstanding Literary Work. Griffiths’s visual and literary work has appeared widely, including in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The New York Review of Books, Los Angeles Review of Books, Ms. MagazineKenyon Review, and many others. She is the recipient of fellowships, including from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Cave Canem Foundation, Kimbilio, and Yaddo. Her debut novel, Promise, is forthcoming from Random House. Griffiths lives in New York City.

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