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A Conversation with Poet Lauren Russell and Poet Angel C. Dye

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This evening, poet Angel C. Dye will be in conversation with poet Lauren Russell about "Descent."

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In 2013, poet Lauren Russell acquired a copy of the diary of her great-great-grandfather, Robert Wallace Hubert, a Captain in the Confederate Army. After his return from the Civil War, he fathered twenty children by three of his former slaves. One of those children was the poet’s great-grandmother. Through several years of research, Russell would seek the words to fill the diary’s omissions and to imagine the voice of her great-great-grandmother, Peggy Hubert, a black woman silenced by history. The result is a hybrid work of verse, prose, images and documents that traverses centuries as the past bleeds into the present.

DBLAC (Digital Black Lit and Composition) is an education-focused non-profit that serves as a learning community for academic professional development, networking, and resource-pooling. We support work by emerging scholars connected to fields related to language and composition. A digital network of members who self-identify as Black and/or who support Black education, DBLAC focuses its attention on academic introduction and retention through a cluster of signature programs aimed at modeling Black feminist and communal practices for connections and coalition-building.

Learn more about DBLAC: www.dblac.org

The event is sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh's Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.

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