Poetry Reading & Conversation: Artress Bethany White & Tara Betts

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Women & Children First

5233 N. Clark St.

Chicago, IL 60646

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Join us for a poetry reading with Artress Bethany White followed by a conversation moderated by Tara Betts.

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The poet Sun Yung Shin describes My Afmerica, the second collection of poetry from Artress Bethany White, as “a restless book, wandering through an America that cannot be separated from its African American people . . .”

Artress Bethany White is a poet, essayist, and literary critic. She is the recipient of the 2018 Trio Award for My Afmerica. Her prose and poetry have appeared in such journals as the Harvard Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and the Hopkins Review, among others. Her collection of essays, Survivor’s Guilt: Essays on Race and American Identity, is forthcoming from New Rivers Press/Minnesota State University in March 2020. She lives in Philadelphia.

Tara Betts is the author of three poetry collections--Break the Habit, Arc and Hue, and the forthcoming Refuse to Disappear. She co-edited The Beiging of America: Personal Essays About Being Mixed Race in the Twenty-First Century and edited a new critical edition of Adventures in Black and White, the long out-of-print memoir by Harlem-born, interracial child prodigy Philippa Duke Schuyler. She holds an MFA from New England College and a PhD in English from Binghamton University. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Poetry, Essence, and NYLON. Tara currently works with students at ChiArts High School, Chicago State University, and participants in the Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project at Stateville Prison.

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