September 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Texas Poet Laureate Carrie Fountain joins us in an evening in partnership with Tulsa Artist Fellowship.
Opening readings by Tulsa Artist Fellows Moheb Soliman and Crystal Z Campbell.
Carrie Fountain’s poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, American Poetry Review, and The New Yorker, among others. Her first collection, Burn Lake, was a National Poetry Series winner and was published by Penguin Random House in 2010. Her second collection, Instant Winner, was published by Penguin Random House in 2014. Fountain’s debut novel for young adults, I’m Not Missing, was published in 2018 by Flatiron Books (Macmillan). Her first children’s book, The Poem Forest, about the life and legacy of poet and ecologist W.S. Merwin, is forthcoming from Candlewick Press.
Born and raised in Mesilla, New Mexico, where her family’s multicultural history is deeply rooted, Fountain received her MFA in writing as a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. Currently writer-in-residence at St. Edward’s University, she travels the country reading her poetry and teaching writing workshops. She hosts NPR’s This Is Just To Say, a radio show and podcast featuring intimate conversations about poetry and life with America’s most influential poets. In 2019, Fountain was named Poet Laureate of the state of Texas.
Carrie Fountain lives in Austin with her husband, playwright Kirk Lynn, and their children.
Moheb Soliman is an interdisciplinary poet from Egypt and the Midwest whose work is often oriented by themes of nature, modernity, identity, and belonging, often taking shape in writing, performance, and installation projects. In recent years he’s focused on the Great Lakes bioregion/borderland, presenting work under the banner HOMES [Huron Ontario Michigan Erie Superior] in diverse US and Canadian art and public spaces and soon publishing a related poetry collection with Coffee House Press. Previously, he’s also been awarded grants and fellowships and other support from the Joyce Foundation, Forecast Public Art, Pillsbury House, and Banff Centre, among others. Moheb has degrees from The New School for Social Research and the University of Toronto, and before coming to the Tulsa Artist Fellowship worked as Program Director for the Arab American contemporary lit/art organization Mizna. See more at mohebsoliman.info and agreatlakesvista.tumblr.com.
Crystal Z Campbell is a multidisciplinary artist and writer of African-American, Filipino & Chinese descents. Campbell’s practice ruptures collective memory, imagines social transformations, and questions the politics of witnessing using physical archives, online sources, and historical materials. Recent works include a collaboration with a molecular geneticist investigating Henrietta Lacks’ immortal cell line, the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, an examination of gentrification via a 35mm film relic salvaged from a now demolished black Civil Rights theater in Brooklyn, and performances that intersect Paul Robeson’s archive, surveillance, and figure drawing. Campbell exhibits internationally: Nest (NL), Drawing Center (US), ICA Philadelphia (US), Artissima (IT), Studio Museum of Harlem (US), Project Row Houses (US), and SculptureCenter (US), amongst others. Selected honors include: Pollock-Krasner Award, MacDowell Colony, Skowhegan, Rijksakademie, Whitney ISP, Sommerakademie, Smithsonian Fellowship, Flaherty Film Seminar, and Yaddo. Campbell is a concurrent Drawing Center Open Sessions Fellow and fourth-year Tulsa Artist Fellow, who lives and works in Tulsa, Oklahoma.