10/24/17 - 2017 Maurice Brown Memorial Poetry Reading - Lorna Goodison

2017 Maurice Brown Memorial Poetry Reading - Lorna Goodison
10/24/2017, 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
October 24
2017/10/24 17:00
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
05:00 PM
07:00 PM
Photo of Lorna Goodison with a burgundy border

Inducted as the Poet Laureate of Jamaica in 2017, Lorna Goodison is often praised as one of the finest Caribbean poets of her generation: “Superlatives glint all over commentary on Lorna Goodison's work . . . she is now one of the greatest!” (Kwame Dawes) She is the author of numerous poetry collections, including Tamarind Season (1980); I am Becoming My Mother (1986), which received the Commonwealth Poetry Prize; Controlling the Silver (2005), and most recently, Collected Poems (2017). She is also the author of two collections of short stories, and a memoir, From Harvey River: A Memoir of My Mother and Her People (2007), which won the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. Her poetry celebrates the language and lives of Jamaica’s landscape and history, often focusing on women’s social and cultural roles. One of her best-known poems, “For My Mother (May I Inherit Half Her Strength),” praises her mother’s love of words and remarkable domestic skills: she “sat at the first thing I learned to read: ‘SINGER,’” making "a garment from a square/in a span that defied time.” A member of the Jamaican National Commission to UNESCO, Goodison was awarded Jamaica’s Musgrave Gold Medal in 1999.

This reading is the thirtieth in the annual series sponsored by the Department of English and the Creative Writing program as a tribute to Professor Maurice F. Brown, who taught at Oakland University from 1961 until his death in 1985. The Maurice F. Brown Collection of Contemporary Poetry in Kresge Library honors his memory.

The English Department thanks Dr. Judith Brown for her ongoing support of this reading.

Admission is free and open to the Oakland community and general public. Refreshments will be served.

For additional information, contact the Department of English: (248) 370-2250.

This year we are pleased to receive additional support from The Judd Family Endowed Fund.


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