After leading a far-too-conventional life for nearly forty years, Bert Ashe began the long, arduous, and uncertain process of growing dreadlocks in an attempt to step out of American convention. As his hair takes on a life of its own and gets "twisted," Ashe chronicles the reactions of his family, friends, strangers, and colleagues -- and his own frustration and bewilderment at his locked hair.
Twisted is one of the first books to explore black hair from a man's point of view. With humor and self-reflection, Bert Ashe uses his own experience not only to explain the history of dreadlocks, but also to unpack the complicated issues of identity, politics, gender, and culture in America.
Bert Ashe is an associate professor of English and American Studies at the University of Richmond. He earned an MA in English at Virginia Commonwealth University and a doctorate at the College of William and Mary.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 7:00pm
Wright Theater, University of Baltimore 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave., Baltimore MD 21201