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Brown Lecture Series: Roxane Gay

FREE. Registration required for Zoom Webinar. No registration required for Facebook Live.

Please register for the event here. Registration will close October 6th at 12pm.

Roxane Gay will be in conversation with Krystal Mack and Katia D. Ulysse about her life and work. Presented in partnership with CityLit Project.

Roxane Gay is an author and cultural critic whose writing is unmatched and widely revered. Her work garners international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism. With a deft eye on modern culture, she brilliantly critiques its ebb and flow with both wit and ferocity.

Writers, join us for a special opportunity after the free public conversation: The Writer's Room. Click the CityLit Project link here to join us from 8:00pm to 8:30pm for a special edition of The Writer's Room, an informal conversation with Roxane about writing and publishing in a Zoom Meeting.

Her collection of essays, Bad Feminist, is universally considered the quintessential exploration of modern feminism. NPR named it one of the best books of the year and Salon declared the book “trailblazing.” Her powerful debut novel, An Untamed State, was long listed for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. In 2017, Roxane released her bestselling memoir, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, which was called “Luminous…intellectually rigorous and deeply moving” by the New York Times. She also released her collection of short stories, Difficult Women. The Los Angeles Times says of the collection, “There’s a distinct echo of Angela Carter or Helen Oyeyemi at play; dark fables and twisted morality tales sit alongside the contemporary and the realistic…”

Krystal Mack is an interdisciplinary artist using social design to highlight food's role in collective healing, empowerment, and decolonization. As a disabled Black woman born and raised in Baltimore; her lived experience has guided her practice. Unpacking the layers of her identity has allowed Krystal to apply a trauma-informed lens to our relationships with food as human beings in an ever-changing world. In 2018, Krystal founded the nomadic social design studio, In Absence Of Design (IAO Design for short) as a platform for conversations around interdisciplinary culinary work that positions food as a vehicle for sociopolitical education and reparation. Her work has been highlighted by the New York Times, NPR, Food & Wine Magazine, MOLD Magazine, and Baltimore Magazine. She was named a "Woman to Watch” by the Baltimore Sun and featured on the Cherry Bombe 100 Women in Food list by Cherry Bombe Magazine as a food industry "Change Agent". 

Katia D. Ulysse is a fiction writer and educator. Her novel, Mouths Don’t Speak, was published in 2018. Library Journal says, “Mouths Don’t Speak is captivating. . . A beautifully written novel [that] recalls Toni Morrison's Paradise. Her critically-acclaimed story collection, Drifting, was published by Akashic Books in 2014. Ulysse’s fiction, essays, and Pushcart-nominated poetry appeared in literary journals and anthologies, including: Rumpus, The Hong Kong Review, Peregrine, Phoebe, The Caribbean Writer, Meridians: Feminism, race, transnationalism, Us Against Alzheimer’s, Haiti Noir, and others. She has two published bi-lingual books for children: Fabiola Can Count and Fabiola Goes to School. She holds a Master’s of Arts from Notre Dame of Maryland University. She taught in Baltimore City Schools for fifteen years. She was born in Haiti, and came to the US as a teen. Ulysse lives in Maryland with her husband, their phenomenal daughter, and two cats: Fiddle and Renaldo. 

You can order Roxane Gay's and Katia D. Ulysse's books from the Ivy Bookshop. You can purchase a digital copy of Krystal Mack's newsprint palatePALATTE here.

ASL interpretation will be available for attendees.

The Brown Lecture Series is supported by the Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Foundation.

Wednesday, October 6 at 7:00pm

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Brown Lecture Series, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Writing @ the Pratt, Writers LIVE!

Age Group

Adults, Seniors

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Writers LIVE at the Library

Event Publisher

Tracy Dimond - for Adults

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