Poet Jamaal May to read March 23; Dutton reading is canceled


The Literary Arts Live series presents poet Jamaal May on March 23.

(NOTE: Fiction writer Danielle Dutton has canceled her March 17 reading at Bates.)

Jamaal May,  a poet whose Big Book of Exit Strategies will appear in April, reads from his work at Bates at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, in Room G52 of Pettengill Hall, 4 Andrews Road (Alumni Walk).

Sponsored by the English department, this Literary Arts Live reading is open to the public at no cost. May’s books will be available for purchase. For more information, please contact 207-753-6963 or lwardel@bates.edu.

May is the author of the collections Hum (Alice James Books, 2014) and The Big Book of Exit Strategies, which will be published by Alice James in April.

His poetry explores the tension between opposites to give a sonically rich argument for the interconnectivity of people, worlds, and ideas. Hum, his first collection, explores machines, technology, obsolescence and community. Hum was recognized with the American Library Association’s Notable Book Award, the Beatrice Hawley Award, and a spot on The Boston Globe’s Best Books list.

May’s other honors include a Spirit of Detroit Award, the Wood Prize from the magazine Poetry and an Indiana Review Prize.

Born and raised in Detroit, May earned a master’s of fine arts from Warren Wilson College. He has taught poetry in the Detroit public schools and the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program.

May and Tarfia Faizullah codirect the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook and Video Series.

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