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WRITERS SERIES - Chet'la Sebree

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Carole Weinstein International Center, Commons
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Chet’la Sebree graduated from the University of Richmond in 2010—an alumna of English, Creative Writing, and the WILL* program.  Her first book, Mistress, won the 2018 New Issues Poetry Prize and will be published in October 2019.  Judge Cathy Park Hong notes that “Sebree runs from—and faces—the dark looming historical forces of miscegenation, enslavement, and the abjection of the black female body. The ghost of Sally Hemings as aberration, as mistress, determines the speaker’s id; tugs at her solitary fantasies; a violent erotic invasion that she inverts and turns on its head with lines etched in rage.”  Sebree was the 2014-2016 Stadler Fellow at Bucknell University and has received fellowships from MacDowell, Yaddo, and the Richard H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies.  In 2019, she will return to Bucknell as Assistant Professor and Director of the Stadler Center for Poetry and Literary Arts.  Her appearance at the University of Richmond is also part of the 2019-20 WILL*/WGSS Speakers Series.

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