Bahamian poet Christian Campbell to read in Freeport, April 16th

Bahamian poet, Christian Campbell will be reading from his first collection of poetry, Running the Dusk, on Saturday the 16th April, 2011 at 6:00p.m. at the Rand Nature Centre, Settler’s Way, Freeport, Grand Bahama.  Admission is free.  All are welcome to attend.

Born in Freeport, Grand Bahama, Christian Campbell is a writer of Bahamian and Trinidadian heritage.  He studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and received a PhD at Duke University.  His poetry and essays have been published widely in journals and anthologies such as Callaloo, Indiana Review, New Caribbean Poetry, New Poetries IV, PN Review, Poetry London, Small Axe, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature, Wasafiri and West Branch.  His work has been translated into Spanish in the anthology Poetas del Caribe Inglés.  An Assistant Professor of English at the University of Toronto, he has received grants and fellowships from Cave Canem, the Arvon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center and the University of Birmingham. 

He is the author of Running the Dusk, which was a finalist for the Cave Canem Prize and the Forward Poetry Prize for the Best First Book in the UK and is the winner of the 2010 Aldeburgh First Collection Prize.  He is the second Caribbean poet to be shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize for the Best First Book and the first poet of colour to win the Aldeburgh Prize.   

In Running the Dusk, Christian Campbell takes us to dusk, what the French call l’heure entre chien et loup , the hour between dog and wolf, to explore ambiguity and intersection, danger and desire, loss and possibility.  These poems of wild imagination shift shape and shift generation, remapping Caribbean, British and African American geographies: Oxford becomes Oxfraud; Shabba Ranks duets with Césaire; Sidney Poitier is reconsidered in an exam question; market women hawk poetry beside knock-off Gucci bags; elegies for ancestors are also for land and sea.  Here is dancing at the crossroads between reverence and irreverence.   Dusk is memory, dusk is dream, dusk is a way to re-imagine the past.  

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