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Reading by Camonghne Felix

Thursday, April 8, 2021 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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This is the fourth virtual event in the Spring 2021 Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series: Together.

Free and open to the public

For more information about the Zalaznick Reading Series, visit english.cornell.edu/zalaznick, email creativewriting@cornell.edu or call 607.255.7847.

Poet, writer, and political strategist Camonghne Felix will read from her work, sharing selections from her poetry collection Build Yourself a Boat, along with sneak peeks at her forthcoming poetry collection Dyscalculia and essay collection Let the Poets Govern. The reading will be followed by a live Q&A, moderated by associate professor Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon.

Camonghne Felix, M.A. is a poet, a writer, speaker, & political strategist. She received an M.A. in Arts Politics from NYU, an MFA from Bard College, & has received Fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo & Poets House. Formerly the Director of Surrogates & Strategic Communications at Elizabeth Warren for President, Camonghne is the VP of Strategic Communications at Blue State. Her first full-length collection of poems, Build Yourself a Boat, was long-listed for the 2019 National Book Award in Poetry and a finalist for the PEN Open Book Award and the Lambda Literary Award in Bisexual Poetry. Felix's forthcoming collection of poems, Dyscalculia, & essay collection, Let the Poets Govern, are forthcoming from One World, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Felix's work has been published in BuzzFeed, Poetry Magazine, Apogee, The Offing, the Academy of American Poets website, & more.

This event is presented by the Department of Literatures in English / Creative Writing Program at Cornell University

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  • Alfred Stanley
  • Rudy Malveaux
  • Sharon Watkins Jones

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As someone with a fine-arts background (theater and design) who has dedicated most of the past 42 years to politics, I expect expect that listening to Ms. Felix will help me broaden my perspective. I'm already inspired by knowing that she's been out there working for change.

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