Rachel Eliza Griffiths and John Murillo


Sep 19, 2020, 2:00 pm

The King's English is thrilled to host Rachel Eliza Griffiiths and John Murillo.

Register for the event here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEtdO-grz0oE9ZDLi6qFx5uBlRdpyrGUGFv

In radiant poems―set against the evocative and desperate backdrop of contemporary events, pop culture, and politics―Rachel Eliza Griffiths reckons with her mother’s death, aging, authority, art, black womanhood, memory, and the American imagination. The collision of text and imagery offers an associative autobiography, in which narratives of language, absence, and presence are at once saved, revised, and often erased. Seeing the Body dismantles personal and public masks of silence and self-destruction to visualize and celebrate the imperfect freedom of radical self-love.

John Murillo’s second book is a reflective look at the legacy of institutional, accepted violence against Blacks and Latinos and the personal and societal wreckage wrought by long histories of subjugation. A sparrow trapped in a car window evokes a mother battered by a father’s fists; a workout at an iron gym recalls a long-ago mentor who pushed the speaker “to become something unbreakable.” The presence of these and poetic forbears—Gil Scott-Heron, Yusef Komunyakaa—provide a context for strength in the face of danger and anger. At the heart of the book is a sonnet crown triggered by the shooting deaths of three Brooklyn men that becomes an extended meditation on the history of racial injustice and the notion of payback as a form of justice.

This event is made possible by the King's English, The City Library, and Utah Humanities.

Zoom Conference Call

202 W 300 N
Salt Lake City , UT 84103-1108
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Event Contact:

Willy Palomo
palomo@utahhumanities.org

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