A Question of Africa
Maaza Mengiste, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
Focusing on the work of writers of the African diaspora, “A Question of Africa” will bring together contemporary writers and artists to read and discuss their work and its contemporary contexts. As disparate members of a far-reaching African diaspora, each artist is invited to consider the ways in which the African continent, its countries and cities, its geographies and spatial imaginaries, its peoples—citizens and cast-offs, its histories, its sonic or visual figurations enter or inform their work and their creative process.
Cosponsored by the Center for the Humanities.
Maaza Mengiste is the author of the novel, Beneath the Lion's Gaze, and a writer on the documentary film, Girl Rising. She's at work on her next book and serves on the faculty of the Queens College MFA program.
Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon is the author of Open Interval, a National Book Award finalist and finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize, and Black Swan, winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She is co-author, with Elizabeth Alexander, of the chapbook Poems in Conversation and a Conversation. Her work has appeared in journals and anthologies including African American Review, Crab Orchard Review, Callaloo, Shenandoah, Bum Rush the Page, Common Wealth, and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. She is associate professor of English at Cornell University.