Derrick Harriell Shows Us the Ropes


Poet and MFA Director Derrick Harriell delivered a powerful reading this afternoon at Books and Lunch. Reading from his poetry collection, Ropes, Harriell assumed the
voices of Black American boxers from Joe Louis to Mike Tyson. The dialect and cadence of each poem changes according to the boxer who is speaking and the era he inhabited. Harriell’s rendering was so believable that hearing him was like taking a cruise through history. Everyone was enthralled, especially our Oxford High School attendees! Thank you to everyone who attended, we hope to have Mr. Harriell back again.

And please join us for our upcoming Books and Lunch with Jake Keiser, author of the blog From Gucci to Goats, on Thursday March 16th at noon. I hear there may be a special four-legged guest!

— CF

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