Robin Coste Lewis, Voyage of the Sable Venus
WINNER 2015 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD for POETRY
3:00 pm | Chelsea Clocktower Commons (320 N. Main St.) See map.
Robin Coste Lewis’s debut collection of poetry, Voyage of the Sable Venus is an electrifying meditation on the cultural depiction of the black female figure. Coste Lewis is a Provost’s Fellow in Poetry and Visual Studies at the University of Southern California and is also a Cave Canem fellow and a fellow of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities. She received her MFA in poetry from NYU, and an MTS in Sanskrit and comparative religious literature from the Divinity School at Harvard University. She has taught at Wheaton College, Hunter College, Hampshire College, and the NYU Low-Residency MFA in Paris. Lewis was born in Compton, California; her family is from New Orleans. Voyage of the Sable Venus is her first book of poetry.
Voyage of the Sable Venus is a massive work, and from its first page it declares itself as a powerful and era-defining poetic achievement.” – SLATE