Poets Kelly Harris-DeBerry author of Freedom Knows My Name (Xavier Review Press 2020) and Moheb Soliman author of HOMES (Coffee House Press 2021) will do a virtual reading on Wednesday, October 27th at 7 p.m.
Kelly Harris-DeBerry received her MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. She has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and Cave Canem. Some of her publishing credits include: 400yrs: The story of Black people in poems written from love 1619–2019, Words Beats & Life The Global Journal of Hip Hop, Angles in the Wilderness: Young and Black in New Orleans and Beyond, Torch Literary Magazine, The National Parks Service Centennial Commemoration publication with Sonia Sanchez, Yale University's Caduceus Journal, Southern Review, Say it Loud: Poems for James Brown and other publications. Kelly is a former guest poetry editor for Bayou Magazine at the University of New Orleans. and she serves her literary community as the New Orleans Poets & Writers’ Literary Coordinator.
Moheb Soliman is an interdisciplinary poet from Egypt and the Midwest. He has presented writing, performance, installation, and video work at diverse literary, art, and public spaces in the US and Canada with support from the Banff Centre, Pillsbury House, the Joyce Foundation, and Tulsa Artist Fellowship. Moheb has degrees from The New School and the University of Toronto and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he was the program director for the Arab American literary journal and arts organization Mizna.
About Freedom Knows My Name:
In Freedom Knows My Name, Kelly A. Harris combines the truths of her Midwest upbringing with her adult life in the South, bearing witness to a changing America. With a nod to generations past "Negroes still bent in the fields of yesterday" to the changing of now, "may the heaven/ we prayed for come /out of nowhere" Harris' pen doesn't miss a beat, asking necessary questions in language that is critical and incisive. Yet these words linger long on love, hope, identity, and determination, "We are dangerous/ when we love We" yes, we sure are."
Moheb Soliman’s HOMES maps the shoreline of the Great Lakes from the rocky North Shore of Minnesota to the Thousand Islands of eastern Ontario. This poetic travelogue offers an intimate perspective on an immigrant experience as Soliman drives his Corolla past exquisite vistas and abandoned mines, through tourist towns and midwestern suburbs, seeking to inhabit an entire region as home. Against the backdrop of environmental destruction and a history of colonial oppression, the vitality of Soliman’s language brings a bold ecopoetic lens to bear on the relationship between transience and belonging in the world’s largest, most porous borderland.