This series is sponsored by the Drake English Department and made possible by a grant from the Drake University Center for the Humanities. All events are free and open to the public. If you have any questions regarding Writers & Critics Events, please contact Yasmina Madden at email@example.com .
Denice Frohman: Poet, educator, performer
Tuesday, October 22, 5:30-6:30pm
Cowles Library Reading Room, Drake University
Denice Frohman is a poet, educator, and performer from New York City. She is a CantoMundo Fellow, former Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures grant recipient and a Leeway Transformation Award recipient, given to women and trans artists creating art for social change. Most recently, she received a fellowship from the Palm Beach Poetry Festival (2019).
Her poems have appeared in: The Adroit Journal; Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color; Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism; What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump; Reading, Writing, and Rising Up: Teaching About Social Justice and the Power of the Written Word, and her performances have garnered over 10 million views online.
Frohman has performed on national and international stages, including The Apollo, The White House, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, and over 200 colleges and universities. She has a Master’s in Education and co-organizes #PoetsforPuertoRico. She lives in Philadelphia.
Photo Credit-Rashid Zakat
Kirsten Greenidge: Playwright
Monday, February 10, 5:30-6:30pm
Medbury Honors Lounge, Drake University
Kirsten Greenidge is the recipient of a Village Voice Obie Award for her play MILK LIKE SUGAR, which was commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse and Theatre Masters, and co-produced by La Jolla Playhouse, Playwrights Horizons, and WP Theatre. Other plays include THE LUCK OF THE IRISH, BALTIMORE, ZENITH, among many others. Kirsten’s work shines a strong light on the intersection of race and class in America, and she enjoys the challenge of placing underrepresented voices on stage.
Currently, Kirsten is playwright-in-residence at Company One Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts, as part of the Mellon Foundation’s National Playwright Residency Program. Kirsten is working on commissioned projects from La Jolla Playhouse (TO THE QUICK); Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s American Revolutions Project (ROLL, BELINDA, ROLL); Huntington Theatre Company (COMMON GROUND with Melia Bensussen and AND MOIRA SPINS), and Playwrights Horizons (BEACON). She has also created an artist-centric project called Femtour with her sisters, novelist and essayist Kaitlyn Greenidge (WE LOVE YOU CHARLIE FREEMAN) and Dr. Kerri Greenidge (BOSTON’S ABOLITIONISTS) to tour feminist landmarks of the United States, write about their existence far and wide, and promote others to use that material in their work.
Kirsten is a graduate of the Iowa Writing Workshop, is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the School of Theatre at Boston University and lives in Westborough, Massachusetts
Christopher Harris: Filmmaker and Film Scholar
Thursday, March 19, 2020, 5:30-6:30pm
Cowles Library Reading, Drake University
Christopher Harris is a filmmaker whose films and video installations read African American historiography through the poetics and aesthetics of experimental cinema. His work employs manually and photo-chemically altered appropriated moving images, staged re-enactments of archival artifacts and interrogations of documentary conventions. His current project is a series of optically-printed 16mm experimental films in conversation with canonical works of African-American literature.
His international solo exhibitions include screenings at the Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland), Images Festival (Toronto), the Essay Film Festival (London), Encontro de Cinema Negro (Rio de Janeiro), the Brakhage Center Symposium (Boulder, CO), the Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago, IL) and the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH); two-person screenings at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (Washington, D.C.) and UnionDocs (Brooklyn); group exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Artists' Film Biennial at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the VIENNALE-Vienna International Film Festival and the Edinburgh International Film Festival, among many others.
Harris received a 2019-20 Artist Residency Award from the Wexner Center for the Arts and was a featured artist at the 2018 Flaherty Seminar, the recipient of a 2017 Alpert/MacDowell Fellowship and the recipient of a 2015 Creative Capital grant. Interviews with Harris have appeared in BOMB Magazine, Film Quarterly and numerous other print and online journals. Writing about his films has appeared in periodicals such as Cinema Scope Magazine and Millennium Film Journal, among others. Harris is an Associate Professor of Cinematic Arts at The University of Iowa.