An Evening with Jonah Mixon-Webster

April 10, 2023 | 7:15pm TO 8:45pm
2023-04-10 19:15:00 2023-04-10 20:45:00 An Evening with Jonah Mixon-Webster <p>A reading and conversation hosted by the Occidental College English Department.</p> America/Los_Angeles public

Award-winning poet and sound artist, Jonah Mixon-Webster, will give a reading of his work, as part of Occidental College’s Visiting Writers Series. The reading will be followed by an interview and Q&A session with Occidental’s Writer-in-Residence, Chekwube Danladi.

All are welcome. Registration is required for this event, as space is limited. Masks are highly recommended.


JONAH MIXON-WEBSTER is a poet, educator, scholar, and art activist from Flint, MI. He is the founder of the Flint-based non-profit Center for Imaginative Freedoms and Economic Relief (C.I.F.E.R.) and serves as chapter leader of PEN America-Detroit. His debut poetry collection, Stereo(TYPE), received the PEN America/Joyce Osterweil Award and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. He is an alumnus of Eastern Michigan University and obtained a Ph.D. in creative writing from Illinois State University. He is the inaugural Mellon Arts Postdoctoral Fellow in African American and African Diaspora Studies at Columbia University, the recipient of the Windham Campbell Prize for Poetry and fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, Center for African American Poetry and Poetics, Images & Voices of Hope, The Conversation Literary Festival, and the PEN Writing for Justice Program. His poetry and hybrid works are featured in various publications including Obsidian, Harper’s, The Yale Review, The Rumpus, Callaloo, The New Republic, Best New Poets, and Best American Experimental Writing.

CHEKWUBE DANLADI is the author of Semiotics (Georgia, 2020), winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She has received support from Kimbilio Fiction, the Lambda Literary Foundation, Hedgebrook, the Vermont Studio Center, the Wisconsin Institute from Creative Writing, and elsewhere. Her visual work has been commissioned by the Center for Afrofuturist Studies (a program of PS1), Already Felt: Poetry in Revolt and Bounty, Langer/Dickie, and the Black Poetry Review. She is the 2022-25 Writer-in-Residence at Occidental College and lives in Los Angeles.

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Presented by the Occidental College English Department in collaboration with OXY ARTS.

Portrait of Jonah Mixon-Webster, he is wearing a floral print suit and a pink shirt, looking into the distance.