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Cultural Lounge NEA Big Read Citizen An American Lyric Arts & Culture

Cultural Lounge's aim is to promote an atmosphere for sharing ideas, thoughts, and concerns on issues relevant to the Black Community in Austin.

This Cultural Lounge is in collaboration with Austin Community College's NEA Big Read. The discussion will be surrounding themes found in the book, "Citizen: An American Lyric."

Our speaker is Amanda Johnston.

Amanda Johnston earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine. She is the author of two chapbooks, GUAP and Lock & Key, and the full-length collection Another Way to Say Enter (Argus House Press). Her poetry and interviews have appeared in numerous online and print publications, among them, Callaloo, Poetry, Kinfolks Quarterly, Puerto del Sol, Muzzle, Pluck!, No, Dear and the anthologies, Small Batch, Full, di-ver-city, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, and Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism.

The recipient of multiple Artist Enrichment grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Christina Sergeyevna Award from the Austin International Poetry Festival, she is a member of the Affrilachian Poets and a Cave Canem graduate fellow. Johnston is a Stonecoast MFA faculty member, a cofounder of Black Poets Speak Out, and founding executive director of Torch Literary Arts. She serves on the Cave Canem Foundation board of directors and currently lives in Texas.

Free and open to the public.

Cultural Lounge NEA Big Read Citizen An American Lyric
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  • George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural & Genealogy Center
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