Words Across the Water – Fall 2021

South Carolina State University will present a series of four interactive, virtual programs on “Words Across the Water: Writing and Culture Across the Black Atlantic” from September 16 – November 4, 2021. SC Humanities helped support this program with a Fast Track Literary Grant.

“Words Across the Water” will explore the intersections where Anglophone Caribbean and African American cultural traditions meet and engage each other in language. The program themes are “Language and Identity,” “Forbidden Words and Transgressions,” “Indigenous, Immigrant, and Migrant,” and “Food and Family.” Each program will feature three discussants reading poems relevant to the theme and facilitating dialogue. This series builds on a previous “Words Across the Water” series that ran from January – April 2021.

The schedule is:

Thursday, September 16, 2021, 5:00 p.m. – “Language and Identity”
Featuring Rosamond S. King and Gabrielle Civil
Join by Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/98479745748?pwd=NDN0bUpOc1ExY1lYd2paalFXZVlidz09

Gabrielle Civil is a black feminist performance artist, originally from Detroit, MI whose signature themes include race, body, art, politics, grief, and desire. Since 2014, she has been performing “Say My Name” (an action for 270 abducted Nigerian girls) as an act of embodied remembering. She is the author of Swallow the Fish and Experiments in Joy. The aim of her work is “to open up space.”

Rosamond S. King is a creative and critical writer and performer whose work is deeply informed by her cultures and communities, by history, and by a sense of play.  Poetry publications include All the Rage, the Lambda Award-winning Rock | Salt | Stone, and poems in more than three dozen journals, blogs, and anthologies, such as The Feminist Wire, Harriet, and The Caribbean Writer. Her distinctive performance art has been curated into venues around the world. She is Creative Editor of sx salon and Director of the Wolfe Institute for the Humanities at Brooklyn College.

Thursday, September 30, 2021 – “Forbidden Words and Transgressions”

Thursday, October 14, 2021 – “Indigenous, Immigrant, and Migrant”

Thursday, November 4, 2021 – “Food and Family”

This series provides a discursive space for poets, writers, thinkers and attendees from different geographies throughout the diaspora to explore connections in and through their work. It will also create a collaborative space where students, young writers and the general public may be able to meet and discuss humanities-based ideas with more seasoned authors.

All events will be on Zoom and will start at 5 pm. Links to all virtual programs will be provided several weeks in advance of the program date. For more information contact Dr. Thomas Cassidy at tcassidy@scsu.edu.

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 21-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.

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