“The Momentum Series,” featuring Dr. Geffrey Davis

The students of the Creative Writing Studio at the Fine Arts Center in Greenville are proud to present “The Momentum Series,” featuring Dr. Geffrey Davis. The Momentum Series is designed to bring diverse literary voices to the Greenville Community. On Monday, September 14 from 7-9 p.m., M. Judson Bookstore (130 S. Main St., Greenville) will host Dr. Davis on Zoom. SC Humanities supported this program with a Fast Track Literary Grant.

Geffrey Davis is the author of two poetry collections: Night Angler (BOA Editions, 2019), winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, and Revising the Storm ​(BOA Editions, 2014), winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize. He also coauthored the chapbook Begotten (URB Books, 2016) with LA-based poet and friend F. Douglas Brown. His poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, ​Massachusetts ReviewMississippi ReviewNew England Review, ​New York Times MagazineThe New YorkerPBS NewsHourPloughshares, and elsewhere.

The Fine Arts Center is a public arts magnet high school in Greenville County. The Momentum Series is a new project coordinated by students in the creative writing program. The focus is to bring under-represented voices to Greenville to strengthen bonds between the city’s diverse cultural communities and the school district.

The virtual conversation with Dr. Geffrey Davis will feature his latest collection of poetry, Night Angler.  Published in 2019, this award-winning collection reads as an evolving love letter and meditation on what it means to raise an American family. With a deep sense of gratitude and wonder, Davis delivers a heart-strong prayer that longs for home, for safety for black lives, and for the messy success of breaking through the trauma of growing up during the crack epidemic to create a new model of fatherhood.

Dr. Davis will read excerpts and answer questions.  Sarah Blackman, Director of Creative Writing at the Fine Arts Center, will moderate. The program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. REGISTER HERE.

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 20-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.