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Woodberry Poetry Room

THE STEREOTYPE MACHINE: On Race, Typography, and Social Authority

Thursday, October 6, 2022, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Woodberry Poetry Room (Lamont Library, Room 330)
Open to the public, Book Talk,

Part of the Poetry Room's Typewriter Talk series, this presentation by WPR Creative Fellow Jonah Mixon-Webster (author of StereoTYPE, Penguin, 2021) explores the racialized implications of mass textual (re)production and the methods by which typographical designs enact authoritative forms to codify the linguistic and visual structures of race, class, and a subjecthood haunted by the parallel technology of slavery. 

Jonah Mixon-Webster is a poet, educator, scholar, and art activist from Flint, Michigan. 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. During his WPR Creative Fellowship, he will work toward the completion of his second collection, Promise/Threat.  And, thanks to the Eliot House in Gloucester, Massachusetts, Mixon-Webster has been invited to stay at T. S. Eliot's childhood home during his residency. This Fall, he is also the inaugural Mellon Arts Postdoctoral Fellow in African American and African Diaspora Studies at Columbia University.

In-Person Attendance: Woodberry Poetry Room, Lamont Library, Room 330. Some form of photo ID will be requested in the Lamont lobby. Doors will open 15 minutes prior to the event. Feel free to arrive early for seats and to try your hand at the Ashbery typewriter.

Online Attendance: Livestreaming available via the WPR YouTube Channel. No sign-in is required, just follow the link and click The Stereotype Machine icon on the site. Note: The livestreaming sometimes starts a few minutes after the hour (if the event is delayed).

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you might have about attending this event: Tel: (617) 495-2454. Email: poetryrm@fas.harvard.edu.



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