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Anaïs Duplan and Louis Chude-Sokei share the stage for Live from Prairie Lights


Anaïs Duplan and Louis Chude-Sokei

Prairie Lights Bookstore — Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m.

Anaïs Duplan's 'Take This Stallion' came out this month.
Anaïs Duplan’s ‘Take This Stallion’ came out this month.

The Center for Afrofuturist Studies (CAS) is in the midst of welcoming its second artist-in-residence this week. The peak of this introduction comes Thursday, May 19 at Prairie Lights Bookstore, when the center’s founder and director, Anaïs Duplan, is joined by Louis Chude-Sokei for readings, starting at 7 p.m.

Duplan will be reading from her debut collection of poetry, Take This Stallion, which was published this month by Brooklyn Arts Press. Those who attended the Black Ocean 10th Anniversary Party at the Yacht Club during this year’s Mission Creek Festival have heard a few of these stunning pieces, and know what a treat this will be.

Chude-Sokei is editor-in-chief of The Black Scholar and the second CAS artist-in-residence. He comes to Iowa City from Seattle, where he teaches at the University of Washington. He will be reading from his forthcoming memoir, An Immigrant Alphabet. His other works include The Last Darky and The Sound of Culture: Diaspora and Black Technopoetics, as well as the also-forthcoming Dr. Satan’s Echo Chamber: Essays in Dub.

This Live From Prairie Lights reading will also be streamed on the store’s website.


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