The Literary Reading Series welcomes Toi Derricote Thursday, February 13, at 7:00 p.m. in Admission Building 220. The event is free and open to the public.
Toi Derricotte was born in Hamtramck, Michigan. She earned her BA in special education from Wayne State University and her MA in English literature from New York University. Her books of poetry include I: New & Selected Poems (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019); The Undertaker’s Daughter (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011); Tender (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1997), which won the 1998 Paterson Poetry Prize; Captivity (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1989); Natural Birth (Crossing Press, 1983); and The Empress of the Death House (Lotus Press, 1978). She is also the author of a literary memoir, The Black Notebooks (W. W. Norton, 1997), which won the 1998 Annisfield-Wolf Book Award for Non-Fiction. Together with Cornelius Eady, in 1996, she cofounded the Cave Canem Foundation, a national poetry organization committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets. In 2016, she and Eady accepted the National Book Foundation’s Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community on behalf of Cave Canem. She taught at Xavier in 1997-8.
Presented by XULA's Arts and Humanities, Department of English, and Creative Writing.