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Poetry From Around the World

Poet, Professor Brings a World of Poetry to UC Riverside

Chris Abani, an award winning poet and novelist, will read his own and the poetry of other writers from around the world on May 7.

(April 29, 2010)

Professor of Creative Writing Chris Abani.

Professor of Creative Writing Chris Abani.

As a much-revered poet and novelist, Chris Abani is often invited to read his work to literature lovers around the world.

But on May 7, he will bring the world to UC Riverside when he reads poetry – his own and the work of other writers from around the globe – from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in room 240 of the Orbach Science Library. The event is free.

A UC Riverside professor of creative writing and director of the M.F.A program, Abani has written numerous books and poems, many inspired by his life in Nigeria, London and the United States. When he was 18 years old he was arrested after Nigerian officials deemed his first novel “Masters of the Board,” which is about a Neo-Nazi takeover of Nigeria, to be an actual plan for a coup.

He is the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in Fiction, the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, the Prince Claus Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and the UC Riverside Distinguished Humanist Award from UC Riverside.

His poetry collections are “Sanctificum” (2010), “There Are No Names For Red” (2010), “Feed Me The Sun - Collected Long Poems” (2010), “Hands Washing Water” (2006), “Dog Woman” (2004), “Daphne's Lot” (2003) and “Kalakuta Republic” (2000). His prose includes “Song For Night” (2007); “The Virgin of Flame” (2007); “Becoming Abigail” (2006); and “GraceLand”( 2004).

The poetry reading is sponsored by the Librarians Association of UC Riverside and the UC Riverside Libraries. Refreshments will be served.

For additional information call Steve Mitchell (951) 827-6454.



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