The Reid Family Writers of Color Reading Series

Since 2008, The Reid Family Writers of Color Reading Series has brought a procession of some of the most celebrated writers of color to Fordham.  Events have included readings, master classes and panel discussions.  The English Department at Fordham is deeply grateful to the Reid Family for their generosity.

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2014 Reid Writers: Tracy K. Smith & Vievee Francis

Tracy K. Smith is the author of three books of poetry. Her most recent collection, Life on Mars (Graywolf, 2011), won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book. The collection draws on sources as disparate as Arthur C. Clarke and David Bowie, and is in part an elegiac tribute to her late father, an engineer who worked on the Hubble Telescope. Duende (2007) won the 2006 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets and an Essence Literary Award. The Body's Question (2003) was the winner of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Smith was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers Award in 2004 and a Whiting Award in 2005

Vievee Francis is the author of two poetry collections, Blue-Tail Fly (Wayne State University, 2006) and Horse in the Dark (Northwestern Press, 2012). Her work has appeared in various journals and anthologies including, Best American Poetry 2010 among others. Work is forthcoming in Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry. She was the recipient of a 2009 Rona Jaffe Award and a 2010 Kresge Artist Fellowship. A Cave Canem Fellow, she is currently an Associate Editor for Callaloo.


April 24, 2014


Lincoln Center Campus Events

  • 11:30 am - 12:30 pm:  Reading & Panel Discussion (moderated by Nicole Sealey), Lowenstein, 816

  • 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm:  Book Signing, Lowenstein, 816

Rose Hill Campus Events

  • 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm:  Master Classes (Invitation Only)

  • 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm:  Reading and Question & Answer Session, Flom Auditorium

  • 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm:  Book Signing, Flom Auditorium

The Reid events are made possible through the generosity of Kenneth and Frances K. Reid and the sponsorship of The Fordham English, African & African American Studies and Departments and Creative Writing, American Studies and Comparative Literature Programs.


Poems by Tracy K. Smith

Poems by Vievee Francis

Reid Family Writers Gallery