What: Marilyn K. Cory Speaker Series hosts poet Tiffany Austin
When: 7 p.m. Nov. 9
Where: Art and Journalism Building Room 275
As part of the English department's Marilyn K. Cory speaker series, contemporary African-American blues poet Tiffany Austin will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Art and Journalism Building Room 275.
Austin's work addressing social concerns fits with the series' theme this semester, which is poetry and social justice.
Emily Rutter, the faculty manager for the event, said it will be a night for innovative poetry.
"[Austin’s] work conveys a deep commitment to social concerns," Rutter said. "At the same time, she carves out an individualized space for self-expression and reflection. In short, Austin’s work offers a new way of seeing and knowing."
Austin expanded on this while talking to the Jacket Copy creative class at Ball State.
“I’m trying to work out something in my poetry, and I like for audiences to take that journey with me," she said. "I truly believe if we use new language, our perspectives and how we engage with problems change as well. I do not have a target audience; I only hope for one that is willing to listen.”
Brittany Ulman, a student who has been helping organize the event, said this event will help provide commentary on issues that are happening in the country today.
"Austin in particular will share her work that is a commentary on the roles and challenges of the African-American woman, gender relations and African Diaspora, all while embodying her unique blues aesthetic," she said. "The theme of poetry and social justice was largely chosen to hopefully attract a diverse group of students and Muncie residents. Through the author's poetry, this audience will come together and consider the social justice issues we are experiencing now as a nation."
The department will also host award-winning poet Tyehimba Jess for a reading in April, also part of the Cory series.