Du Bois Lectures at Harvard University; and Cultures in Babylon: Black
Britain and African America (1999), a collection of her writings over
the past 20 years. In the 1970s Hazel Carby was a high school English
teacher and anti-racist activist in East London. A graduate of Birmingham
University (1984) and a former professor at Wesleyan University, Professor
Carby teaches courses on diasporic literature, representations of the
black female body and the politics of race and sex in science fiction.
She is currently writing Child of Empire: Race and Gender in Post-WWII
Britain. She lives in Guilford, CT with her husband Michael Denning.
Hazel V. Carby is the Charles C. and Dorothea S. Dilley Professor of
African American Studies and Professor of American Studies at Yale
University. In addition to numerous influential essays, she is author of
Reconstructing Womanhood: The Emergence of the Afro-American
Woman Novelist (1987); Race Men: The Body and Soul of Race,
Nation and Masculinity (1998), which had its genesis as The W. E. B.
Blues (1995), a reconsideration of the blues in relation to race;
Bebop and Nothing-ness (1996), an overview of the jazz and pop
scenes exploring the bebop legacy; Afterglow: A Last Conversation
with Pauline Kael (2002), a biography of the late film critic; Jazz
and Its Discontents (2004), a reader; and his latest publication,
Coltrane Biography (2005). Francis Davis has taught a course
on jazz and blues in the former Folklore and Folklife Department at the
University of Pennsylvania and he has received many awards, including
a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, a Pew Fellowship
for the Arts, and three ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards. Francis Davis lives
in Philadelphia with his wife, Terry Gross of National Public Radio.
|Francis Davis has been called one of the savviest
and most admired jazz critics of our time. A columnist for the Village
Voice and a Contributing Editor of the Atlantic Monthly,
Davis also has written on music and popular culture for the New
York Times Book Review, the Nation, and the New
Yorker (among others). He is the author of numerous books,
including Outcats (1990), The History of the
amused. It makes it a pleasure to listen to her language and thought experiments;
they are offered lightly; you are under no emotional obligation to care.
Which of course makes it more possible to do so."
|| Kay Ryan is a contemporary poet who adheres to
the modernist ideal of impersonality more strictly than most modernists
did. She objects to "personality horning in on the real question:
the words on the page." Ryan's praise for another poet is also
an apt description of her own work: "How does smart sound?
It isn't the Greek and Latin references. The smartness is a tone,
something light—dry—exact and
Ryan has published six books, and her poetry has been widely represented
in distinguished periodicals, including Poetry, the New Yorker,
the Atlantic Monthly, the Yale Review, and the Paris
Review. She has been awarded the 2004 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the
Maurice English Poetry Award, and the Union League Poetry Prize, and she
has received fellowships from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the National
Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. She was included
on Entertainment Weekly’s 2001 "It List." Kay Ryan was
born and educated in California, where she continues to live. She has
ridden her bicycle across the United States.
Kay Ryan's reading at MSA Chicago is sponsored by The
Poetry Foundation, an independent literary organization committed
to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture, and the publisher of
Poetry magazine. Founded in Chicago by Harriet Monroe in 1912,
Poetry established its reputation early by publishing the first
important poems of T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens,
H. D., William Carlos Williams, Carl Sandburg, and other now-classic authors.
Life (2003), a collection of pop and jazz from Frank Sinatra
to Sting, “There’s only one word to describe it: Wow!”
She has recorded two duet CDs with pianist/vocalist Judy Roberts: Autumn
Leaves (2001) and the holiday favorite Santa Baby (2002).
Her debut album, Never Let Me Go (1994), remained on the national charts
for 13 weeks. Jackie appears regularly at such Chicago hot spots as the
Jazz Showcase, Andy's, and the Green Mill, and she has performed at the
Detroit, Ravinia and Chicago jazz festivals as well as in Europe. A graduate
of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she has recently been appointed
to the faculty of the Chicago Musical College at Roosevelt University.
Jackie lives in Muncie, IN with her husband, bassist and composer Hans
Sturm, and their son, Wolfgang.
Jackie Allen has been singing jazz in Chicago
for 20 years with seven CDs to her credit. Love is Blue
(2004), which features original as well as newly arranged compositions
by such writers as Alec Wilder and Annie Lennox, reached number
eight in national airplay and broke the top fifteen on the Billboard
charts. for sales. The Jazz Times Magazine said of The
Men in My
Jackie Allen's performance at MSA Chicago is sponsored by Northwestern