The Africana Studies Program at Gettysburg College will present Ishmael Reed, reading selections from his literary works on Monday, November 15, 2010 in the Kline Theater at 7:30pm.
Reed, the author of seven novels, four books of poetry, two collections of essays and numerous critical articles, is one of today's pre-eminent African American literary figures. Hailed as multicultural, revolutionary, vivid, and containing a deep awareness of mythic archetypes, Reed's work is best known for its use of parody and satire in attempts to create new myths and to challenge the formal conventions of literary tradition. As well as being a novelist, poet, and essayist, Reed is a songwriter, television producer, publisher, magazine editor, and playwright. The founder of the Before Columbus Foundation and There City Cinema, Reed has taught at Harvard University, Yale, and Dartmouth, and for twenty years, at the University of California at Berkeley. Two of Reed's books have been nominated for National Book Awards, and he has received numerous honors, fellowships, and prizes, including the Lewis H. Michaux Literary Prize, awarded to him in 1978 by the Studio Museum in Harlem.
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