State University of New York Geneseo
1 College Circle, Geneseo, NY 14454
Afro-Canadian poet, writer, and activist M. NourbeSe Philip will perform from her recent book, Zong!, a radical collection of poetry that tries to come to terms with the 1781 tragedy of the slave-ship Zong, from which ship over 150 African men, women, and children were thrown overboard as part of an insurance claim. No one was ever tried for their murder, and all that survives recording the incident is a two page legal decision, Gregson v. Gilbert, named for and concerned with the ship’s owners and insurers, not the Africans onboard. It has been described by Juliana Spahr as “exceptional and uniquely moving.”
Philip’s performance will be accompanied by an original musical composition by SUNY Geneseo’s Glenn McClure.
The event is free and open to the public; books will be available for purchase. A small reception will open the event in the Doty lobby at 6.30 p.m.