The Menil Collection

Robin Coste Lewis Reading and Book Signing

Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2019 – Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2019

07:00 PM – 08:00 PM


Join author Robin Coste Lewis for a reading from her 2015 book of poetry Voyage of the Sable Venus, in which she explores the complexities of race and the black female figure through representations in art and history.

The reading will be followed by a book signing with the author.

This program is free and open to everyone.

About the author
Robin Coste Lewis is the poet laureate of Los Angeles and writer-in-residence at the University of Southern California. Her poetry debut, Voyage of the Sable Venus (Knopf, 2015) was honored with the 2015 National Book Award for Poetry-the first poetry debut to do so since 1975, and the first debut to win in poetry by an African American. Lewis is a Cave Canem fellow, a fellow of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, and a Ford Foundation Art of Change fellow. She received her MFA in poetry from NYU, an MTS in Sanskrit and comparative religious literature from Harvard University’s Divinity School, and a PhD in poetry and visual studies from the University of Southern California. A finalist for the Rita Dove Poetry Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Hurston/Wright Award, as well as the International War Poetry Prize, Lewis has published her work widely in various journals and anthologies, including The New YorkerThe Paris Review, and The New York Times, among others. She has taught at Wheaton College, Hunter College, Hampshire College, and the NYU Low-Residency MFA in Paris. Currently, she is a Writer-in-Residence at the University of Southern California. Born in Compton, California, her family is from New Orleans.

Major funding for public programs at the Menil Collection is provided by Anchorage Foundation of Texas.


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