About the event

There is so much more to talk about and listen to.

Harmony Holiday and Fred Moten will continue their ongoing exchange in this improvised session of listening and reading from their new work. Imagine gathering together again in the living room, across time zones, as we carry forward the conversation and spirit of their November 2019 reading in The James Gallery that celebrated their new books A Jazz Funeral for Uncle Tom (winner of a 2020 California Book Award) and All That Beauty (read a review of Fred's book by Harmony in the new issue of the Poetry Project).

Video documentation is available here.

Click here to listen to the musical playlist, "Ensemble Time" curated by Harmony Holiday for the event.

A list of resources from this session can be found here.

Fred Moten teaches black studies, critical theory and poetics in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University. His latest book, written with Stefano Harney, is All Incomplete (Minor Compositions/Autonomedia, 2020).

Harmony Holiday is a writer, dancer, archivist, and the author of 5 collections of poetry including the forthcoming ​Maafa (2020)​. ​She also curates an archive of griot poetics and a related performance series at LA’s MOCA. ​She has received the Motherwell Prize from Fence Books, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, a NYFA fellowship, a Schomburg Fellowship, and a research fellowship from Harvad’s Woodberry Poetry Room. ​She’s currently working on a film commissioned for LA’s 2020 biennial, and a collection of essays entitled ​Love is War for Miles​ in addition to other writing, film, and curatorial projects.

Harmony Holiday and Fred Moten reading in The James Gallery, November, 2019, during the "Notes on Solidarity: Tricontinentalism in Print" exhibition.

This event is organized and sponsored by The James Gallery and the Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and Birds, LLC.