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ZOOM ONLY: "Imprevision": The Entanglement of Improvisation and Revision in the Work of Poetic (De)Composition

A Craft Lecture by Fred Moten, Zell Visiting Writers Series
Friday, December 9, 2022
10:00-11:00 AM
Off Campus Location
Due to unexpected health circumstances, this event has been changed to ZOOM ONLY. Login here (no pre-registration needed):

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Fred Moten is Professor of Performance Studies and Comparative Literature at New York University. He is concerned social movement, aesthetic experiment and black study and has written a number of books of poetry and criticism, including In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press, 2003); Hughson's Tavern (Leon Works, 2009); B. Jenkins (Duke University Press, 2010); The Feel Trio (Letter Machine Editions, 2014); The Little Edges (Wesleyan University Press, 2015); The Service Porch (Letter Machine Editions, 2016); consent not to be a single being (Duke University Press, 2017, 2018); and All That Beauty (Letter Machine Editions, 2019).

In 2014, The Feel Trio was a poetry finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was winner of the California Book Award. In 2016, The Little Edges was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. That year he was also awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Stephen E. Henderson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry by the African American Literature and Culture Society. In 2018 Moten was received the inaugural Roy Lichtenstein Award of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ and was named a United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow. In 2019, Black and Blur, the first volume of consent not to be a single being, was awarded honorable mention for the William Sanders Scarborough Prize by the Modern Language Association; the second volume, Stolen Life, was a finalist for the Poetry Foundation’s Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism; and All That Beauty was named one of the best poetry books of the year by The New York Times. In 2020, Black and Blur received the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism in Memory of Newton Arvin. In the same year, Moten was named a Macarthur Fellow.

Moten is engaged in ongoing collaborations with theorist Stefano Harney, critic Laura Harris, artist Wu Tsang and musicians Gerald Cleaver and Brandon Lopez. With Harney, he is co-author of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (Minor Compositions/Autonomedia, 2013), A Poetics of the Undercommons (Sputnik and Fizzle, 2016) and All Incomplete (Minor Compositions/Autonomedia, 2021); and with Tsang, Who touched me? (If I Can't Dance, I Don't Want to be Part of Your Revolution, 2016). With Harris, he co-operates Trespassage, a shared study space on the outskirts of New York City. Moten is a member of Tsang’s performance/cinema troupe Moved By the Motion, whose work been shown or performed at venues and for institutions including If I Can't Dance I Don't Want To Be A Part of Your Revolution, Amsterdam; Tate Modern, London; and the New Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among many other venues. The album Fred Moten, Brandon Lopez, Gerald Cleaver was released by Reading Group Records in 2022.

Moten has also collaborated with many other artists, artist collectives and study groups including the Anti-colonial Machine, Arika, Exodus Reading Group, Gerald Cleaver & Brandon Lopez, Andrea Geyer, Renee Gladman, Renée Green, the Institute for Physical Sociality, Arthur Jafa, Jennie C. Jones, George Lewis, Le Mardi Gras Listening Collective, MPA, William Parker, Ultra-red, James Gordon Williams, Suné Woods and Fernando Zalamea. He has served on the editorial boards of Callaloo, Discourse, American Quarterly, and Social Text; as a member of the Critical Theory Institute at the University of California, Irvine; on the board of directors of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, City University of New York; and on the advisory board of Issues in Critical Investigation, Vanderbilt University.

For any questions about the event or to share accommodation needs, please email we are eager to help ensure that this event is inclusive to you. The building, event space, and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. A lactation room (Angell Hall #5209), reflection room (Haven Hall #1506), and gender-inclusive restroom (Angell Hall 5th floor) are available on site. ASL interpreters and CART services at in-person events are available upon request; please email at least two weeks prior to the event, whenever possible, to allow time to arrange services.

U-M employees with a U-M parking permit may use the Church Street Parking Structure (525 Church St., Ann Arbor) or the Thompson Parking Structure (500 Thompson St., Ann Arbor). There is limited metered street parking on State Street and South University Avenue. The Forest Avenue Public Parking Structure (650 South Forest Ave., Ann Arbor) is five blocks away, and the parking rate is $1.20 per hour. All of these options include parking spots for individuals with disabilities.
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Literature
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Zell Visiting Writers Series, Residential College, Comparative Literature, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, English Language & Literature - MFA Program in Creative Writing, University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA), University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers' Program, Department of English Language and Literature, LSA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion