Former WITS writer Jericho Brown will read from his new work tonight at the University of Houston. Jericho left Houston last year, in order to become a professor at the University of San Diego.

Who: Jericho Brown, Zetta Elliott, Honoreé Fanonne Jeffers, and Sean Hill

Time: Wednesday, April 9, 2008 7:00 p.m.

Location: UH, M.D. Anderson Library, 114 University Libraries, Houston, TX 77204

Cost: Free

Cave Canem Foundation, North America’s premier home for black poetry, will showcase four contributors to The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, which contains the poems of 103 emerging and award-winning poets. Honoreé Fanonne Jeffers (The Gospel of Barbecue, Outlandish Blues, and Red Clay Suite), Jericho Brown, Zetta Elliott, and Sean Hill (Blood Ties & Brown Liquor) will all read their original verse from The Ringing Ear, the first anthology of its kind focusing on what Marilyn Hacker has called “‘the magnetic South,’ vexed and compelling as it is in the Black American imagination.”

The program, co-sponsored by Cave Canem Foundation, the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at the University of Houston, and the University of Houston, is free to the public. For more information, call 713.743.2952.

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