To Mars and Beyond: Nikki Giovanni and Afrofuturism
Co-Presented by Poets House
Thursday, November 9
A screening of GOING TO MARS: THE NIKKI GIOVANNI PROJECT, followed by a conversation with Cynthia Manick, editor of The Future of Black: Afrofuturism, Black Comics, and Superhero Poetry and Poets House Executive Director Rob Arnold
Screening presented as part of the Alfred P. Sloan Science on Screen® series, an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theater, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Poets House is a comfortable, accessible place for poetry - a library and meeting place which invites poets and the public to step into the living tradition of poetry. Poets House seeks to document the wealth and diversity of modern poetry, to stimulate dialogue on issues of poetry in culture, and to cultivate a wider audience for the art. Located at 10 River Terrace in NYC.
Cynthia Manick is the author of No Sweet Without Brine (Amistad, 2023) which received 5 stars from Roxane Gay, editor of The Future of Black: Afrofuturism, Black Comics, and Superhero Poetry, and author of Blue Hallelujahs. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, MacDowell, and Château de la Napoule. A storyteller at literary festivals, libraries, universities, and most recently the Brooklyn, Frye, and Rubin museum’s, Manick’s work has been featured in the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day Series, Brooklyn Rail, the Rumpus, and other outlets. She lives in Brooklyn, New York but travels widely for poetry.
Rob Arnold is a Chamoru poet and literary leader with two decades of experience in publishing and related positions, most recently as Interim Executive Director of Hugo House. He previously co-founded the literary journal Memorious, and worked with Ploughshares, Fence Books, Beacon Press, PEN New England, The National Poetry Series, the National Endowment for the Arts, Grid Books, and as an agent for Aevitas Creative Management. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Hyphen, Gettysburg Review, Poetry Northwest, RED INK, Yes Poetry, The Ocean State Review, Peripheries, and The Volta, among others. Rob has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has received support from the Somerville Arts Council, the Jack Straw Cultural Center, and Artist Trust.