Thurs, Jan 26 | 7:00PM
Please join the Center for Art, Research and Alliances (CARA) and Primary Information for readings and a discussion to celebrate the release of STEFFANI JEMISON’s book, A Rock, A River, A Street, with Thomas Jean Lax and Simone White.
Moving deftly across narrative genres and styles as she interrogates the boundedness of the self, the possibilities of plurality, and the limits of performance, Jemison’s 2022 book follows a young Black woman who lives at the hazy border between Brooklyn and Queens in the not-so-distant present. As she rides the subway, walks around her neighborhood, visits the doctor, watches movies, attends dance class, and tries to heal her body, she recalls formative experiences from her childhood and absorbs the world around her; in the process, we are brought into her conflicted relationship with language. Acutely conscious of the soft, responsive nature of her physical self, and pushed and pulled by forces she cannot control, the narrator is vulnerable, terrifyingly open. Jemison’s writing asks, Where does your body end and the world begin? How do you locate the limit between yourself and others?
The conversation will begin promptly at 7:00PM (doors open at 6:30)
Admission is free and on a first-come basis
Copies of the book will be on hand or can be purchased online through Primary Information.
To learn more about the event, please visit CARA's website.