Poetry Reading by Jarita Davis

Hilliard University Art Museum ,  710 E St. Mary Blvd. Lafayette, LA 70503


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Dates: November 2, 2016

Price: FREE

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Join us for a reading by a UL alum and fiction writer who has recently published a critically-acclaimed book of poetry, Return Flights. These poems—varying from narrative to imagist to lyrical—reflect the “sodade” of Cape Verdean culture that is shaped by separation and longing—longing for the home that has been left behind and for loved ones who have departed.

Cape Verdean communities extend beyond national boundaries and are paradoxically independent of place, even when inspired by it. Return Flights marks a turning point for Cape Verdean American culture, one in which a partially forgotten past becomes a starting point for possible futures, both of new transoceanic contacts and of new reinventions of culture.

Return Flights was published by Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth and released in 2016. The event will be followed by a book signing with the author.

Presented in partnership with the Ernest J. Gaines Center.

Jarita Davis is a poet and fiction writer with a BA from Brown University and an MA and a PhD from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. Her work has appeared in the Southwestern Review, Cave Canem Anthologies, Crab Orchard Review, Plainsongs, Verdad Magazine, and the Cape Cod Poetry Review. She lives and writes on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.