4/28/18 Scott Woods Patreon-Only Novel Reading

Writer and Streetlight Guild founder Scott Woods will be discussing and performing excerpts from his novel in progress, “Cthulhu Dayz” (working title) for a Patreon members exclusive event. The novel is a timely intersection on the horror mythology of H.P. Lovecraft and modern black life, and how all horrors matter.

For more details and membership, click here.

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4/10/18 A Study in Verse: Pardlo’s “Problema 4”

A Study in Verse is a series of lectures by poets focusing on a single poem each session. They interpret its meaning, its devices and context, and what the poem may have to say to audiences now. A brief Q&A follows the lecture.

April 10 – Geoff Anderson on Gregory Pardlo’s “Problema 4”
(Parsons Library / 1113 Parsons Avenue)

April 24 – Steve Abbott on Robert Hayden’s “Those Winter Sundays”
(Main Library Auditorium / 96 South Grant Avenue)

May 8 – Dr. Sidney Jones, Jr. on Langston Hughes’ “I, Too”
(Main Library Auditorium / 96 South Grant Avenue)

All lectures are from 7:00 – 8:00 in various locations. 
Admission: Free

4/2/18 – Quarter Given: New Poems by Maggie Smith

Quarter Given: New Poetry is a truly exclusive poetry reading experience that features all-new work by a notable poet in an intimate setting, in which only 25 audience members are given access. Some of the work may be soon published or experimental, and almost all of it will be work you haven’t accessed in any form. A brief Q&A follows each reading. This miniseries happens over two dates, both taking place at Art of Republic in Columbus, Ohio.

March 19 – Hanif Abdurraqib 
April 2 – Maggie Smith     
Tickets on sale now!

All shows run from 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Admission: $13 / ADVANCE SALES ONLY / Tickets for 4/2 can be bought here.
Art of Republic / 34 West Fifth Avenue / Columbus, Ohio 43201

2/23/18 – Stephen King’s Magical Negroes: A Reading

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In 2017 Stephen King launched four movies, two TV series, and two new books. King fan and cultural critic Scott Woods checks in on some of King’s…darker tendencies, specifically how King uses black people in his work.

Woods’ lecture includes the reading of excerpts from various works by King, examining the issues around his use of the “Magical Negro” trope and black characters in general, as well as how his use of them relates to creative freedom, self-expression, and narrative license. Readings include excerpts from “The Shining”, “The Green Mile”, “Mr. Mercedes”, and “Sleeping Beauties”, as well as other material. It will also include new observations on recent films “The Dark Tower” and “It”, as well as the “Mr. Mercedes” and “The Mist” TV series.

Previous versions of this talk included most of the black characters in King’s universe at the time, but with the volume of reimagined and transitioning characters released in 2017 alone, it’s time for a temperature check. In 2014 Woods published a notable essay on King and his use of the Magical Negro device in Union Station Magazine. The reading will conclude with a Q&A.

Friday February 23, 2018
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm 
St. Philips Episcopal Church
166 Woodland Avenue, Columbus, OH
Admission: $5

9/28/17 – Stephen King’s Magical Negroes: A Reading

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2017 is the year Stephen King pays all the bills. The author is launching two movies, two TV series, and two new books this year. So it’s time for writer, King fan, and cultural critic Scott Woods to check in on some of King’s…darker tendencies, aka how King uses black people in his work.

Woods’ lecture includes the reading of excerpts from various works by King, examining the issues around his use of the “Magical Negro” trope and black characters in general, as well as how his use of them relates to creative freedom, self-expression, and narrative license. Readings will include excerpts from “The Shining”, “The Stand”, “The Green Mile”, “Mr. Mercedes”, as well as other material. It will also include new observations on the forthcoming films “The Dark Tower” and “It”, as well as the “Mr. Mercedes” and “The Mist” TV series. (The new book, “Sleeping Beauties” may be included if it has relevant material, but this won’t be known until its release on September 26).

Previous versions of this talk included most of the black characters in King’s universe at the time, but with the volume of reimagined and transitioning characters from print to film in 2017, it’s time for a temperature check. In 2014 Woods published a notable essay on King and his use of the Magical Negro device in Union Station Magazine. The reading will conclude with a Q&A.

Thursday September 28, 2017
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Kafe Kerouac
2250 N. High Street, Columbus, OH
Admission: $5

12/9/17 – Wrecka Playa: Album Art in 20 Years

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Wrecka Playa is a visual art exhibit featuring album cover art as realized by artists for music 20 years in the future. What will Kanye West be putting out in 20 years? What will Beyonce’s track list consist of after her three kids go to college? What will the cover for Adele’s “49” look like? What if Prince hadn’t died and had another 20 years of albums to show for it? Wrecka Playa investigates not only what kind of art would go with the music of 20 years from now, but what statements such music – and its album art – might make on the society of 2037.

WRECKA PLAYA: Album Art in 20 Years

Exhibit opens December 9, 2017 @ Second Sight Project, Columbus OH.
735 Sullivant Ave, Columbus, OH 43222