25th Anniversary Spring Issue Launch

Kiese Laymon
in conversation with Tressie McMillan Cottom

Thursday, May 2 | 5:30–7:00 PM
TICKETS ($10: includes a copy of the Spring Issue) *online ticket sales have closed but are still available at the door on a first come, first served basis*

We’re thrilled to kick off our 25th anniversary with writer Kiese Laymon. In celebration of our Spring 2019 Issue, “Backward/Forward,” Laymon will read from his bestselling memoir Heavy, winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal and finalist for the Kirkus Prize, followed by a conversation with Tressie McMillan Cottom.

The “Backward/Forward” Issue, edited by Charles Reagan Wilson, explores where the South is going and where it’s been. As Laymon writes in Heavy, “The nation as it is currently constituted has never dealt with a yesterday or tomorrow where we were radically honest, generous, and tender with each other.”

Kiese Laymon grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. In his observant, often very funny work, Laymon does battle with the personal and the political: race and family, body and shame, poverty and place. In addition to his provocative memoir Heavy, he is the author of the groundbreaking essay collection How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, and the genre-defying novel Long Division.

Tressie McMillan Cottom is an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her work has been featured by the Washington Post, NPR’s Fresh Air, The Daily Show, the New York Times, Slate, and The Atlantic, among others. She is the author of Thick: And Other Essays and Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy (The New Press) and lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Southern Cultures is an award-winning, peer-reviewed journal published by UNC Press for the Center for the Study of the American South at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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UNC Stone Center | 150 South Rd, Chapel Hill, NC

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of the American South, the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, the Department of Creative Writing, the Department of American Studies, and the Department of English and Comparative Literature.