The Laura C. Harris Series welcomes poet Rosamond S. King presenting an artist talk. This talk is in conjunction with “Activating/Performance\Activism,” the Laura C. Harris Scholar-in-Residence initiative of Gabrielle Civil.
King is a creative and critical writer and artist whose work is deeply informed by her cultures and communities (including African, Caribbean, American, and queer), by history, and by a sense of play. Her publications include the poetry collection “Rock | Salt | Stone” and the award-winning critical study “Island Bodies: Transgressive Sexualities in the Caribbean Imagination.”
King draws on reality to create non-literal interpretations of contemporary and historical experiences of African and Caribbean people. Her staged and guerilla performance art is culturally and politically engaged, often takes place in public, and utilizes the language of movement as well as spoken and written text. Her poetry often “moves” on the page, using different forms of English and different physical and poetic structures. With all of her work, King’s goal is to make people feel, wonder, and think, in that order.