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14th & V | Langston Room | July 27, 2015 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Politics & Prose at Busboys and Poets presents a reading by some of the most exciting new voices in literary fiction and poetry. Jackson’s first novel reverses the usual immigration trajectory as family difficulties send two sisters from Brooklyn back to Barbados to live with their grandmother. The girls have different responses to their exile and to their grandmother’s practice of obeah—differences that intensify when their father returns, and they must chooses one side of their parentage or the other. Naomi Jackson will be joined by: Chinelo Okparanta, who relocated to this country from Nigeria when she was ten. Her first novel, Under the Udala Trees, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt this fall. Rion Amilcar Scott, who teaches English at Bowie State and has published short fiction in literary magazines; his first collection of stories, Wolf Tickets, will be published by Tiny Hardcore Press. Morowa Yejidé, whose first novel, Time of the Locust, was widely praised and nominated for several awards, including the PEN/Bellwether Prize. And celeste doaks, a poet and journalist who teaches creative writing at Morgan State; her first collection of poems is Cornrows and Cornfields, published by Wrecking Ball Press.

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