The Department of Performance Studies presents:
Long Division: Talk with Kiese Laymon
When: Tuesday, February 4, 2013, 6pm
Where: 721 Broadway, 6th floor, Room 612
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Long Division is the title of Kiese Laymon’s recent novel. Long Division is a coming of age story that explores the complexity of history, race, religion, and youth culture, and how they perform in the present in the southern United States. He will read excerpts from this book and from his collection of essays How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America.
Kiese Laymon is a black southern writer, born, and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon attended Milsaps College and Jackson State University before graduating from Oberlin College in 1998. He earned an MFA from Indiana University in 2003 and is the author of the recent novel Long Division and a collection of autobiographical essays called How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. Laymon has written essays and stories for numerous publications including Gawker, ESPN.com, Esquire.com, Longman’s Hip Hop Reader, the journal, “Politics and Culture” and Mythium, He is a contributing editor at Gawker and frequently blogs at kieselaymon.com, Laymon is currently an Associate Professor of English and co-director of Africana Studies at Vassar College.
*reception to follow the lecture.
This event is a part of the Performance Studies Lecture Forum Series, which is sponsored by the Department of Performance Studies at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.