March 10, 2014 | CUNY Matters, Medgar Evers College
Medgar Evers College (MEC) students, faculty, and staff are invited to join a celebration of four of MEC’s faculty members hosted by the English Department. An exclusive reading will take place tonight from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the Edison O. Jackson (EOJ) Auditorium in AB-1. The evening will include readings from Tonya Cherie Hegamin, Mitchell S. Jackson, Kamilah Aisha Moon, and Joanna Sit’s creative works of fiction and poetry. A reception and book signing will follow the program.
Tonya Cherie Hegamin will draw audience members in with her reading from her second novel, Willow. Published by Random House, the novel follows Willow, a 15-year old slave, and Cato, a freed black man committed to getting fugitive slaves to freedom. Though their lives seem worlds, sometimes rivers, apart Willow shows the complexities of a rich historical tapestry. Professor Hegamin’s poetic language and effortless writing style reveal the true meaning of freedom, family and love.
Mitchell S. Jackson will read from his debut novel, The Residue Years. The novel has been acclaimed by the New York Times as “a powerful debut novel…the language flying off the page with energy.” Residue Years follows Shawn “Champ” Thomas on his quest to fulfill his one mission—buying back his family’s old house. Though the quest seems impossible because of addiction, complicated family dynamics, and lies, Champ is determined to get back a happiness that once was so natural for him and his family.
Kamilah Aisha Moon will wow our MEC audience with her reading from her debut poetry collection She Has a Name. Jericho Brown describes Kamilah’s work as having a “voice that is at once intimate and encompassing.”
To close, Joanna Sit will read the melodious stylings of her first poetry collection, My Last Century. The work journeys through the wreckage of the world as it is truly experienced. Through the apocalyptic scenarios and epic language, My Last Century delivers an experience that won’t soon be forgotten.