April 24, 2014 | Medgar Evers College
Congratulations are in order for professor Joanna Sit of the Medgar Evers College (MEC) Department of English. Her newly-published poetry book, In Thailand with the Apostles, is receiving glowing reviews. Mike Sweeney of Fairfield University, author of In Memory of the Fast Break & Octagon Commonweal, states:
What dreams of grandeur, Joanna Sit asks, make us fly? Here’s what I know now: the pilgrimmage to love & knowing begins In Thailand With the Apostles. Wallace Stevens famously remarked that the great poems of heaven & hell have already been written, but not the great poem of the earth. Yet read these gnarly chronicles: every romping chthonic tercet opens up new terrain. Imagine if On the Road detoured through Canterbury, doubled back toward Big Sur, then crashed somewhere between the Purgatorio & Inferno—that’s In Thailand’s visionary itinerary. Missing nothing, never flinching, the poet survives the rainbow of her will—damned transfigured past betrayers, ex-abusers, two-faced lovers & friends—as the exotic bleeds into the macabre, the erotic into the ascetic, the scrofulous into the pristine. The road of excess may lead to the palace of wisdom, or maybe to Dante’s third rung, but Sit & apostles slouch toward satori hewing their merry way through ennui & ecstasy. These are profoundly holy poems for our fractured postmodern days. What an exuberant, harrowing trek, & what an heroic descent!
Professor Sit has been a MEC faculty member since 1992 and she’s received two PSC CUNY Grants over the last 5 years. She is the author of My Last Century (Spuyten Duyvil) and is currently working on Track Works, a poetry collection, and The Reincarnation of Red: An Oral History of Chinese Immigrants and Cantonese Opera in the 1960s. Join us in wishing Professor Sit well in this new endeavor. A book release party will be hosted in her honor on June 9th from 7:00pm-9:00pm at KGB Bar in the East Village in Manhattan and all are invited to attend.
Book Release Party
85 E 4th St
New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 505-3360
7:00pm – 9:00pm
About Medgar Evers College
Located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Medgar Evers College is a growing institution offering both Associate and Baccalaureate degrees. The nearly 7,000-member student body is primarily comprised of those who are the first in their families to attend college. A senior college within The City University of New York (CUNY) system, Medgar Evers College was established in 1970 with a mandate to meet the educational and social needs of the Central Brooklyn community. With a commitment to students who desire a sound academic foundation as well as an opportunity for personal development, Medgar Evers College seeks to provide high-quality, professional, career-oriented undergraduate degree programs in the context of a liberal arts education. For more information, visit www.mec.cuny.edu.