Our Word Presents: Safiya Sinclair

Join us for a reading and Q/A with poet, Safiya Sinclair, Our Word's Fall 2018 Writer-in-Residence.


Safiya Sinclair was born and raised in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She is the author of Cannibal, winner of a Whiting Writers’ Award, the Addison M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Poetry, and the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Cannibal was selected as one of the American Library Association’s “Notable Books of the Year,” and was a finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award, as well as being longlisted for the PEN Open Book Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize. Sinclair’s other honours include a Pushcart Prize, a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, fellowships from Yaddo, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, The Nation, Poetry, Kenyon Review, Oxford American, and elsewhere. She received her MFA in poetry at the University of Virginia, and is currently a PhD candidate in literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California.


Our Word is a student organization whose history is based on activism. In 2000, Our Word was created as the direct result of the protest artist Victor Cervantes '01 staged to highlight the lack of attention for artists of color on campus. Our Word's mission is to enrich the School of the Arts Writing Program, and the literary community, with outreach, advocacy and inclusiveness. Our Word serves diverse writers, including, but not limited to, persons of color, disabled students, international students, LGBTQIA, women, and any person who claims a non-normative identity. Our Word, is open to any MFA student in the Writing Program.


In an effort to bring a more diverse perspective to the MFA Program, we invite an artist to be our Writer-in-Residence (WiR) each semester. The WiR offers feedback to student work in a one-on-one conference setting. Copies of the WiR’s books and articles are made available to students.


Previous WiRs have included Naomi Jackson, Saeed Jones, Alice Sola Kim, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Wesley Brown, Marie Mockett, Samantha Thornhill, Victor LaValle, Hari Kunzru, and Colson Whitehead.


The event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required; it is first come, first served.


Event Time & Date

Date: Past Event
Location: Dodge Hall Room 401