VCUQatar as part of their Image, Word, and Voice Lecture Series sponsored by the General Education Program presents a lecture by Chris Abani. The lecture open to the public,will be held on Wednesday, 23 April, 2008 7:00 pm in the VCUQatar Atrium.
The reading by the Nigerian-born poet and novelist Chris Abani concludes the 2007-2008 series Image Word, and Voice.
"The series is intended to supplement students' education by extending the range of visitors—of thinkers—to which they are exposed. What these visitors all have in common is that they are committed to using the image, the word, or both to communicate, to give voice to, something of what it means to be alive at the beginning of the 21st century." explained Jeff Lodge Assistant Professor VCUQatar English Department.
Chris Abani's books include Song For Night (Akashic, 2007), The Virgin of Flames (Penguin, 2007), Becoming Abigail (Akashic, 2006), GraceLand (FSG, 2004, and Masters of the Board (Delta, 1985).
His poetry collections are Hands Washing Water (Copper Canyon, 2006), Dog Woman (Red Hen, 2004), Daphne's Lot (Red Hen, 2003), and Kalakuta Republic (Saqi, 2001). He is a professor at the University of California, Riverside, and the recipient of the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, the Prince Claus Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a California Book Award, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the PEN Hemingway Book Prize.
The New York Times Book Review on the novel Becoming Abigail said: "Abani, himself incarcerated and tortured for his writings and activism in Nigeria in the mid-'80s, writes about the body's capacity for both ecstasy and pain with an honesty and precision rarely encountered in recent fiction .This is a powerful, harrowing work, made more so because, while much of the narrative seems to be a vortex of affliction, Abigail's destiny is not inevitable."