Events

Chaun Webster, ARTE Event
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 7 pm
The Literary Arts Institute's Minnesota Street Visiting Writers Series presents the Minneapolis-based poet and graphic designer, Chaun Webster. 
Webster will give a virtual public reading of his work, live streamed on YouTube, followed by a conversation with LAI director, Rachel Marston, and questions from the audience on Tuesday, April 27, at 7 p.m.

Poet and graphic designer Chaun Webster draws from an interest in the work of sign in graffiti, the layering of collage, and the visuality of text.  These methods are used in Webster’s work to investigate race – specifically the instability of blackness and black subjectivities, geography, memory, and the body.  Correspondingly, much of these investigations engage the question of absence, how to archive what is missing from the landscape particularly as a number of communities watch in real time, neighborhoods once populated with familiar presences, dissolve in the vernacular of redevelopment and its attendant colonial logic. Webster's first book of poetry, GeNtry!fication, or the Scene of the Crime (Noemi Press 2018) won the 2018 Minnesota Book Award prize for poetry.