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Mary Moore Easter: ‘Keeping the Past with Eliza Winston’

December 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Free Papers: poems inspired by the testimony of Eliza Winston, a Mississippi slave escaped to freedom in Minnesota in 1860.An online attendance option is now available.

Mary Moore Easter will in turn amplify the voice of Eliza Winston in live performance from her chapbook Free Papers: poems inspired by the testimony of Eliza Winston a Mississippi slave escaped to freedom in Minnesota in 1860.

In moments of discovery, ancestor story and full-throated song, hear Eliza’s courage, doubt, love and personal critique of her situation come alive.

Register for Dec. 6

Following the program, join the Friends for conversation and a dessert reception. Author signing to follow the reading with books available for purchase courtesy of the University of Minnesota Bookstores.

Event Details

What: Keeping the Past with Eliza Winston
Who: Presented by Mary Moore Easter
When: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m.
Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, Givens Conference Room, or attend virtually

About Mary Moore Easter

Mary Moore Easter
Mary Moore Easter

Mary Moore Easter is the author of four poetry books, “From the Flutes of Our Bones”; “The Body of the World” (Minnesota Book Award Finalist); “Walking from Origins”, and “Free Papers”: poems inspired by the testimony of Eliza Winston, a Mississippi slave escaped to freedom in Minnesota in 1860. Newly published from Nodin Press is her memoir of dance and race: “The Way She Wants to Get There: Telling on Myself.”

Easter’s poems have been widely published in Poetry, Prairie Schooner, The Christian Century, Water~Stone, SoFloPoJo and other journals and anthologies. She gives numerous public readings in Minnesota and nationally. Her work can also be found as texts for art songs and on library-sponsored poetry trails.

Born during segregation, in Petersburg, Virginia, to parents on the faculty of Virginia State College (now University), Mary Moore Easter was as immersed in their artistic and intellectual interests as she was in the limitations segregation imposed on her black world. Her adult career as an independent dancer/choreographer and Founder and Director of Carleton College’s dance program overlapped with writing as a Cave Canem Fellow at the foundation for African American poetry.

Her awards include: Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board (2020), Pushcart Prize-nominations, Bush Artist Fellowship in Choreography, multiple McKnight Awards in Interdisciplinary Arts, The Loft Literary Center’s Creative Non-Fiction Award (for study with Colleen McElroy), and residencies at Ragdale and The Anderson Center. Easter holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence and an M.A. in Music for Dancers from Goddard.

In 2022, Carleton College named the new studios in the Weitz Center for Creativity to honor her legacy: the Mary Easter Dance Studios.

Details

Date:
December 6
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Organizer

University of Minnesota Libraries
Phone:
612-624-4520
Email:
libevent@umn.edu
Website:
http://www.lib.umn.edu

Venue

Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120
222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States
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