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Virtual Book Talk: Appropriate - A Provocation

Author Paisley Rekdal sitting in front of a poster and a picture of her book cover
Sep 16
Literature
Virtual Book Talk: Appropriate - A Provocation
Sep 16, 2021
6:00pm - 7:00pm PST

Appropriate – A Provocation by Paisley Rekdal is timely, nuanced work that dissects the thorny debate around cultural appropriation and the literary imagination.

Join us for a compelling discussion with Professor Paisley Rekdal in conversation with Jorge Rojas, a multidisciplinary artist, curator, and educator from Morelos, Mexico.

How do we properly define cultural appropriation, and is it always wrong? If we can write in the voice of another, should we? And if so, what questions do we need to consider first? In Appropriate, creative writing professor Paisley Rekdal addresses a young writer to delineate how the idea of cultural appropriation has evolved—and perhaps calcified—in our political climate. Appropriate presents a generous new framework for one of the most controversial subjects in contemporary literature.

After the talk there will be an opportunity to ask questions. 

Cost: Free for Members; $5 general admission; Free for students (use the code Student)

About the author:

Award-winning author Paisley Rekdal is University of Utah Distinguished Professor of English and Utah's Poet Laureate. Born to a Chinese-American mother and Norwegian father, Rekdal grew up in Seattle and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington. She is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee; a hybrid-genre photo-text entitled Intimate; and six books of poetry, among them Imaginary Vessels, which was a finalist for the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Prize, and Nightingale. Her book, The Broken Country, won the 2016 AWP Nonfiction Prize, and her newest work of nonfiction, Appropriate: A Provocation, was published by W.W. Norton in 2021. Her work has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Foundation, the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship Trust, and various state arts councils. Her poetry has been included in multiple editions of The Best American Poetry series, and she was guest editor for Best American Poetry 2020.

 

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About the moderator:

Jorge Rojas is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, and educator from Morelos, Mexico. He studied Art at the University of Utah and at Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Rojas uses performance, visual art, and social engagement to examine cultural, social, and mediated forms of communication. His art and curatorial projects have been exhibited in galleries, museums, and other venues nationally and internationally. From 2015 to 2021, Rojas served as director of learning and engagement at Utah Museum of Fine Arts where he oversaw education, community engagement, and public programming initiatives. Rojas is actively involved in the Salt Lake City community as an artist, curator, educator, and is a passionate advocate for advancing racial and cultural justice through the arts.

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Virtual Book Talk: Appropriate - A Provocation
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Appropriate – A Provocation by Paisley Rekdal is timely, nuanced work that dissects the thorny debate around cultural appropriation and the literary imagination.

Join us for a compelling discussion with Professor Paisley Rekdal in conversation with Jorge Rojas, a multidisciplinary artist, curator, and educator from Morelos, Mexico.

How do we properly define cultural appropriation, and is it always wrong? If we can write in the voice of another, should we? And if so, what questions do we need to consider first? In Appropriate, creative writing professor Paisley Rekdal addresses a young writer to delineate how the idea of cultural appropriation has evolved—and perhaps calcified—in our political climate. Appropriate presents a generous new framework for one of the most controversial subjects in contemporary literature.

After the talk there will be an opportunity to ask questions. 

Cost: Free for Members; $5 general admission; Free for students (use the code Student)

About the author:

Award-winning author Paisley Rekdal is University of Utah Distinguished Professor of English and Utah's Poet Laureate. Born to a Chinese-American mother and Norwegian father, Rekdal grew up in Seattle and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington. She is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee; a hybrid-genre photo-text entitled Intimate; and six books of poetry, among them Imaginary Vessels, which was a finalist for the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Prize, and Nightingale. Her book, The Broken Country, won the 2016 AWP Nonfiction Prize, and her newest work of nonfiction, Appropriate: A Provocation, was published by W.W. Norton in 2021. Her work has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Foundation, the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship Trust, and various state arts councils. Her poetry has been included in multiple editions of The Best American Poetry series, and she was guest editor for Best American Poetry 2020.

 

woman in dark shirt sitting by a laptop with a painting behind her

About the moderator:

Jorge Rojas is a multidisciplinary artist, curator, and educator from Morelos, Mexico. He studied Art at the University of Utah and at Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Rojas uses performance, visual art, and social engagement to examine cultural, social, and mediated forms of communication. His art and curatorial projects have been exhibited in galleries, museums, and other venues nationally and internationally. From 2015 to 2021, Rojas served as director of learning and engagement at Utah Museum of Fine Arts where he oversaw education, community engagement, and public programming initiatives. Rojas is actively involved in the Salt Lake City community as an artist, curator, educator, and is a passionate advocate for advancing racial and cultural justice through the arts.

man in jeans short and glasses smiling to the camera

 

 

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