Join award-winning authors Marwa Helal and Roger Reeves for an immersive poetry reading presented by SCAD MOA’s Evans Center for African American Studies. In this latest installment of the Evans Center’s literary series (re)Phrase, Helal and Reeves engage modes of expressions that augment themes — such as racial violence, exile, colonization, and the “ante-body” — explored in current exhibitions.

Helal’s poetics of unrest trace the psychological impacts of migration and complexities of trauma that manifest as autoimmune disease, connecting with motifs in Hayv Kahraman’s exhibition The Touch of Otherness.

Probing the apocalypses and raptures of humanity, Reeves urgently addresses crises of racial violence and climate change. These articulations issue a call and response with Barthélémy Toguo’s exhibition Urban Requiem.


This event is free and open the public. To RSVP, email Joël Díaz at [email protected].

About the authors
Born in Al Mansurah, Egypt, Marwa Helal is the author of Ante body (Nightboat Books, 2022); Invasive species (Nightboat Books, 2019); and the chapbook I AM MADE TO LEAVE I AM MADE TO RETURN (No, Dear, 2017). She received a 2021 Whiting Award and has been honored with fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, NYFA/NYSCA, Poets House, and Cave Canem, among others.

Based in Austin, Texas, Roger Reeves is the author of King Me and the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and a 2015 Whiting Award, among other honors. His work has appeared in Poetry Magazine, The New Yorker, the Paris Review, and elsewhere.

About ‘(re)Phrase’
(re)Phrase celebrates contemporary Black literature through readings and conversations with resonant authors and poets. The series is programmed by SCAD MOA’s Evans Center for African American Studies.


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