Lester K. Spence will be reading from his work “Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics” (punctum 2015). It’s the first book length effort to chart the effects of this transformation on African American communities, in an attempt to revitalize the black political imagination. Rather than asking black men and women to “hustle harder”, Spence criticizes the act of hustling itself as a tactic used to demobilize and disempower the communities most in need of empowerment.
Kim D. Hunter will be reading from “The Official Report on Human Activity” a collection of short fiction that earned him a Kresge Literary Arts Fellowship in 2012 and is forthcoming in 2017 on Wayne State University Press. The stories run the gamut from surreal to the semi-autobiographical and examine collisions of color, class and gender and the politics of media representation.
Please join us July 7, 2016 at 7pm for this exciting and engaging literary event.