Author's Forum: Darktown Follies

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Darktown Follies bookcover; Tupelo Press

Event Information

Date & Time
February 21, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery (Room 100)
Location Information
The Author's Forum
Event Type

Amaud Jamaul Johnson reads from Darktown Follies, his daring and surprising new collection of poems that respond to Black Vaudeville, specifically the personal and professional challenges African American variety performers faced in the early twentieth century.

Johnson is fascinated by jokes that aren’t funny — particularly, what it means when humor fails or reveals something unintended about our national character. Darktown Follies is an act of self-sabotage, a poet’s willful attempt at recklessness, abandoning the “good sense” God gave him, as an effort to explore the boundaries and intersections of race and humor.

The Author's Forum is a collaboration between the U-M Institute for the Humanities, University Library, Great Lakes Literary Arts Center, & Ann Arbor Book Festival.


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Host Contact
Jamie Lausch Vander Broek
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Last modified: 02/11/2014