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Further developing previous investigations into poetics, politics, and pedagogy at CUNY and beyond, Lost & Found Series VII graduate student editors will share their experiences in the archive researching Audre Lorde, June Jordan, Toni Cade Bambara, Jack Forbes, and the letters of Paul Blackburn and Julio Cortázar. This series brings together their visionary teaching materials and transformative institutional critique back into circulation, helping to position ongoing work in and out of the classroom in relation to larger literary, political, and educational movements. The correspondence between Paul Blackburn and Julio Cortázar connects such thinking to a global community of writers and thinkers, while also paying tribute to Gregory Rabassa, Cortázar’s translator and beloved CUNY professor. 

This series includes: Audre Lorde’s teaching materials at CUNY and an excerpt from her unpublished novel, Deotha; Toni Cade Bambara’s memoirs and pedagogical texts; June Jordan’s essays, speeches, and reports about housing struggles, early childhood education, and teaching at CUNY; Jack Forbes’ autobiographical poems and development of Native American and Indigenous Studies; and the letters between New York based poet and translator Paul Blackburn and Paris based novelist, translator, and Argentinian exile Julio Cortázar. The readings and presentations will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

Copies of the Series VII will be available at the event!

Sponsored by Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative.

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