Afaa M. Weaver (Michael S. Weaver) is a distinguished poet and playwright, and the author of nine collections of poetry, including Multitudes (Sarabande Books, 2000), The Ten Lights of God (Bucknell University Press, 2000), and most recently, The Plum Flower Dance: Poems, 1985 to 2005 (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007). This latest collection surveys twenty years of Weaver's published work, beginning with his first book of poems, Water Song (University Press of Virginia, 1985). He received his MFA. (1987) from Brown University. A student of Chinese language and culture, Weaver is the Alumnae Professor of English at Simmons College in Boston, where he is also Director of the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Center.
When: November 9 @ 6 pm
Where: Western History Collection, OU Campus (Monnet Hall, 630 Parrington Oval, Rm 452)
What: Honoree Jeffers will be conducting an interview with Afaa Weaver - "Poetry in Conversation" - followed by Wine and Cheese Reception and a Poetry Reading by Afaa Weaver at 7 pm
Works by Afaa Weaver
Click here to hear a clip of Weaver reading one of his poems - scroll down past the picture and you will see an MP3 file.
Press Release about The Plum Flower Dance
Personal blog of Afaa Weaver
I never inspect the withered assumption of my face's petty dialogue in raindrops, the deceptive spreading of the words oozing from the skin to the edges of water etched on the ground by gravity and wishing. - from "Self-Portrait" by Afaa Weaver