QCA’s LAB presents “Talking to Bones,” a poetry reading by David Mills. Mills is working on a chapbook of poems about the African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan and would like the audience to gain an understanding of the interrelationship between the economies and slavery of the American North and South. Attendees will have an opportunity to provide feedback on Mills’ work and ask questions about his inspiration and creative process.
Wednesday, May 24th, 6:30pm
Queens Council on the Arts
37-11 35th Ave, Entrance on 37th St
Astoria, NY 11101
ABOUT THE ARTIST
David Mills is the author of two books of poetry The Dream Detective (a small-press besteller) and The Sudden Country (a book-prize finalist). His work has appeared in Ploughshares, Jubilat, Fence, Callaloo, The Pedestal Magazine and Brooklyn Rail to name a few. He has received fellowships from Breadloaf, New York Foundation for the Arts, ArtsLink (a grant which took him to Poland to write poems and collaborate with Polish visual artists on the Holocaust) and PALF(Pan-African Literary Forum) where he won a fellowship to participate in a literary conference in Accra, Ghana. He received a new works grant from the Queens Council of the Arts to write a series of poems about New York’s African Burial Ground. His poetry has been displayed at the Venice Biennale and Germany’s Documenta exhibition. He has an MA in creative writing from New York University, where he was a Henry James Fellow and an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College where he was a Holden Fellow. He has recorded his poetry on RCA records and had plays commissioned and produced by Julliard and Urban Stages Theater. He also wrote the narration for Giullara de Piazza’s Tarantella production. He was commissioned to write an ekphrastic project for the installation exhibition Stalwart at the African-American Museum of Philadelphia as well as writing the audio tour for the national exhibition “Reflections in Black—100 Years of Black Photography,” (curated by Macarthur Genius-award-winner Deborah Willis) which showed at the Whitney, Getty West and the Dallas Museum.