Poet and critic Phillip B. Williams will lecture on the work of Vievee Francis, the recipient of the 2021 Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry, on October 12th; Francis will receive her award and read from her work on Wednesday, October 13th.

Please join the Sewanee Review in celebrating Vievee Francis, recipient of the 2021 Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry.

On Tuesday, Oct. 12th, the poet and critic Phillip B. Williams will present a lecture on Francis’s poetry in Guerry Auditorium at 4:00 p.m. Reception to follow. The following day, Wednesday Oct. 13th, join us as Francis accepts the award and gives a reading from her work at 4:30 p.m. in Convocation Hall. There will be a reception and book signing to follow.

Both events are free and open to the public. Sewanee's mask mandate and social distancing protocols will be in effect.

We hope you will join us in celebrating a poet whose work is a constant reminder--one perhaps more deeply felt in this difficult year—of the vitality found in perseverance, and discovering in that struggle both renewal and possibility.