Ciona Rouse, a Nashville poet teaching African-American Literary Societies this semester at Sewanee, will read from her poetry at 4:30 PM on Wednesday, April 6, at 4:30 PM in Gailor Auditorium. An award-winning poet, Rouse is also well-known for her electrifying readings.
Ciona Rouse is also on faculty at the Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference, and often collaborates with other poets and artists. In 2017-2018, she served as a resident poet for the Nick Cave: FEAT exhibition at Frist Art Museum, culminating in a poem called “We,” which was named 2018’s “Best Poetry Performance” by Nashville Scene. In 2021, she was a guest co-curator for Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation at Frist Art Museum and Cincinnati Art Museum. She works with legendary saxophonist Jeff Coffin and award-winning composer Jason Shelton to create the annual solstice celebration The Longest Night at Oz Arts. Her poetry was featured on NPR Music in collaboration with musician and poet Adia Victoria and poet Caroline Randall Williams in August 2019. Her chapbook, Vantablack, was the first issued by Third Man Books. Read some of her poems on her website, and come out to hear her.