Stacy Parker Le Melle, Wendy Walters, and I are excited to announce the launch of First Person Plural, a new reading series in Harlem. Our series premiere features Margo Jefferson, Pulitzer Prize winning cultural critic, Sam Lipsyte, celebrated novelist, and Mendi+Keith Obadike, the mixed-media arts collective. We're asking readers in the series to read something in First Person Plural, or a collective voice, as well as from other recent work. The reading series will be quarterly at Shrine world music venue in Harlem.
Why the First Person Plural?
"We" in literature is strange, it makes a claim that might make us uncomfortable: who is this "we," how can a plural voice speak, think, or act? In some contexts the implications of "we" might be cultural or political, in others, they might be spookier, more existential. "We" is the limbic brain and the neighborhood, the family tree and the Gallup poll. "We" could be the voice of the future, the populated past, or the unparsed present. "We" seems impossible, like it's just a second away from disappearing into an "I" or a "they." And impossible seems like a good place to start.
In February 2012 The Aviary published Amy's interview with Margo Jefferson in celebration of the launch of FPP.
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