Poet Roger Bonair-Agard, winner of the Society of Midland Authors Award for his 2013 book Bury My Clothes, will speak Tuesday, April 14, at the Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave., 22nd floor, Chicago. He will speak at 7 p.m. A social hour, with complimentary snacks and a cash bar, begins at 6 p.m. The Society of Midland Authors program is free and open to the public. No advance registration is required.
Bonair-Agard was born in Trinidad and Tobago and moved to the United States in 1987. His collections of poetry include Tarnish and Masquerade (2006); Gully (2010); and Bury My Clothes (2013), which was also a long-list finalist for a National Book Award. He is a two-time National Poetry Slam champion and has appeared on programs such as HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and the PBS NewsHour.
A Cave Canem fellow, Bonair-Agard performs his work and leads workshops internationally. He is writer-in-residence with Vision Into Art and poet-in-residence with Young Chicago Authors. He is the co-founder and artistic director of the louderARTS Project and teaches poetry at the Cook County Temporary Juvenile Detention Facility in Chicago.
Here’s a video of Bonair-Agard accepting the Society of Midland Authors Award and reading a poem last year. (Note: His poem includes a racial epithet.)