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Heavy: An American Memoir


Apr 03 2017


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Hayti Heritage Center

804 Old Fayetteville St, Durham, NC 27701

Heavy - An American Memoir

Heavy: An American Memoir

With Author Kiese Laymon

In Heavy: An American Memoir, Kiese Laymon explores his family’s relationship to sexual violence, food, and language. In the course of the exploration, he finds his mother, his identity as a son, and memories he spent a lifetime concealing. During this event, Laymon will read from his forthcoming memoir and participate in a discussion with the audience and the moderator, Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal. A reception will follow, and The Regulator Bookshop will have copies of Laymon’s previous books, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, and Long Division, available for sale.

This program is presented as a partnership between Duke’s Forum for Scholars and Publics and Scalawag, a Durham-based magazine about politics and culture in the American South.¬†Additional support from the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, the Thompson Writing Program at Duke, and the Duke Language, Arts, and Media Program. ¬†


Kiese Laymon

University of Mississippi

Kiese Laymon is a black southern writer, born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon attended Millsaps College and Jackson State University before graduating from Oberlin College. He earned an MFA in Fiction from Indiana University and is currently a Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of…...

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Mark Anthony Neal

Duke University

Mark Anthony Neal is Professor of African & African American Studies and the founding director of the Center for Arts, Digital Culture and Entrepreneurship (CADCE) at Duke University where he offers courses on Black Masculinity, Popular Culture, and Digital Humanities, including signature courses on Michael Jackson & the Black Performance…...

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