St. Bonaventure University will host poet and filmmaker Shane Book for a film talk and poetry reading at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, in the Robert R. Jones Board of Trustees Room in Doyle Hall. The public is invited. The program, “Congotronic: Film Talk and Poetry Reading,” is being held in association with #RaceMatters, Chatterton’s slam poetry club and The Laurel (campus literary magazine).
Book is the author of two full-length poetry collections and two chapbooks. His first collection, “Ceiling of Sticks” (University of Nebraska Press, 2010), won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize and the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award and was a Poetry Society of America “New American Poet Selection.”
His second collection, “Congotronic” (University of Iowa Press/House of Anansi Press, 2014), is a finalist for the Canadian Authors Association Award, the Ottawa Book Award, the Lampman Award, and the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize. “Congotronic” was a Kuhl House Poets Series Selection and a Poets and Writers Magazine “New and Noteworthy Book of 2014.” Portions of “Congotronic” were shortlisted for the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award and included in “The Best American Experimental Writing 2015.”
Book’s writing has been translated into Italian and Chinese and appears in more than 70 magazines in the U.S., U.K. and Canada. His writing has also been reprinted in more than 20 anthologies.
His short film, “Dust” (2013), was screened at 23 film festivals around the world, including the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, the Santa Cruz Film Festival, and the Hollywood Black Film Festival. “Dust” has also screened at various universities and high schools across North America and on television in Jamaica, Trinidad and the United States. His latest film, “Praise and Blame,” stars Costas Mandylor (The “SAW” movies, “Sex and the City,” “Mobsters,” “The Doors”) and will be released in 2016.
His other honors include numerous fellowships, scholarship, grants and awards.
Book, who has taught at Stanford University, New York University, the University of California Berkeley, the University of Iowa and Temple University, is an assistant professor in the Department of English at Western Kentucky University.
He is at work on two narrative films, a documentary film and a new poetry collection.
Book earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Victoria (Canada), a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Western Ontario (Canada), a master’s in English and American literature from New York University, a master of fine arts in film and media arts from Temple University, a master of fine arts in creative writing from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.
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