Please join us for the
Barnard Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship
Annual Distinguished Lecture
Featuring Professor Rosamond S. King
Rosamond S. King is a critical and creative writer and artist whose scholarly work focuses on sexuality, performance, and literature in the Caribbean and Africa. Her book Island Bodies: Transgressive Sexualities in the Caribbean Imagination received the 2015 Caribbean Studies Association best book award.
King’s poetry collection Rock | Salt | Stone was recently published by Nightboat Books. Her performance art builds on over 20 years of training in Afro-Caribbean dance, circus arts, butoh, and ballet, and has been curated around the world, in the African Performance Art Biennale (Zimbabwe), the Encuentro Festival (Canada), and Rich Mix (London), as well as at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Poets House, Dixon Place, and Movement Research here in New York City.
King is the creative editor of sx salon, on the Board of Directors of the Organization of Women Writers of Africa, and is an Associate Professor of English at Brooklyn College. She earned her BA in Literature and Linguistics from Cornell University, where she was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, and her MA and PhD in Comparative Literature from New York University.
Her Mellon talk is entitled “Struggle and/in Joy: My Life (in Academia and Art)” and will include a lecture and performance. A reception with light refreshments will follow.