Journeys of Identity in Poetry & Music

January 7, 2022 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Hermitage Artist Retreat Beach
6660 Manasota Key Road
Florida 34223

Journeys of Identity in Poetry & Music with Hermitage Fellows Chet’la Sebree and Wang Lu

Friday, January 7, 5pm

The Hermitage Beach (entrance at 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood, Florida 34223)

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Registration is required. $5 per person.

Winner of the James Laughlin Award from The Academy of American Poets, Chet’la Sebree’s poetry is unflinchingly personal and remarkably beautiful. Wang Lu, pianist and composer, adds her cosmopolitan and stylistically wide-ranging perspective, which earned her the Berlin Prize in 2019 as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship. Come see what happens when these incredible artists sit side-by-side to share their latest works.

Chet’la Sebree, a Hermitage Fellow and Director of the Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts at Bucknell University, is the author of the poetry collection Mistress (2019), winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize, and the lyric meditation Field Study (2021), for which she won the James Laughlin Award. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from American University and fellowships from the Delaware Division of the Arts, Hedgebrook, The MacDowell Colony, the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, the Stadler Center, the Vermont Studio Center, and Yaddo. Her work has appeared in several journals, including The Kenyon Review, Pleiades, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, and Guernica.

Composer, pianist, and Hermitage Fellow Wang Lu writes music that reflects a very natural identification with influences from urban environmental sounds, linguistic intonation and contours, traditional Chinese music, and freely improvised traditions, through the prism of contemporary instrumental techniques and new sonic possibilities. She is currently the David S. Josephson Assistant Professor of Music at Brown University. Wang Lu’s works have been performed internationally, by ensembles including the Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Alarm Will Sound, Minnesota Orchestra, and International Contemporary Ensemble, among others. Wang Lu received the Berlin Prize in Music Composition (2019) and was a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow. Her portrait albums Urban Inventory (2018) and An Atlas of Time (2020) were released to critical acclaim.