Please Circulate: Bernadine Evaristo and Jay Bernard – AAS Brown Bag May 2nd 12-1:30PM HART 2215


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Bernadine Evaristo and Jay Bernard – AAS Brown Bag May 2nd 12-1:30PM HART 2215

The UC DAVIS Department of African American and African Studies presents a Brown Bag featuring:


of the Breaking Ground: Black British Writers US Tour*


MAY 2, 2016 HART HALL 2215 12-1:30

Bernardine Evaristo is the award-winning British-Nigerian author of seven books including her latest novel, Mr Loverman, about a septuagenarian Caribbean London man who is “closet homosexual” (2013). Her writing is characterized by experimentation and subverting the myths of various Afro-diasporic and British histories and identities. Her writing also spans verse fiction, poetry, essays, literary criticism for the Guardian and Independent, and verse drama for theatre and BBC radio. She earned her PhD in Creative Writing at Goldmsiths, University of London and she is currently Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London. Her most recent awards are the Triangle Publishing Ferro Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction (USA) and the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize (UK), both for Mr Loverman.

Jay Bernard won the 2004 London Respect Slam and is the recipient of a Foyle Young Poet award (2005). She is from London and has been published in in numerous international journals and magazines. Her first pamphlet Your Sign is Cuckoo, Girl was the Poetry Book Society’s pamphlet choice for summer that year. She was the inaugural 2012 writer-in-residence at the Arts House and National University of Singapore and 2013 City Read young writer in residence at London Metropolitan Archives. Her second book, English Breakfast, appeared in 2013. Jay is also a programmer for BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival and a graphic artist. Her work has appeared on the cover of Wasafiri and in Chroma, Diva and Litro. Jay notes: “I am interested in graphic/public art, film, literature, technology, cyber-feminism, queerness and impending doom(s).”


For Brown Bag information please contact:Elisa White ejowhite

* For information on Breaking Ground: Black British Writers US Tour at the Mondavi Center Tuesday May 3rd at 8PM:

Curated by Speaking Volumes Live Literature Productions, UK


Breaking Ground Brown Bag_Evaristo_Bernard_May2016.pdf