Comics and the Fotonovela: A Conversation About Hybridity and Adaptation

October 3, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Poet Yona Harvey and novelist Nelly Rosario will share how poetry and fiction have informed the process of making comics. Together they will discuss crossing / intersecting genres and the thrill of juxtaposing images with text.

Yona Harvey author of the poetry collection, Hemming the Water, also co-wrote with Ta-Nehisi Coates a Marvel origin story for the character Zenzi, who first appeared in Coates' current run of Black Panther. She is an assistant professor in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

Nelly Rosario is author of Song of the Water Saints: A Novel (Pantheon, 2002), winner of a PEN/Open Book Award. She has been a Visiting Scholar at MIT, her alma mater, and presently serves as writer and researcher for the Blacks at MIT History Project. Her current project is a novel, as well as a collaborative fotonovela with desveladas, a writing collective with journalist Macarena Hernández and poet Sheila Maldonado, all winners of a 2016 Creative Capital Artist Award in Literature.

Sponsors: Charles Crow Fund, Aster(ix), CAAPP: Center For African American Poetry & Poetics

Location and Address

Cathedral of Learning
Suite 501
4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260