Reading and Performance with Anthony Joseph

Monday, May 21, 2007
7 pm, Villa Tillmanns (Waechterstr. 30)

Poet, novelist, and musician Anthony Joseph will read from his book The African Origins of UFOs. The book is a genre-busting novel that blends science fiction, surrealism, mythology and the rhythms of Trinidadian dialect. It uniquely blurs the boundaries between prose and poetry and asks difficult questions about “race,” memory, and the future.

Anthony Joseph was born in Trinidad and has lived in the UK since 1989. He is the author of two poetry collections: Desafinado (1994) and Teragaton (1998). Anthony Joseph is also a lecturer in Creative Writing and has taught at the Universities of Surrey, Roehampton and North London, where he taught Science Fiction writing. He currently lectures in Creative Writing at South Thames College in London.

“I have written since childhood, preoccupied with the magic that words create, and how they can leap from the page. I have been interested in the point at which poetry becomes music. My main influences were the spirit hymns of the Baptist church my grandparents attended, the Calypso and the raw surrealism of the Trinidad carnival.”

ASL hosts the reading in cooperation with Institut fuer Anglistik. We gratefully acknowledge support by the British Council, the American Studies Alumni Association, and Akademisches Begegnungszentrum Leipzig.

The event is free and open to the public.

You can download the official flyer here.