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Lowell Lecture

Poetry Days presents Afaa Michael Weaver: Headphones and Speakerphones, Ideas of Voice in Contemporary Poetry

Date & Time

April 6, 2016 at 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.


Boston College - Devlin 101
140 Commonwealth Avenue Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
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Afaa Michael Weaver

Presenting Organization

Boston College


Current Affairs Humanities


James Smith (, 617-552-2203)

Despite the poverty and desperation that surrounded him in the East Baltimore neighborhood where he grew up, Afaa Weaver has forged a life that his sharecropper father perhaps dreamed of for his son. Weaver began writing poetry about love and social justice while studying at the University of Maryland, College Park. By the age of 27, he was publishing consistently in small magazines. His verses, which often presented as dialogue, evolved into writing plays. After receiving an NEA grant, Weaver went on to receive numerous awards, such as the Pew Fellowship in Poetry. His most recent award achievement is the prestigious Kingsley-Tufts Award. Since the early days of getting published, Weaver has authored 12 books of poetry, written numerous essays, and two of his plays have been produced. Weaver is now the Alumnae Professor of English at Simmons College.