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Poets to read from work, Oct. 18

Poets Chris Abani and Linton Kwesi Johnson will read from their work at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

Abani has published several poetry collections, including this year's "Hands Washing Water." He also is the author of several novels; "The Virgin of Flames" is due out in December.

A native of Nigeria, Abani was imprisoned there for his writing. Now an associate professor at the University of California-Riverside, he has received the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship and the PEN Hemingway Book Prize.

Johnson was born in Jamaica and grew up in London. He is widely regarded as the father of "dub poetry," a term he coined to describe the way a number of reggae DJs blended music and verse. He has published several books of poetry and has recorded albums of his poems set to music.

Johnson is known for his political commentary and social criticism. When "Mi Revalueshanary Fren," a collection of his works over three decades, was published by Penguin in 2002, Johnson became one of only two living poets to be published in the Penguin Modern Classics series.

The event is part of the Althea Ward Clark Reading Series sponsored by the Program in Creative Writing.

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