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Lit Fridays Poetry Reading Pittsburgh
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Lit Fridays
May 28 @ 6:00 pm

Lit Fridays is a literary-focused, virtual salon presented by the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, featuring conversations and guest performances on the last Friday of each month at 6:00p EST via Facebook Live and Zoom Webinar. All conversations are moderated by AWAACC Literary Curator, Jessica Lanay.


Josh Aiken
Joshua Aiken is a writer based in New Haven, CT. He is a Cave Canem Fellow, alumnus of the Vermont Studio Center, and winner of the Martin Starkie Prize, whose poetry has been featured in publications such as Assaracus, BOAAT, fog machine, glitterMOB, juked, Local Nomad, Muzzle Magazine, Sixth Finch, TENDER LOIN, and Winter Tangerine. His academic and policy research focuses on race, violence, law, and black resistance, and has been cited in The New York Times. Josh is also the former Researcher-in-Residence at Artspace New Haven for its group exhibition on the New Haven Black Panthers trials. He received Master’s degrees in History and in Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford and is currently a Point Scholar, studying for his J.D./Ph.D. in African-American Studies and History at Yale University.


Malcolm Tariq
Malcolm Tariq is a poet and playwright from Savannah, Georgia, who writes about Blackness, queerness, and the American South. He is the author of Heed the Hollow (Graywolf, 2019), winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and the Georgia Author of the Year Award. A former apprentice at Horizon Theatre Company and a 2020-2021 resident playwright with Liberation Theatre Company, Malcolm has received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Watering Hole, the Social Science Research Council, and Imagining America. He is a graduate of Emory University and holds a PhD in English from the University of Michigan. Malcolm lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he is the Programs and Communications Manager at Cave Canem, a home for Black poetry.


Nicholas Goodly
Nicholas Goodly is a writer and artist living in Atlanta. They are the writing editor of Wussy Magazine, a Cave Canem fellow, author of the Georgia Writer’s Association guest blog Free Verse, and team member of the performing arts platform Fly on a Wall. Nicholas is a finalist for the 2020 Jake Adam York Prize, the runner-up for the 2019 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and recipient of the 2017 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship.