Skip Navigation

Writers on Greenwood: Justin Phillip Reed

Event Date: 
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Helmerich Research Center, OSU-Tulsa
Event Details: 

The 2019 Writers on Greenwood event will feature Justin Phillip Reed, winner of the 2018 National Book Award for Poetry on Thursday, Nov. 14 at Helmerich Reseach Center, Room 157 (OSU-Tulsa)

6:30 p.m. - Writer's Workshop & Craft Talk

Join us for a craft talk for writers with National Book Award-winning poet and essayist Justin Phillip Reed. We'll share insights and conversation about honing your craft, navigating the publishing world, and more! Free and open to all. Helmerich Research Center, Room 157.

7:30 p.m. - Public Reading & Discussion with Justin Phillip Reed & Andrew Belton. Book signing to follow.

Justin Phillip Reed will have a public reading of his poetry beginning at 7:30 pm and a conversation with poetry scholar Dr. Andrew Belton. Fulton Street Books will have books available for purchase and signing. Helmerich Research Center, Room 157.


About Justin Phillip Reed: Justin Phillip Reed is an American poet and essayist. He is the author of Indecency (Coffee House Press), winner of the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry and a finalist for the 2019 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, as well as the chapbook A History of Flamboyance (YesYes Books, 2016). His second full-length collection of poetry, The Malevolent Volume, will be released in Spring 2020. He is the 2019-2021 Fellow in Creative Writing at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics. His work appears in African American Review, Best American Essays, Callaloo, The Kenyon Review, Obsidian, and elsewhere. A three-time high school expellee and an ex-college dropout, he received his BA in creative writing at Tusculum College and his MFA in poetry at Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as Junior Writer-in-Residence. He has received fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation, the Conversation Literary Festival, and the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. Reed was born and raised in South Carolina.

About Andrew Belton: Andrew Belton is Assistant Professor in the Department of English - Oklahoma State University. His book project, “Hip Hop Illiterate: Hermeneutics for the Future of Literary Theory and Criticism,” puts the aesthetic techniques and critical reading practices of the hip hop emcee at the center of a millennial theory of African American literature and cultural criticism. His study places Rakim, Nas, and Lauryn Hill in critical conversation with canonical black writers such as Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Alice Walker.

Writers on Greenwood celebrates writers of color and Indigenous writers and adds to the cultural life of Tulsa in service to the outreach mission of Oklahoma State University. Through craft talks and public readings, Writers on Greenwood engages voices from the community and strives for greater inclusivity in the literary arts.

Activity Type: 
Event Cost: