CAAPP plans conversations around emergency as ‘moment of emergence’

The Center for African American Poetry and Poetics will host a series of events next week under the banner of “Close Reading the Emergency!” as part of its fall Black studies program.

The website for the series of creative conversations quotes Alicia Schmidt Camacho, Yale professor of ethnicity, race and migration: “Disaster requires acts of imagination... emergency can be, and almost always is, a moment of emergence.”

The events, which are all free and open to the public, include:

5 p.m. Oct. 11, virtual: Hanif Abdurraqib, Kimberly Drew and Namwali Serpell in creative conversation. A moderated discussion will follow guided by Steffan Triplett, CAAPP assistant director. Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. Drew (a.k.a. @museummammy) is a writer, curator, and activist with a passion for innovation in art, fashion, and cultural studies. Serpell is a professor of English at Harvard University and author of “The Old Drift.” RSVP:

6 p.m. Oct. 12, Frick Fine Arts auditorium: Interdisciplinary artist Coco Fusco and scholar and visual artist Ashon Crawley in creative conversation, moderated by Fahima Ife, associate professor of critical race and ethnic studies at the University of California Santa Cruz. RSVP:

6 p.m. Oct. 13, virtual: Author Dante Micheaux, Poet and scholar D.C.Marriott and fiber artists Diedrick Brackens in creative conversation. A moderated discussion and Q&A will follow, moderated by Dante Micehaux. RSVP:

6 p.m. Oct. 14, Carnegie Mellon’s Miller Institute for Contemporary Art, 5000 Forbes Ave.: Mendi + Keith Obadike, makers of music, art and literature, will be joining author Torkwase Dyson and painter Ronaldo V. Wilson in creative conversation. RSVP:

Live streaming also will be available for the in-person events. Check the websites for links.