Poetry fans! Here’s your chance to catch internationally acclaimed Motswana poet Tjawangwa (TJ) Dema in action.
USC Vision and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative will be presenting a free, live, online event featuring Dema. Dema will be reading from The Careless Seamstress (one of our Notable Books of 2019) and performing spoken word pieces from her career that reflect on life in Botswana, the United States, and England.
The event will take place Thursday, February 25, at 12pm PT. It is co-sponsored by the University of Southern California’s Pan-African Student Association and the Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs.
Dema is an honorary senior research associate in the Department of English at the University of Bristol. She is a poet, arts administrator, and teaching artist whose work has appeared in New Orleans Review, Kalahari Review, Cordite Poetry Review, and elsewhere. Her poems have been translated into Spanish, German, Chinese, and Swedish, reworked by bands into lyrics, used for theatre and dance collaborations, recorded as videos, and dropped from a helicopter over London.