Michael Datcher: Reading from AMERICUS
Featuring guest pianist, John Rangel
presented in partnership with 516 ARTS
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Acclaimed writer Michael Datcher returns to Outpost to read from his new historical novel AMERICUS. Set in East St. Louis (13 miles from Ferguson), AMERICUS interrogates the recurrent intersection of race and violence in the region. Inspired by Egyptian mythology and young America's coming-of-age story, Datcher reveals the lives of rambunctious identical twins Asar and Set Americus. The recent tragic shootings involving African American men have engendered a national conversation about the intersection of race and violence in America. Using story, AMERICUS examines the historical underpinnings of this unsettling relationship. Michael Datcher is author of New York Times Bestseller Raising Fences. He is co-editor of TOUGH LOVE: The Life and Death of Tupac Shakur. Datcher's play SILENCE was commissioned by, and premiered at the Getty Museum. He is co-host of the weekly public affairs news magazine BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE on 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles. His writing is widely anthologized, and he has curated and/or presented his work at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art and The Hammer Museum among others. Datcher is the former Executive Director of The World Stage, a literary and jazz education and performance nonprofit in Los Angeles' Crenshaw District. He is a professor of English at Loyola Marymount University. Santa Fe based jazz pianist John Rangel will be collaborating with Michael Datcher as a part of tonight's reading. This event is part of the public programs for the current exhibition at 516 ARTS, Floyd D. Tunson: Son of Pop, which also addresses this subject.