Coming Soon to
Coming Soon to
Presented with support from Arizona State University: The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.
After a stint as an editor early in her career, American writer Toni Morrison understood the publishing industry better than the ordinary writer—but she refused to be defined by the establishment. She wrote her books from a vital, underrepresented point of view. Morrison was one of the few who wrote for an African American audience, and she understood the way language could operate as an oppressive or uplifting force—she refused to let her words be marginalized. After years of fighting to be heard, Morrison was awarded a Nobel Prize for her writing, and her novels are now taught in schools around the world.
Through a trove of archival material, evocative works of contemporary art, and interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Angela Davis, and Morrison herself, we revisit her famed books and learn about the inspiration for her writing. Throughout, Morrison is effortlessly graceful, insightful, and candid, making this intimate, comprehensive portrait of her life and works an exploration of what it means to be a writer whose stories are so deeply intertwined with often-unrealized national truths.
The film will be introduced with a tribute to Toni Morrison by Angelita Reyes, Professor Emerita of English and African and African American Studies at Arizona State University. Guests are also invited to join an informal conversation and Q&A in the lounge after the screening.
About Angelita Reyes
Angelita Reyes is a professor in the School of Social Transformation and the Department of English at Arizona State University. An award-winning author, scholar-teacher, and consultant, Reyes is a distinct voice in today's national and global arena of new approaches for social and organizational transformation. Reyes is an affiliate faculty member of women and gender studies and the School for International Letters and Cultures. She is also a Barrett College Honors professor.
About the Center
Established in 2003 with a gift from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University is a non-academic university center dedicated to offering talks, readings, classes, workshops, and other literary events and programs for the larger community. To learn more about who we are and what we do, visit our website at http://piper.asu.edu.