THACKER MOUNTAIN RADIO HOUR | Derrick Harriell for Come Kingdom

09/22 6:00 PM THACKER MOUNTAIN RADIO HOUR | Derrick Harriell for Come Kingdom
Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 6:00pm

Thursday, September 22nd – Join us for Thacker Mountain Radio Hour at the Powerhouse in Oxford, MS

 Showtime: 6 pm

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Ole Miss faculty member Derrick Harriell and his new collection of poetry Come Kingdom.

Derrick Harriell’s new book, Come Kingdom, chronicles a Black man’s journey toward an ever-elusive American Dream with poems anchored in the trenches of personal crossroads ranging from child conception to substance abuse and racism. The collection follows a male speaker as he and his partner family plan, hoping to provide their son with a sibling. Their troubles burst through in bold poems that incorporate both medical and mental hurdles. At the same time, it pays homage to Black musical icons such as Marvin Gaye, Whitney Houston, Tupac Shakur, and Nipsey Hussle.

With spirited vulnerability and gritty lyricism, Harriell reveals the stakes and hauntings of relentless generational traumas. A tour de force of outcry and courage, Come Kingdom confronts shifting social, political, and musical climates. On a more intimate level, it also follows a couple’s desperate attempts to become parents again.

About the Author

Derrick Harriell is the Ottilie Schillig Associate Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Mississippi. His previous collections of poems include Stripper in Wonderland, Cotton, and Ropes, winner of the 2014 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Book Award.

Air times:

Thursday, September 22nd – 6:00 pm (CT) WUMS – University of Mississippi

Friday, September 30th – 6 am (CT) WYXR 91.7 FM Memphis, TN.

Saturday, October 1st –3 pm (ET) University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

7 pm (CT) Mississippi Public Broadcasting

9 pm (CT) Alabama Public Radio

Event address: 
413 S 14th St
Oxford, MS 38655
Come Kingdom: Poems (Southern Messenger Poets) By Derrick Harriell, Dave Smith (Editor) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807177976
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: LSU Press - August 3rd, 2022