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Visiting Writer Series:  Hawa Allan

Hawa Allan, author of Insurrection

Cedar Crest College Visiting Writer's Series presents a virtual nonfiction reading with Hawa Allan, author of Insurrection, on Wednesday, March 30 at 7 p.m. on Teams. Connect using the below link!

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Insurrection is a brilliant debut about the paradoxical state of Black citizenship in the United States. It offers insight into the little-known and under-studied 1807 Insurrection Act and its impact today. Elegant and profound, deeply researched, and intensely felt, Insurrection is necessary reading in our reckoning with structural racism, government power, and protest in the United States.

Hawa Allan is an attorney and writer of nonfiction, poetry, and fiction, whose work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Review of Books, Lapham’s Quarterly, and The Baffler, among other publications. She lives and works in New York City. 

"'All of history is happening right now,’ observes Hawa Allan in this beautifully written history of the complex, paradoxical role of the Insurrection Act in American life. Allan’s profoundly moving book exposes the emotional underbelly of slavery’s traumatic legacy on both enslavers and enslaved, and on all the generations since. The affective echo of that moral crisis remains entangled in today’s most urgent conflagrations. In a moment as deeply divided as ours, Allan’s book offers principled and reflective pause.”—Patricia J. Williams author of Giving a Damn

"Eloquently mixing history, autobiography, and philosophy, this powerful account sheds new light on the Black experience in America.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

This event is made possible by Cultural Programming and the Department of History, Literature and Languages.

Past Visiting Writers

Pan-European MFA Alumni
Eduardo C. Corral
Annia Ciezadlo
Xuan Juliana Wang
Bathsheba Monk
Karan Mahajan
Staceyann Chin
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
Mindy Mejia
Peter Streckfus
Heather H. Thomas
Jeffrey Greene
Amit Majmudar
Robert Antoni
Alison Wellford
Jenny Offill
Iggy McGovern
Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
Ru Freeman
Bim Angst
Bathsheba Monk
David Kent
Jean Kwok
Amra Brooks
Peter Chilson
Rachel Hadas
Harry Humes
Jorie Graham
Lee Upton
Lisa Zeidner
Jennifer Gilmore
Ben Winters
Danielle Evans
Mary Jane Nealon
Paul Martin
Ruth Knafo Setton
Billy Collins
Galway Kinnell
Mark Doty
Len Roberts
Edwin Romond
Don LoCicero