Jamel Brinkley | Master Class

Online, Zoom Saturday, April 17, 2021

***This class has sold out. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email megan@apublicspace.org***

Troubling the Voice

In his essay “Cante Moro,” Nathaniel Mackey discusses the idea of duende, which he describes as “a kind of gremlin, a gremlin-like, troubling spirit. One of the things that marks the arrival of duende ... is a sound of trouble in the voice… something beyond technical competence or even technical virtuosity.” In this class we will spend a little time considering the voices of musicians like Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, and Pastora Pavón Cruz, before contemplating the possibilities of troubling narrative voices in fiction.

Jamel Brinkley is the author of A Lucky Man, a finalist for the National Book Award, the Story Prize, the John Leonard Prize, and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, and winner of the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. He lives in Iowa City and teaches at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Course Schedule
Saturday, April 17, 2021
3:00–5:00 p.m. ET
1 session
Online on Zoom

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