Toi Derricotte: There is too much to say
Former Folger director O.B. Hardison, Jr. established the poetry series in 1968 and his guiding presence helps to sustain our dedication to poetry. Marking the 30th anniversary of his passing, the opening of our 52nd season of poetry features Toi Derricotte reading from her work.
Toi Derricotte brings a fierce tenderness to the page—a lit wattage to the dark secrets we hold because of love or fear or both. Derricotte lets us know there is much to say. She will read from her recent collection of poetry I: New and Selected Poems, published in 2019 and shortlisted for the National Book Award. Her other works include The Undertaker's Daughter, Tender, Captivity, Natural Birth, and The Empress of the Death House. Her literary memoir, The Black Notebooks, won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Non-Fiction and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.