Michelle Cliff, author of Abeng, No Telephone to Heaven and If I Could Write This in Fire, will give the 15th annual Andrea Carson Coley Lecture, “Everything is Now,” on April 17 at 12:30 p.m. in the Chapel. A reception honoring the Coley family will precede the lecture at 11:30 a.m. in Demosthenian Hall.
Cliff was born in Jamaica and grew up there and in the U.S. She was educated in New York City and at the Warburg Institute at the University of London, where she completed a Ph.D. on the Italian Renaissance. She is the author of novels, short stories (“Bodies of Water”), prose poetry (“The Land of Look Behind” and “Claiming and Identity They Taught Me to Despise”) as well as numerous works of criticism.
Each spring the Coley Lecture brings to campus scholars doing cutting-edge research in lesbian and gay studies. This year’s lecture is sponsored by the Institute for Women’s Studies, the LGBT Resource Center and GLOBES.