Graphic for Beyond the Book with Artress Bethany White on Saturday, January 14 at 4 pm at Bookmarks.Join us for Beyond the Book, a new Bookmarks Lecture Series, featuring Survivor's Guilt: Essays on Race and American Identity with Artress Bethany White on Saturday, January 14th at 4:00 pm!

In this volume of over a dozen essays, the author--whose awardwinning poetry has appeared in multiple anthologies, collections, and journals--blends autobiography with biting social and political commentary on themes centered on racial trauma, sexuality, gender, and class. --Kirkus Reviews

This is a free event. Each person attending the event must have a registration or book ticket. Registration options:

  • Free registration: Attendance to the book talk
  • Book ticket: Attendance to the book talk and a copy of Survivor's Guilt: Essays on Race and American Identity

Additional books will be available for purchase at the event.

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About the Book

Artress Bethany White has written a beautiful book that shimmers with bravery on every page. In tackling race, she interrogates and informs, startles and prods, and implicates us all--forcing us to see ourselves through multifaceted prisms of American identity. Using personal and familial narratives from her own 'tangled racial threads' as our intimate guide, White helps us understand this traumatized cultural moment by weaving together harsh truths with poetic language and fierce insight. We need this book right now. White shares an astute pedagogy here, one that acknowledges our collective mourning and provides a prescriptive for our collective healing. I want everyone to read this brilliant collection. --Bridgett M. Davis, author of The World According To Fannie Davis: My Mother's Life In The Detroit Numbers

SURVIVOR'S GUILT is an urgent and honest look at one of the most important topics of our time. White is an eloquent storyteller and a deep thinker. She uses her personal life, family history, and teaching experience as a springboard for a wideranging discussion of race in America today. These essays are unflinching yet ultimately hopeful. This is one of the wisest books I have read in a long time.--Sharon Harrigan, author of Playing With Dynamite

About the Author

Artress Bethany White received a 2022 Next Generation Finalist Indie Book Award for her debut essay collection Survivor’s Guilt: Essays on Race and American Identity (New Rivers Press). She is also the recipient of the Trio Award for her poetry collection, My Afmerica (Trio House Press, 2019), and the author of the poetry collection Fast Fat Girls in Pink Hot Pants. Her prose, poetry, and book reviews have appeared in such anthologies and journals as How I Wrote This Poem: 62 Poets on Creativity and Craft (fall 2022), POETRY Magazine, Harvard Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, The Banyan Review, The Hopkins Review, Salamander, Pleiades, Tahoma Review, and Green Mountains Review. White has received fellowships and residencies at the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, The Writer’s Hotel, and the Tupelo Press/MASS MoCA studios. She is associate professor of English at East Stroudsburg University and teaches poetry and nonfiction workshops for Rosemont College Summer Writer’s Retreat in Pennsylvania. She is also nonfiction editor at the Boston-based literary magazine Pangyrus(Courtesy of White's website).

Event date: 
Saturday, January 14, 2023 - 4:00pm
Event address: 
634 W 4TH ST SUITE 110
WINSTON SALEM, NC 27101-2730