Lecture Night: Dr. Artress Bethany White
A descendant of the North Carolina Hairston family, one of the largest slaveholding families in the region, Dr. Artress Bethany White writes about history, heritage, and identity in her new essay collection, Survivor's Guilt.
“Over the past decade, I have faced the challenge of raising a transracial family in the South, reckoned with being descended from one of the largest slave-owning families in America, and faced the history of a nineteenth-century ancestor being lynched by the KKK. As I worked to assess these realities, I marveled at how my experiences were echoed in the trauma of a nation under siege from domestic terrorism, gun violence, and racism. In the spirit of healing, I share Survivor’s Guilt: Essays on Race and American Identity with a public searching for answers to America’s complex racial dilemma.” - Dr. White
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Artress Bethany White is a poet, essayist, and literary critic. She is the recipient of the 2018 Trio Award for her poetry collection, My Afmerica (Trio House Press, 2019). Her essay collection, Survivor’s Guilt:Essays on Race and American Identity, is forthcoming from New Rivers Press/Minnesota State University in March 2020.Her prose and poetry have appeared in such journals as Harvard Review, Tupelo Quarterly, The Hopkins Review, Pleiades, Solstice, Poet Lore, Ecotone, and The Account. White has received the Mary Hambidge Distinguished Fellowship from the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts for her nonfiction, The Mona Van Duyn Scholarship in Poetry from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and writing residencies at The Writer’s Hotel and the Tupelo Press/MASS MoCA studios. She teaches poetry and nonfiction workshops for the Rosemont College MFA Program in Pennsylvania. (Author Website: Artressbethanywhite.com).
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Literary Nonfiction. African & African American Studies. 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 multi-faceted prisms of American identity.