WEDNESDAY, March 27, 2019 | RUSSELL HOUSE | 6:00 P.M.

MARINA BILBIJA in her writing and teaching alike, Marina Bilbija analyzes the role of print culture, more specifically, magazines and newspapers, in the making of black internationalist publics. Her work thus bridges the concerns of African American and Global Anglophone literary studies with those of book history. Bilbija’s current book manuscript, Worlds of Color: Black Print Networks and the Making of the Anglophone World shows how a vibrant culture of citation, advertising, and reprinting between black and anti-racist editors in the UK, US, and Nigeria produced a new black literary and political sphere that she refers to as “the Black Anglosphere.” Her other scholarly interests include interdisciplinarity in the black intellectual tradition (especially in the work of W.E.B. Du Bois), and comparative studies of race and ethnicity. Her work has appeared in the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and Oxford Bibliographies, the South Atlantic Review, and Modern Fiction Studies. 


JOHN MURILLO the son of an African-American father and a Mexican mother, poet and playwright grew up in Los Angeles. He was educated at Howard University and New York University, where he earned an MFA. Murillo makes use of both formal and free verse as he engages themes of family history and personal identity. In a Q&A with the Poetry Society of America, Murillo states, “I write, first of all, in the tradition of the witness.” 
Murillo’s debut poetry collection, Up Jump the Boogie (2010) was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Open Book Award, and was also named one of Huffington Post’s “Ten Recent Books of Poetry You Should Read Right Now.” Murillo’s poetry has also been included in Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of African American Poetry (2013, edited by Charles Henry Rowell). His choreo-play Trigger premiered with the Edgeworks Dance Theater in 2011.
Murillo’s additional honors include two Larry Neal Writers Awards, a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Fine Arts Work Center, the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing, and the New York Times. Murillo lives in Brooklyn. He teaches at Hampshire College and New York University.