09.10.14 7:30PM @ - Lied Center Main Stage

Award-winning writer, playwright and TED speaker Chris Abani will deliver the 19th annual Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities at 7:30 p.m. this Wednesday, September 10, at the Lied Center for Performing Arts in Lincoln. He will replace Natasha Trethewey, who is unable to give the lecture due to a death in her family.

Born in Nigeria to an Igbo father and English mother, Abani is well known as an international voice on humanitarianism, art, ethics, and our shared political responsibility. His critical and personal essays have been featured in books on art and photography, as well as Witness, Parkett, The New York Times, O Magazine, and Bomb.

Abani is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the PEN/Hemingway Award for “Graceland,” and the PEN Beyond the Margins Award, among many honors. His degrees include an MA in English, Gender and Culture from Birkbeck College, University of London, and a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. He has resided in the United States since 2001.

Abani’s fiction includes “The Secret History of Las Vegas” (Penguin 2014), “Song For Night” (Akashic, 2007), and “The Virgin of Flames” (Penguin, 2007), among other titles. He is also a poet, having published “Sanctificum” (Copper Canyon Press, 2010), “There Are No Names for Red” (Red Hen Press, 2010), “Feed Me The Sun – Collected Long Poems” (Peepal Tree Press, 2010), “Hands Washing Water” (Copper Canyon, 2006), and other titles.

Poet Kwame Dawes, who will moderate questions from the audience immediately following Abani’s Governor’s Lecture, has noted that, “Abani’s line has a sharp precision that turns a scream into a line of memorable lyric music without losing the emotion and force.”

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