It’s somewhat inevitable, when you have more than fifty authors and poets coming to your festival, that sometimes the best-laid plans go awry.
So it goes, as someone once wrote.
We’re sorry to announce that Reginald Dwayne Betts won’t be coming to Unbound after all - he has to be in South Carolina next weekend as he’s writing a profile of Kamala Harris for the New York Times. (As reasons go, we’re not sure this one can really be topped.)
But every cloud, people. We’re delighted to report that Randall Horton, himself an acclaimed poet and the author of a gripping memoir, Hook, has agreed to come in Dwayne’s place at very short notice. Randall will be reading his poetry with Aaron Coleman at 10:00 in the Senior Hall Parlor and participating in the Prison Sentences panel at 1:00 in the Macklanburg Playhouse.
Randall Horton past honors include the Bea Gonzalez Poetry Award, a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Literature, and most recently GLCA New Writers Award for Creative Nonfiction for Hook: A Memoir, published by Augury Books/ Brooklyn Art Press. His previous work include poetry collections: The Definition of Place, The Lingua France of Ninth Street, both with Main Street Rag and Pitch Dark Anarchy (Triquarterly/Northwestern University Press). Horton is an Associate Professor of English at the University of New Haven. He is a member of the experimental performance group Heroes Are Gang Leaders which recently received the 2018 American Book Award in Oral Literature. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, he now resides in New Jersey.