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Canisia Lubrin and Marcus Jackson in Conversation

A black-and-white headshot of Black poet Canisia Lubrin on the left and a headshot of Black poet Marcus Jackson on the right.

Immerse yourself in Harold Mendez’s exhibition one way to transform and two and three and the writing of Canisia Lubrin.

The title of Harold Mendez’s exhibition, excerpted from a poem by Canisia Lubrin, emphasizes states of flux. In this artist talk, Lubrin draws on and responds to Mendez’s work, which explores the narratives that shaped the histories of the Americas and reflects on personal familial memories.

After the talk, Lubrin will be joined in conversation by Ohio State Associate Professor and Director of Creative Writing Marcus Jackson. An audience Q&A follows the discussion. (program 75 mins.)

Left to right: Canisia Lubrin, photo: Rachel Eliza Griffiths; Marcus Jackson, courtesy of the artist.

Know before you go

  • Gallery stools, floor cushions, and folding chairs are available for this event.

More about the artist

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Canisia Lubrin is a writer, editor, teacher, and author of three books, including The Dyzgraphxst. Her work has received a 2021 Windham-Campbell Prize, the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, and Griffin Poetry Prize, among others. Lubrin has held fellowships at the Banff Centre, Civitella Ranieri, Literature Colloquium, and several universities. She is an assistant professor and coordinator of the University of Guelph Creative Writing MFA in the School of English & Theatre Studies and poetry editor at McClelland & Stewart/Penguin Random House Canada. Code Noir (Knopf, 2024) is her fiction debut, containing 59 drawings by the acclaimed visual artist Torkwase Dyson.

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Marcus Jackson is a poet and photographer who studied in New York University’s graduate Creative Writing Program and as a Cave Canem fellow. His poems or photographs have appeared in such publications as the American Poetry Review, the New Yorker, and the New York Times Magazine. His second book of poems, entitled Pardon My Heart (Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly Books), was released in 2018. Of Pardon My Heart, Jeff Gordinier for the New York Times writes, “Jackson's collection confirms the arrival of a thrilling new voice in American poetry, one whose writing, on page after page, has the fullness and glow of a jubilee.” Jackson’s forthcoming photography monograph of street portraits is slated for publication in 2024. Jackson lives with his wife and child in Columbus, Ohio, and he teaches in the MFA program at Ohio State. 

Harold Mendez: one way to transform and two and three is organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts and curated by Head of Exhibitions Kelly Kivland. Organizational support for this exhibition is provided by Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles, and PATRON Gallery, Chicago.

American Electric Power Foundation
Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
Big Lots Foundation

Ingram-White Castle Foundation
The Ohio State University Office of Outreach & Engagement
Ohio Arts Council 
Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation

Ohio Department of Development
Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Wexner Family
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Ohio Arts Council
Ohio State’s Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme
The Columbus Foundation
Nationwide Foundation
Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease

Mike and Paige Crane
Axium Packaging
Nancy Kramer
Ohio State Energy Partners
Ohio History Fund/Ohio History Connection 
Larry and Donna James
Bruce and Joy Soll
Jones Day
Alex and Renée Shumate


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Canisia Lubrin and Marcus Jackson in Conversation