Brian G Gilmore reads from come see about me, marvin.
come see about me, marvin is accessible, honest poetry about and for real people. brian g. gilmore seeks to invite the reader into a fantastical dialogue between himself and Marvin Gaye—two black men who were born in the nation’s capital, but moved to the Midwest for professional ambitions. In trying to acclimate himself to a new job in a new place—a place that seems so different from the home he has always known—gilmore looks to Marvin Gaye as an example for how to be. These poems are a means of coping in a strange land.
Brian G Gilmore, is a poet, writer, public interest attorney, and columnist with the Progressive Media Project. He is a Cave Canem Fellow (1997), Kimbilio Fellow (2014), Literature Fellow for the D.C. Commission on Arts and Humanities (1997), Pushcart Prize nominee (2007), and winner of the Maryland State Arts Council's Individual Artist Award (2001 and 2003). Gilmore has been a contributing writer for Ebony-Jet.com, and JazzTimes Magazine. He is the author of four collections of poetry including his most recent release, 'come see about me, marvin' (Wayne State University Press - 2019). His poems and writings are widely published and have appeared in The Progressive, The Washington Post, The Sun Magazine, Sojourners, Jubilat, and many other publications. His 2014 collection, 'We Didn't Know Any Gangsters,' (Cherry Castle LLC), was a 2014 NAACP Image Award nominee and a 2015 Hurston Wright Legacy Award nominee. He teaches law at the Michigan State University, where he lectures and writes on contemporary issues relating to housing and economic inequality.
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