White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia

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Kiki Petrosino
Kiki Petrosino

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

145 Ednam Drive Charlottesville, VA

Kiki Petrosino, poet, VFH Residential Fellow, and Associate Professor of English at the University of  Louisville, will introduce poems from her latest book-in-progress.

With White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia Petrosino contemplates what it means to be a mixed-race Virginian in light of the region’s fraught racial history. Inspired by research into her enslaved ancestors’ origins in the Piedmont region, her own identity as a 2001 UVA alumna, and her current residence in Louisville, Kentucky (launching site of the Lewis & Clark expedition), Petrosino’s poems explore the complex intersections between public and private history from Monticello to the Falls of the Ohio.

Free and open to the public. A casual lunch provided.