In collaboration with the Scuderie del Quirinale as part of Infernauti, and coinciding with the exhibition “Inferno” by Jean Clair and the American Academy in Rome:
Hope for All Who Enter: Meditations on Contemporary Mediterranean Migration
Reading in Italian and English
SA Smythe, scholar of the theme of gender and African-American cultures, with a reading of selected poems, in Italian and English, will address the theme of migration and the cultural and social impact that it causes.
Dr. SA Smythe (they / them) is a poet, translator, and assistant professor of Black European Cultural Studies, Contemporary Mediterranean Studies, and Black Trans Poetics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where they research relational aspects of Black belonging beyond borders. They are the editor of Troubling the Grounds: Global Configurations of Blackness, Nativism, and Indigeneity . Also forthcoming monograph is entitled Where Blackness Meets the Sea: On Crisis, Culture, and the Black Mediterranean.
SA Smythe is the author of a collection of poems entitled proclivity, a familiar story of black liberation and migration (between Britain, Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Italy) and trans materialization. Winner of the 2022 Rome Prize, Smythe is currently based between Rome and Tongva Land (Los Angeles).