Roger Reeves in Conversation with Martha S. Jones

  • August 14, 2023

The author of Dark Days: Fugitive Essays comes to DC on Wed., Aug. 16th, at 7 p.m.!

Roger Reeves in Conversation with Martha S. Jones

Loyalty is so excited to welcome Roger Reeves and Martha S. Jones for an IN-PERSON event celebrating the release of his debut nonfiction, Dark Days! Join us at Loyalty's Petworth store for a wonderful discussion, followed by a meet & greet and book-signing! This event is free to attend but RSVPs are required. **Face masks are required for all attendees in the event space.** Please email [email protected] with any questions.


In his debut work of nonfiction, award-winning poet Roger Reeves finds new meaning in silence, protest, fugitivity, freedom, and ecstasy. Braiding memoir, theory, and criticism, Reeves juxtaposes the images of an opera singer breaking the state-mandated silence curfew by singing out into the streets of Santiago, Chile, and a father teaching his daughter to laugh out loud at the planes dropping bombs on them in Aleppo, Syria. He describes the history of the hush harbor — places where enslaved people could steal away to find silence and court ecstasy, to the side of their impossible conditions. In other essays, Reeves highlights a chapter in Toni Morrison’s Beloved to locate common purpose between Black and Indigenous peoples; he visits the realities of enslaved people on McLeod Plantation, where some of the descendants of those formerly enslaved lived into the 1990s; and he explores his own family history, his learning to read closely through the Pentecostal church tradition, and his passing on of reading as a pleasure, freedom, and solace to his daughter, who is frightened the police will gun them down.

Hosted by Loyalty Bookstores, 843 Upshur St., NW, Washington, DC. Learn more here.

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