Poetry. African & African American Studies. The third and final volume of Fred Moten's poetic trilogy (including THE FEEL TRIO and The Little Edges), THE SERVICE PORCH is an expansive meditation on black life, love, violence, and the adventure of making art. National Book Award-Finalist, Moten returns here to reinvent some of his earliest poetic visions and strikes up a conversation with many of the most brilliant African American visual artists through a series of epistolary and ekphrastic poems. By turns mournful, tender, ferocious, and heart-breakingly honest, THE SERVICE PORCH is an open letter, a play list, and a hive of prayer and joy.
Fred Moten lives in Los Angeles, where he teaches English at the University of California, Riverside. He is the author of Arkansas (Pressed Wafer, 2000); In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press, 2003); I ran from it but was still in it. (Cusp Books, 2007); HUGHSON'S TAVERN (Leon Works, 2008); B Jenkins (Duke University Press, 2009); THE FEEL TRIO (Letter Machine Editions, 2014); The Little Edges (Wesleyan, 2014); THE SERVICE PORCH (Letter Machine Editions, 2016); and co-author with Stefano Harney of THE UNDERCOMMONS: FUGITIVE PLANNING & BLACK STUDY (Minor Compositions, 2013). Author City: LOS ANGELES, CA USA