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WHAT WATER KNOWS Launch with Jacqueline Jones LaMon & Special Guests

June 23, 2021 @ 6:00 pm7:00 pm

Join Northwestern University Press for a celebration of Jacqueline Jones LaMon’s WHAT WATER KNOWS!

About this event:

Join Northwestern University Press on Wednesday, June 23 at 7:00 PM Eastern/6:00 PM Central to celebrate the launch of Jacqueline Jones LaMon’s WHAT WATER KNOWS (TriQuarterly Books; June 2021).

SPECIAL GUESTS: Ama Codjoe, Robin Gow, Bettina Judd, and Matt Massaia.

HOSTED BY: Tyehimba Jess

Billy Sanders, Black Sign Language interpreter, will interpret the readings.


• Please register to receive a link to the Zoom event via email. Attendees will also receive a discount code they may use to order a copy of the book.

• This event will be recorded.

• If you have any questions or need assistance, please reach out to Northwestern University Press through the “Contact” link at the bottom of this page.


Jacqueline Jones LaMon delivers a stunning third collection that shows the elements of life that both unite us and create our greatest distances. What Water Knows transports the reader from drought to drowning, from the transatlantic Middle Passage to the breaking of water, from water wielded as a weapon to used as a reward. LaMon offers a labyrinth to understanding how we are all connected—through vibrant, searing images depicting the core of racism, betrayal, addiction, loss, climate change, and the ever-changing world in which we live.

LaMon’s skillful embodiment of character and her signature use of personae invite the reader to experience the unfathomable. Prepare to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Prepare to feel the force of a fire hose on your bare legs. Prepare to experience what happens when greed gets in the way of reason. What Water Knows is a canonical poetic achievement that will remind us of what it means to be human in a world that often forgets.

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