Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley, 42nd Annual ODU Literary Festival

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Featured Participant

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University Theatre

Author/Artist Bio

Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley is not the Ben Kingsley best known for his Academy Award-winning role as Mahatma Gandhi. This Ben is a touch less famous, and has not acted since his third-grade debut as the undertaker in “Music Man.” Affrilachian author and Kundiman alum, Kingsley belongs to the Onondaga Nation of Indigenous Americans in New York. His first collection, Not Your Mama’s Melting Pot, was selected by Bob Hicok. His forthcoming collection is Dēmos (Milkweed Editions, 2020). Peep his recent work in the anthologies Best New Poets 2017 (ed. Natalie Diaz), Native Voices: Indigenous Poetry from North America, and Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, as well as the journals American Indian Culture and Research, Boston Review, The Georgia Review, jubilat, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Oxford American, and Tin House.


Kingsley read from Colonize Me on Thursday, October 10, at 2:30 p.m. in the University Theatre. Kent Wascom also read at this event.


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