• Fri. Jan 27th, 2023

By Herald Staff

Award Winning Writer and Poet Courtney Faye Taylor will be discussing and signing copies of her debut book, Concentrate. The event will take place at Joseph Beth Booksellers on Wednesday, December 28 at 7:00pm.

Taylor’s book, Concentrate, was selected by Rachel Eliza Griffiths as the winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize.

Writer Courtney Faye Taylor with a copy of her new book at the book signing. Photo by John Alexander Reese

Concentrate explores the under-told history of the murder of Latasha Harlins―a fifteen-year-old Black girl killed by Korean American shopkeeper, Soon Ja Du, after being falsely accused of shoplifting a bottle of orange juice. Harlins’s murder and the following trial, which resulted in no prison time for Du, were inciting incidents of the 1992 Los Angeles uprising, and came to exemplify the long-fraught relationship between Black and Asian American communities in the United States.

Taylor earned her BA from Agnes Scott College and her MFA from the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program where she received the Hopwood Prize in Poetry. She is also the winner of the 92Y Discovery Prize and an Academy of American Poets Prize.