Remica Bingham-Risher and Teri Ellen Cross Davis for ROOM SWEPT HOME **IN-PERSON**

Loyalty is very excited to welcome Remica Bingham-Risher and Teri Ellen Cross Davis to celebrate Room Swept Home! This event will take place at Loyalty Petworth (843 Upshur Street NW, Washington, DC 20011). **This event is free to attend, but registration is required** You can purchase the book from Loyalty below or in-person during the event! Please email  with any questions.


Intimate and sweeping poetry that examines race and lineage

Room Swept Home serves as a gloriously rendered magnifying glass into all that is held in the line between the private and public, the investigative and generative, the self and those who came before us. In a strange twist of kismet, two of Bingham-Risher's ancestors intersect in Petersburg, Virginia, forty years before she herself is born: her paternal great-great-great grandmother, Minnie Lee Fowlkes, is interviewed for the Works Progress Administration Slave Narratives in Petersburg in 1937, and her maternal grandmother, Mary Knight, is sent to Petersburg in 1941, diagnosed with "water on the brain"--postpartum depression being an ongoing mystery--nine days after birthing her first child. Marrying meticulous archival research with Womanist scholarship and her hallmark lyrical precision, Bingham-Risher's latest collection treads the murky waters of race, lineage, faith, mental health, women's rights, and the violent reckoning that inhabits the discrepancy between lived versus textbook history, asking: What do we inherit when trauma is at the core of our fractured living?


Remica Bingham-Risher, a native of Phoenix, Arizona, is a Cave Canem fellow and Affrilachian Poet. Her work has been published in The New York TimesThe Writer’s ChronicleCallaloo and Essence. She is the author of Conversion (Lotus, 2006) winner of the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award, What We Ask of Flesh (Etruscan, 2013) shortlisted for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and Starlight & Error (Diode, 2017) winner of the Diode Editions Book Award and finalist for the Library of Virginia Book Award. Her next book of poems, Room Swept Home, is forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press in February 2024. Her memoir, Soul Culture: Black Poets, Books and Questions That Grew Me Up, was published by Beacon Press. She is the Director of Quality Enhancement Plan Initiatives at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, where she resides with her husband and children.


Teri Ellen Cross Davis is the author of a more perfect Union, awarded the  2019 Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize and Haint, which won the 2017 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. She is the recipient of the Poetry Society of America's Robert H. Winner Memorial Award and a Maryland  State Arts Council award. Her work has appeared in print, online, and in many journals and anthologies including: Harvard Review, PANK,  Poetry Ireland Review, and Kenyon Review. She is the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series Curator and Poetry Programs manager for the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C.


Please note Loyalty has a zero tolerance policy for harassment or intimidation of any kind during this event. 

Event date: 
Thursday, April 4, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
843 Upshur Street NW
Washington, DC 20011
Room Swept Home (Wesleyan Poetry) By Remica Bingham-Risher Cover Image
ISBN: 9780819500984
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Published: Wesleyan University Press - February 6th, 2024

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