NOTE: This class is now full and we are no longer accepting registrations. Sorry! Please check out our other class offerings, and sign up for our newsletter to be the first to hear about newly added classes. Stay tuned for information on session 2 of the Toni Morrison reader series class featuring Tar Baby, Beloved, and Jazz that begins in May.
A “deep dive” into the fictional oeuvre of the Lorain native and Nobel Prize-winning author that provides participants four weeks of preparation for each session due to the dense nature and intricate artistry of Morrison’s prose. Explore the work of a local hero and one of the greatest writers of all time.
Reader series classes take you on a deep dive into specific topic or author to gain a more advanced understanding of literature and the world. Experienced instructors will provide history, context, and analysis, and guide in-depth discussion that will help make you an instant expert in a single subject or author’s body of work.
Each participant can decide how they choose to engage with the classes. You can read the books ahead of time, read them as the class progresses, or read them after the class has concluded. No matter your level of prior knowledge, you will receive a wealth of materials and insights in a condensed period, like a masterclass or a great course, only right here in Cleveland.
February 15: The Bluest Eye
March 21: Sula
April 18: Song of Solomon
May 16: Tar Baby
June 20: Beloved
July 18: Jazz
August 15: Paradise
September 19: Love
October 17: A Mercy
November 21: Home
December 19: God Help the Child
Michelle R. Smith is a writer, educator, cultural facilitator, and native Clevelander. She is the author of the poetry collections Ariel in Black (2015) and The Vagina Analogues (2020), and the creator of BLAX MUSEUM, an annual performance showcase dedicated to honoring notable black figures in American history and culture. Michelle’s favorite writers include Toni Morrison, Ntozake Shange, Sylvia Plath, Terrance Hayes, and Saeed Jones.