James Spooner: Visiting Artist Lecture

Join us for a presentation by James Spooner, a graphic novelist, filmmaker and tattoo artist.  His award winning debut graphic novel, The High Desert (Harper) was named “Best of 2022” by Publishers Weekly, The Washington Post and The New York Public Library. The High Desert is the 2023 recipient of the American Library Association's Alex Award. Spooner recently co-edited an anthology of Black punk writers and comic creators entitled, Black Punk Now. The book will be published Oct 31, 2023 with Soft Skull Press. He is also a regular contributor to RazorCake Magazine.  

Spooner directed the seminal documentary Afro-Punk which premiered at national and international film festivals, including Toronto International and The American Black Film Festival. James also co-founded the AfroPunk Festival, which currently boasts audiences in the hundreds of thousands around the world.

Spooner’s work has been recounted in various publications, including NPRThe Los Angeles TimesViceThe Village VoiceThe New Yorker, MTV, NBC News and Variety. He was a recipient of the ReNew Media Rockefeller Grant.

This event is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, the Hilliard Endowment, and the Core Humanities Program.

Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

William J. Raggio Building, 2003
1491-1615 Evans Avenue, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89512, USA