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Common Read: What Noise Against the Cane by Desiree C. Bailey

November 2, 2022: An Evening with Desiree C. Bailey

Inaugural Clemson University Writer-in-Residence Desiree C. Bailey is the author of What Noise Against the Cane (Yale University Press, 2021), which won the 2020 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, was a finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and was longlisted for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and the International Dylan Thomas Prize. She is also the author of the fiction chapbook In Dirt or Saltwater (O'clock Press, 2016) and has short stories and poems published in Best American Poetry, Best New Poets, American Short Fiction, Callaloo, and the Academy of American Poets, among other journals. Desiree is from Trinidad and Tobago, and Queens, New York. For more information about the author, please see

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For more information about the event, please contact: Dr. Maya Hislop or Dr. Maziyar Faridi.

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Students interested in obtaining a free copy of What Noise Against the Cane should email Dr. Maziyar Faridi at or Emily Anne Boyter Hager at

About the guide

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