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In Urban Contemporary History Month: Poems, Scott Woods interrogates the intersection of identity and society, exposing the frequently imposed and false duality of twenty-first century Black life by a world that prefers its art and people in neat boxes. The poems navigate multiple sides of the issues they raise­—police abuse, idol worship, the definition of Black culture, and the importance of the blues—chipping away at our understanding and acceptance of American life as we know it.

This collection includes extended meditations on juke joint culture, art as a communal projection, and a cento comprised entirely of the first lines of Stephen King stories. Urban Contemporary History Month is a sly collection told with the trademark humor and intellectual nuance Woods is frequently praised for.

Columbus-based Scott Woods is the author of Urban Contemporary History Month, We Over Here Now, and Prince and Little Weird Black Boy Gods. He has been featured in national press, including multiple appearances on National Public Radio. He is a Columbus Foundation 2018 Spirit of Columbus Award recipient and was named the first-ever “Face of Columbus” by Columbus Alive. He is also the co-founder of the Writers’ Block Poetry Night. In 2006, he became the first poet to ever complete a 24-hour solo poetry reading, a feat he bested seven more times without repeating a single poem.

Individual Tickets

Regular: $26.25
Student/Senior: $21
At Door: $26.25

All tickets are non-refundable.

Author's Table Dinner
Interested in having dinner with Scott Woods? Call 614-464-1032 x11 for tickets to the Author's Table Dinner. You will share a great meal with the author, talk about his work in a more intimate setting, and get reserved seating at the event. The price for dinner is $51.25 and includes entry into the event. Click here for more information.

Columbus Arts and Culture Fee

As of July 1, 2019: Included in the total ticket price is a 5% arts and culture fee as required by the City of Columbus (this excludes tickets for events occurring outside the City of Columbus). The arts and culture fee provides public funds to support artists and arts/cultural organizations like Thurber House that educate and engage audiences of all ages. Click here for more information.