Launch of Harvard Advocate's "Possession" Issue

March 1, 2015. 7:00pm.

21 South Street, Cambridge MA.

Event details

The Harvard Advocate’s themed Winter Issue, Possession, will be released in late February 2015.

Inspired by the phenomenon of divine possession in Haitian Vodou, the art, poetry, fiction, and non-­fiction in the issue will broadly explore reciprocal relationships of ownership and control. These include the supernatural, the legal, the colonial, the erotic, the familial, and many other interpretations of possession.

Highlights from the issue include Jamaica Kincaid’s essay “The Breadfruit,” poetry by D.A. Powell, Bill Fuller and Fady Joudah, and paintings from Kara Walker’s new exhibit at Sikkema Jenkins, the first since this summer’s Domino Sugar Factory installation in New York. Possession’s cover, The Crucifixion of the New World, is a painting by noted Haitian artist Frantz Zephirin, whose work explores history, catastrophe, and religious themes.

The issue will be launched with a reading at 7pm on March 1st at the Advocate’s offices on 21 South Street. College students and members of the public are encouraged to attend. The issue launch coincides with the completion of the Advocate’s new website, renovated in anticipation of the magazine’s 150th Anniversary in 2016.

Complete List of Contributors:

Poetry: William Fuller, Fady Joudah, D.A. Powell, J. Camp Brown, Stephen Burt, Lara
Zysman, Robbie Burr Eginton

Fiction: Grant Ginder, Caleb Lewis

Art: Mindy Yi, Alistair Debling, Harry Choi, Frantz Zephirin, Glenn Ligon, Ivan de
Monbrison, Joao Pedro Rodrigues, Kara Walker, Matt Saunders, Sally Scopa, Theo

Features: Caleb Lewis, Faye Yan Zhang, Lily Scherlis, Indiana Seresin, Jamaica Kincaid,
Moeko Fujii, Hilton Als

Interview: Étienne Balibar


The Advocate publishes creative submissions from Harvard College students four times a year, but the winter issue provides students with a unique opportunity to publish their work alongside that of established writers and artists.

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