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Book Talk! AMERICAN SEX TAPE by Jameka Williams

November 18 @ 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

JAMEKA WILLIAMS discusses her most recent book, American Sex Tape


Moving beyond a biting indictment of American popular culture, Jameka Williams captures the reader’s gaze and stares right back: “I’m sorry, America, but I’m rich in baby oil & paperback novels only these days. So finish paying for me with what is mint. No conditions.” In this stunning debut collection, Williams offers a deeply personal investigation into how Americans (herself included) have been duped, buying into classism, sexism, and racist beauty ideals, while sacrificing the freedom of self-love and self-determination. With whip-fast profanity and fiery humor, she charts a tender, exalting, and vibrant path to freedom from mirrors, stages, and screens.

Fiercely feminist, Black, American, and powerful, Williams speaks for a generation of obsessive social media influencers and consumers, revealing the complex ways in which we are all actors, witnesses, and victims in our public and private performances. Though we may be permanent residents of this soulless cultural landscape, this stunning collection refuses to let it define us.


JAMEKA WILLIAMS holds an MFA in poetry from Northwestern University. Her poetry has been published in Prelude Magazine, Muzzle Magazine, and Gulf Coast, among others. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she resides in Chicago, Illinois.

BRYAN BYRDLONG is a Black writer from Chicago, Illinois. He has been published in Guernica Magazine, The Kenyon Review, and Poetry Magazine. He is a graduate of the Helen Zell Writer’s Program at the University of Michigan. He is currently a PhD student in Creative Writing at USC in Los Angeles.


November 18
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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133 North Larchmont Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90004 United States
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