In this collection of personal essays and poetry, acclaimed poet and performer Pamela Sneed details her coming of age in New York City during the late 1980s. Funeral Diva captures the impact of AIDS on Black Queer life, and highlights the enduring bonds between the living, the dying, and the dead. Sneed’s poems not only converse with lovers past and present, but also with her literary forebears–like James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Audre Lorde–whose aesthetic and thematic investments she renews for a contemporary American landscape.
Red Hen Press, the Institute for Latino Studies and the Creative Writing Program at the University of Notre Dame present a Notre Dame book launch. Special guests include: Misael Osorio-Conde, Brenda Cárdenas, Urayoán Noel, Maria Melendez Kelson,and Michael Nava.After Rubén unfolds as a decades-long journey in poems and prose, braiding the personal, the political & the historical, interspersing along the way English-language versions & riffs of a Spanish-language master: Rubén Darío. Whether it’s biting portraits of public figures, or nuanced sketches of his father, Francisco Aragón has assembled his most expansive collection to date, evoking his native San Francisco, but also imagining ancestral spaces in Nicaragua. Readers will encounter pieces that splice lines from literary forebearers, a moving elegy to a sibling, a surprising epistle from the grave. In short: a book that is both trajectory & mosaic, complicating the conversation surrounding poetry in the Americas—above all as it relates to Latinx and queer poetics.
We’re so excited to host a reading and chat with Marie Tozier, author of OPEN THE DARK, Erin Coughlin Hollowell, author of EVERY ATOM, Mia Heavener, author of UNDER NUSHAGAK BLUFF, and moderated by Peggy Shumaker! Viewable on Facebook.com/redhenpress, redhen.org, redhenpress.org, youtube.com/redhenpressbeats, or linkedin.com/company/red-hen-pressDon’t forget to pick up copies of these books and all books in our Fall season for 30% off using the code “HenHouseAtHome” here: https://shop.aer.io/red…/cl/HHHome_Fall_Book_Tour/217865
Winner of the 2020 Etel Adnan Poetry Prize, Jessica Abughattas’s Strip is a captivating debut about desire and dispossession and that tireless poetic metaphor–the body. Audacious and clear-eyed, plainspoken and brassy, Abughattas’s poems are songs that break free from confinement as they span the globe from Hollywood to Palestine.
The Elysian Valley Arts Collective is proud to present Reading The River: The Poetry of Lewis MacAdams (1944 – 2020) in partnership with Los Angeles’ renowned literary center Beyond Baroque as part of our bi-annual Frogtown (Virtual) ArtWalk. Join us in celebrating the poetry of MacAdams, who launched the revitalization of the Los Angeles River as a founder of Friends of the Los Angeles Rive