Maracuya Peach #2: Hard Aguacate Baby Queer Poems
Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

Maracuya Peach #2: Hard Aguacate Baby Queer Poems

HARD AGUACATE, the second installment of MARACUYÁ PEACH presented at PEN America's Lit Crawl NYC, will be a reading of work from when we were baby queer poets, crawling around in language. Readers will engage childhood, first queer feelings, and vintage poems perhaps unread or unseen for years.

This event's featured readers will be Emanuel Xavier and Cyree Jarelle Johnson!

* Event location and specific time to be announced *

Maracuyá-Peach was one of the popsicle flavors dreamed by poet Ximena Izquierdo Ugaz’s father after waking from a coma. From this imagined combination comes a juicy new poetry series created by Ximena Alejandra Izquierdo Ugaz and Danilo Machado.

Organized collaboratively in venues around Brooklyn, the series is by and for queer and trans poets of color working across media, languages, and diasporas—embracing the bilingual, the fruity, and the sticky.

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Four Way Books & Nightboat Books Reading
Sep
18
7:00 PM19:00

Four Way Books & Nightboat Books Reading

  • McNally Jackson Books -- Williamsburg (map)
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Join Four Way Books and Nightboat Books for an evening of poetry! There will be readings by the amazing poets Julia Guez (In an Invisible Glass Case Which Is Also a Frame, Four Way Books, September 2019), Marwa Helal (Invasive species, Nightboat Books, January 2019), Cyrée Jarelle Johnson (Slingshot, Nightboat Books, September 2019), Fred Schmalz (Action in the Orchards, Nightboat Books, April 2019), and Maya Phillips (Erou, Four Way Books, September 2019). Books will be available for sale. We hope to see you there!

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SLINGSHOT BOOK LAUNCH!!!
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

SLINGSHOT BOOK LAUNCH!!!

  • Bluestockings Bookstore Cafe & Activist Center (map)
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Join us for the official NYC book launch for Cyrée Jarelle Johnson’s debut SLINGSHOT! We will gather for dazzling readings by Cyrée Jarelle Johnson, Jimena Lucero, Naomi Extra, & Kay Ulanday Barrett followed by a reception & book signings by Cyrée. About the book: SLINGSHOT questions the value of manhood, the price of sex, and the possibility of liberation.

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Split This Rock! sick and disabled realities
Apr
20
3:30 PM15:30

Split This Rock! sick and disabled realities

Sick/Disabled Realities: Striving Poetics of Ache, Interdependence & Survival (Panel)
Presenters: Kay Ulanday Barrett, Cyree Jarelle Johnson, Tyler Vile
National Housing Center Room A

This panel offers a scope of poetic perspectives to engage Sickness, Disability, Chronic Pain, and Mental & Cognitive Disabilities. Disability Justice Collective states: "When we speak of disability, we are celebrating the brilliance and vitality of our imperfect bodies and minds." With this as our guide, we realize ableism is insipid in the U.S. Inaccessibility, heightened violence on Black, Brown, Trans, and Femme bodies, erasure from public space, and the onslaught of threats against our lives including the Trumpcare Bill. All of these demonstrate that our work is even more necessary. We address these and other questions: How does Disability & Chronic Illness inform a poetry process in theory, craft, action, and existence? What ways do we respond to ableism in literary and performance spaces? How do we create poems and art when encumbered with outdated, rigid, and systemic understandings of labor and productivity? What happens when our experiences are no longer sources of inspiration but of self-determination? This session hopes to magnify and celebrate diverse Sick, Spoonie, Mad, and Crazy creation in its plethora of lineage and current practice. We identify poetics as a disabled and justice-based practice to emphasize various Queer, Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, Black, Brown, Femme embodiments. Let's uplift non-normative bodies and spirits together!

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