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July Westhale Reading + Book Launch w/ TC Tolbert
June 18 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm PDTFree
Here’s an opportunity to pause and reflect while listening to two powerful, rad, queer poets on Thursday, June 18, 6:30pm PT: July Westhale and TC Tolbert.
July’s “stunning” new book of poems, a deliciously subversive collection, is coming out during this revolution, during Pride month, from Kore Press Institute, and it’s called Via Negativa—a term used to describe how you can talk about a thing by talking about what it is not. Proceeds to support the Black community.
Thursday June 18, 6:30pm PT on Zoom & FB Live stream
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“Via Negativa, Westhale’s second poetry collection from Kore Press, deftly weaves the sensual with the spiritual, reckoning with a religious inheritance and a powerful faith in pleasure, engaging in bold lyric conversation with the divine. These deliciously subversive poems range from California fires to church pews with equal parts grace and swagger, always charged with eroticism, rooted in the body, showing us again and again “the wildness of ourselves.” Via Negativa left me breathless.—D I A N A W H I T N EY
*July Westhale* is a poet, translator, and essayist living in Oakland, CA. She is the author of Via Negativa, Trailer Trash (winner of the 2016 Kore Press Book Award), The Cavalcade (Finishing Line Press), Quantifiable Data (Alley Cat Books), and Occasionally Accurate Science (Nomadic Press). Her essays, poems, fiction, and translations are published in numerous journals, magazines, and anthologies. July works as an editor for PULP Magazine, a publication devoted to sexuality and reproductive rights, and is a community educator, working with all ages of students in all types of settings—in after school programs, community colleges, libraries, living rooms, bookstores, fields, etc. Her work focuses on dismantling the inaccessibility of creative writing and bringing it into a contemporary focus as a necessary way for marginalized communities to archive their experiences.
*TC Tolbert* is a genderqueer, feminist poet and teacher committed to social justice. S/he believes in working across communities—building bridges wherever possible. Tolbert earned his MFA in Poetry from the University of Arizona, and teaches in the low residency MFA program at OSU-Cascades and at the University of Arizona. S/he has three chapbooks: spirare (Belladonna, 2012), territories of folding (Kore Press, 2011), and I:Not He:Not I (Pitymilk Press, 2014), and a full-length collection, Gephyromania (Ahsahta Press, 2014).
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