Melissa Febos celebrates the paperback release of Abandon Me, named one of the best books of 2017 by outlets including Esquire, Refinery29, LitHub, BookRiot, Medium, Electric Literature, The Brooklyn Rail, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Largehearted Boy, The Coil and The Cut.
To help celebrate her paperback, Melissa will be joined by a panel of emerging queer writers including:
Jordy Rosenberg is the author of Confessions of the Fox (Random House, June 2018), and an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he teaches eighteenth-century literature and queer/trans theory. He is also the author of a scholarly monograph, Critical Enthusiasm: Capital Accumulation and the Transformation of Religious Passion. He lives in New York City and Northampton, Massachusetts.
Omotara James is a poet and essayist. Her poetry chapbook, Daughter Tongue, was selected by African Poetry Book Fund, in collaboration with Akashic Books, for the 2018 New Generation African Poets Box Set. Her debut full length collection, Mama Wata, is forthcoming in 2018 from Siren Songs, of CCM press. She is a 2017 Lambda Literary Fellow and has been awarded scholarships by Cave Canem and The Home School. Her awards include the Bridging the Gap Award for Emerging Poets and the Nancy P. Schnader Academy of American Poets Award. Her work has appeared in the Poetry Project’s Newsletter, The Recluse, A Public Pool, Winter Tangerine, Cosmonauts Avenue, Arkansas International and elsewhere. Currently, she is an MFA candidate at NYU, guest edits for Luna Luna Magazine and reads poems for Newtown Literary.
T Kira Madden is a writer, photographer, and amateur magician. She is the recipient of fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, and Tin House, and is a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in nonfiction literature from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She serves as the founding Editor-in-chief of No Tokens, and her debut memoir is forthcoming from Bloomsbury in 2019.
Admission is free!