October 11: National Coming Out Day Poetry Reading @the School of Visual Arts' Library West

September 30, 2018


Please join us at this event to show your support for LGBT communities.



Celebrate national coming out day with four prominent, amazingly talented, queer poets.

WHEN: Thursday, October 11, 7:00PM
WHERE: SVA Library West, 133/141 West 21st St.
DIRECTIONS: 1 to 23rd St. C/E to 23rd St. R/W to 23rd St.

CANDACE WILLIAMS is a black queer nerd living a double life. By day, she’s a sixth grade humanities educator and robotics coach. By night and subway ride, she’s a poet. Futureblack, her first full-length manuscript, is a finalist of the 2018 National Poetry Series open competition. In 2018, she released Spells for Black Wizards (The Atlas Review), a winner of the 2017 TAR Chapbook Series. Her work has appeared in the PEN Poetry Series, Tin House Online, Hyperallergic, and Nepantla: An Anthology for Queer Poets of Color (Nightboat Books), among other places.

SARAH SALA'S debut poetry collection, DEVIL'S LAKE, was named a finalist for the 2017 Subito Book Prize, and her poem “Hydrogen” was featured in the “Elements” episode of NPR's hit show Radiolab. She is the founder of O ce Hours Poetry Workshop, which fosters community among POC, LGBTQ+, and women-identified adjunct instructors. Her work appears in Poetry Ireland Review, Atlas Review, and The Stockholm Review of Literature, among others. She is a lecturer of expository writing at New York University. Visit her at sarahsala.com

BAKAR WILSON is a fellow of Cave Canem and an alumnus of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Colgate University Writer’s Conference. He has performed his work at the Bowery Poetry Club, Poetry Project, The Studio Museum of Harlem, and The Asian-American Writer's Workshop among others. His poetry has appeared in The Vanderbilt Review, Stretching Panties, The Brooklyn Rail, and Flicker and Spark: A Contemporary Queer Anthology.

IRENE VILLASEÑOR is a fourth gender Tornatrás Mestizx multidisciplinary artist. She’s pursuing a MFA in Art Writing and Art Criticism at the School of Visual Arts to work on a manuscript about contemporary Indigenous art. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in the Los Angeles Review of Books (September 2018), VIDA: Women in Literary Arts (May 2018), Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color (May 2018), and Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought (Fall 2010).


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