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Pride Month: “Shameless”—Melissa Febos with t’ai freedom ford, Hafizah Geter, Grace Lavery, Jordan Kisner, & Rakesh Satyal

By Housing Works Bookstore & Cafe

‘Shamless’ Part of our Pride Month Programming – Soho Community Events

Now in its eighth year, this annual event presents six queer writers performing readings that celebrate Pride and queer identity in all its variations of love, sex, joy, and community. Hosted by Melissa Febos(Whip Smart; Abandon Me).


t’ai freedom ford

Hafizah Geter

Grace Lavery

Jordan Kisner

Rakesh Satyal

Melissa Febos is the author of the memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010), and the essay collection, Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017), which was a LAMBDA Literary Award finalist, a Publishing Triangle Award finalist, an Indie Next Pick, and was widely named a best book of 2017. Her third book, Girlhood, is forthcoming in 2021 from Bloomsbury. In 2018, Febos was the inaugural winner of the Jeanne Córdova Nonfiction Award from LAMBDA Literary and the recipient of the Sarah Verdone Writing Award from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Barbara Deming Memorial Foundation, The BAU Institute, and Ragdale. Her essays have recently appeared in Tin House, Granta, The Believer, The Sewanee Review, andThe New York Times. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Monmouth University, where she is an associate professor and MFA director.

t’ai freedom ford is a New York City high school English teacher and Cave Canem Fellow. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in The African American Review, Bomb Magazine, Drunken Boat, Electric Literature, Gulf Coast, Kweli, Tin House, Poetry and others. Her work has also been featured in several anthologies including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color. Winner of the 2015 To the Lighthouse Poetry Prize, her first poetry collection, how to get over is available from Red Hen Press. Her second collection, & more black, published by Augury Books, is available wherever fine books by queer Black women are sold. t’ai lives and loves in Brooklyn where she is an editor at No, Dear Magazine.

Born in Zaria, Nigeria, Hafizah Geter‘s poetry and prose have appeared or is forthcoming in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Narrative Magazine, Gulf Coast, Boston Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Longreads, among others. She is an editor for Little A and TOPPLE Books from Amazon Publishing and serves on the poetry committee for the Brooklyn Book Festival.

Jordan Kisner is the author of the forthcoming, THIN PLACES, which will be out from FSG in March of 2020. Her work has appeared in n+1, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, The American Scholar, The Best American Essays 2016, and others. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize. She is the creator of The Bellwether, a teacher of creative writing at Columbia University, and a mentor-editor for the Op-Ed Project.

Grace Lavery is a writer, academic, and Instagram transsexual living in Berkeley, California. Her first book, QUAINT, EXQUISITE: VICTORIAN AESTHETICS AND THE IDEA OF JAPAN, was published this year by Princeton UP, and she has academic essays coming out in Critical Inquiry and Differences soon. She publishes a newsletter entitled THE STAGE MIRROR, which publishes a handful of short essays a week, and publishes a monthly column in Catapult magazine entitled LURID SPECULATIONS, on t4t sexuality and 90s movies.

Rakesh Satyal is the author of the novels Blue Boy and No One Can Pronounce My Name, the former of which is currently in development as a feature film by the actor and comic Nik Dodani. He is also a Senior Editor at Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster. He currently sits on the board of Lambda Literary, the world’s leading organization in support of LGTBQ writers and writing.

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Event Date: Jun 26, 2019
Event Time: 7:00PM
Event Duration: 1.5 hours

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