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Poetry reading: ‘Queers Like Me’
UPDATE: This event has been moved to the Gathering Space in the John E. Robbins Library.
Poet Michael V. Smith will host a public poetry reading from his volume “Queers Like Me” on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 3:30 p.m.
Confessional and immersive, Smith’s latest collection is a broad tapestry that explores growing up queer and working class, then growing into an urban queer life.
In these poems, we are immersed in the world of a young Smith as he shares the awkward dinners, the funerals, and the uncertainty of navigating fraught dynamics, bringing us into these most intimate moments of family life while outrunning deep grief. Smith moves from first home to first queer experiences: teenage crushes, video cameras, post-club hookups, fears and terrors, closeted lovers, and daydreams of confronting your childhood bully.
‘Queers Like Me’ is an enveloping book—a meditation on family complexity and a celebration of personal insight.
The reading is supported by Gender and Women’s Studies, with the Margaret Laurence Endowment Fund, and the English, Drama, and Creative Writing Literary Exchange.
Light refreshments will be provided.
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