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Shade x TQRS Reading

September 25 at 4:30 PM

Shade Literary Arts and The Quarantine Reading Series are coming together for an intimate virtual poetry reading, celebrating BIPOC and LGBTQ writers in this time of COVID19 and racial justice.

Join poets Fatimah Asghar, Golden, Dujie Tahat, Jesus Valles, and I.S. Jones for this one-night event sponsored by Hugo House and supported by Lambda Literary on September 25 at 7:30 pm EDT/4:30 pm PDT.

Live captioning will be available. Tickets are sliding scale and can be found here.

Email Aurielle Marie if you have any questions: aurielle@elleoftwocities.com

About the Readers

Fatimah Asghar is a poet, filmmaker, educator and performer. In 2011 she created a spoken word poetry group in Bosnia and Herzegovina called REFLEKS while on a Fulbright studying theater in post-genocidal countries. She is a member of the Dark Noise Collective. Her chapbook After came out on Yes Yes Books fall 2015. She is the writer and co-creator of Brown Girls, an Emmy-nominated web series that highlights friendships between women of color and the writer of If They Come For Us (One World, August 2018), a collection of poems that explores the legacy of Partition and orphan-hood. Along with Safia Elhillo, she is the editor of Halal If You Hear Me (Haymarket 2019), an anthology that celebrates Muslim writers who are also women, queer, gender nonconforming and/or trans.

Golden (they/them) is a black gender-nonconforming trans-femme photographer and poet raised in Hampton, VA, currently residing in Boston, MA. Golden is the recipient of a Pink Door Fellowship (2017/2019), an Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Luminaries Fellowship (2019), the Frontier Award for New Poets (2019), and a Pushcart Nomination (wildness, 2019). Their work has been featured on/at the Shade Journal, the Offing, wildness, Button Poetry, Buzzfeed, i-D, Interview Magazine, & elsewhere. Golden holds a BFA in Photography from New York University and is currently a City of Boston Artist-in-Residence.

Dujie Tahat is a Filipino-Jordanian immigrant living in Washington State. They are the author of Here I Am O My God, selected by Fady Joudah for a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship, and Salat, selected by Cornelius Eady as winner of the Tupelo Press Sunken Garden Chapbook Award. With Gabrielle Bates and Luther Hughes, they cohost The Poet Salon podcast.

I.S. Jones is a queer American / Nigerian poet and music journalist. She is a Graduate Fellow with The Watering Hole and holds fellowships from Callaloo, BOAAT Writer’s Retreat, and Brooklyn Poets. She is an editor at 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, freelances for Vinyl Me Please, Complex, Earmilk, NBC News Think and elsewhere. Her works have appeared or are forthcoming in Guernica, Washington Square Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, the Rumpus, the Offing, Shade Literary Arts, and elsewhere. Her work was chosen as a finalist by Khadijah Queen for the 2020 Sublingua Prize for Poetry. She is an MFA candidate in Poetry at UW-Madison as well as the Inaugural 2019-2020 Kemper K. Knapp University Fellowship recipient.