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Monday
Feb162015

Hooray! A second book is on the way!

 

I'm so pleased to officially announce that my second book, Call Me by My Other Name, will be published in March 2016 by Sibling Rivalry Press, the amazing publisher that put out my second book. I wrote the first poems for Call Me By My Other Name in 2006, while at Bennington College, continued working on them throughout my MFA at Florida State (several poems from the book were finalists for the Ruth Lilly Fellowship), and the book continued to evolve while I finished my doctorate at the University of Utah. The book is so radically different than its initial efforts, but at its heart it centers around how we can form relationships with other humans in a world that wants to do everything it can to prevent us from living our full authentic selves. The book centers around a real queer couple from the late 19th century, and also delves into contemporary debates around gay marriage, and a contemporary relationship's beginnings and endings to investigate questions of desire, loss, gender, and embodiment.

Meg Day recently gave a talk at Columbia College in Chicago featuring the book entitled "'Call Me By My Other Name': ASL poetry, Trans-Embodiment, and Implant Poetics."  In the talk, Day discusses the way that my book's poetic investigation of the 19th century couple's story, is complicated by bodies and the names we give them, but illuminated by the lineated possibility of poetry to include multiple selves at once. Day calls the book an "historical translation and interactive trans* archive that shows poetry's agility in allowing the power of naming to literally trans*late corporal embodiment."  Day also connected my work to Brenda Jo Brueggemann's concept of  "betweenity" of authenticity and said the book is a text rife with possibility for the trans* lens. I'm so eager for 2016 to arrive so I can share Call Me by My Other Name with all of you! I have worked and researched and revised diligently for ten years, and I'm ecstatic the poems will be in the world soon. (You should also snag a copy of Meg's incredible book Last Psalm at Sea Level, published in 2014.)

Call Me by My Other Name was originally part of the same project as the "Mary Sweeney" poems from the "Scent of Shatter" section of my first book, Mysterious Acts by My People.

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