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Subject to Change: Poetry and Conversation

Thu, April 15th, 2021
7:30 pm
- 8:45 pm

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Featuring poetry and interviews, Subject to Change collects the work of Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, Christopher Soto, beyza ozer, Cameron Awkward-Rich, and Kay Ulanday Barrett—five poets who are unreservedly transgender. Lauded by 2016-17 U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera as “a culture and power border-smasher & a piercing examination of brilliant, painful, and transcendent Trans consciousness and experience,” this anthology is a testament to the power of trans poets speaking to one another—about family, race, class, disability, religion, and the body. Through a range of trans experiences and poetics, Subject to Change expands the possibilities of what it means to be both trans and a writer in the twenty-first century.

Join us for poetry readings and conversation with four of the poets featured in this 2020 Williams Reads book selection, Subject to Change – Cameron Awkward-Rich, Christopher Soto, beyza ozer & Kay Ulanday Barrett. The conversation will be moderated by the book’s editor, H. Melt. Audience Q&A to follow. Sponsored by Williams Reads, Claiming Williams, the English Department, the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, the Class of 1946 Memorial Fund for World Brotherhood, the Lecture Committee and the Oakley Center for Humanities and Social Sciences.

Williams Reads aims to foster new connections among students, staff, faculty, and community members by exploring diversity through a common reading experience. Developed by the Committee on Diversity and Community (CDC), Williams Reads is an initiative offered as an opportunity for us to explore a book together that will help us to celebrate and deepen our appreciation of diversity. It is a goal of the CDC to select a book that will stimulate community engagement and challenging conversation.

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