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Omotara James

Song of My Softening

Omotara James is a writer, editor, and visual artist. She is the author of the chapbook Daughter Tongue, selected by African Poetry Book Fund, in collaboration with Akashic Books, for the New Generation African Poets Box Set. A two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, James is a recipient of the 92Y Discovery Poetry Prize. She earned her BA from Hofstra University and her MFA from New York University. Her poems have appeared in Poetry magazine, the Paris Review, and elsewhere. She is a fellow of Lambda Literary and Cave Canem Foundation. Born in Britain, she is the daughter of Nigerian and Trinidadian immigrants and currently lives in New York City. Her debut poetry collection is Song of My Softening 

A profound and intersectional text, Song of My Softening is a queer, fat, love song of the interior. Poems study the ever-changing relationship with oneself, while also investigating the relationship that the world and nation has with Black queerness. This book is a window into what perseverance looks like, un-gilded, a mirror for anyone born into a culture outside of their identity, who has survived alienation, violation, depression, and systematized oppression. 

October 24, 6:30 - 7:30pm, Monday

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Omotara James + J. Estanislao Lopez

A profound and intersectional text, Song of My Softening is a queer, fat, love song of the interior. Poems study the ever-changing relationship with oneself, while also investigating the relationship that the world and nation has with Black queerness. This book is a window into what perseverance looks like, un-gilded, a mirror for anyone born into a culture outside of their identity, who has survived alienation, violation, depression, and systematized oppression.

We Borrowed Gentleness is a book of poems interrogating the power structures we inherit and the patriarchal violence that embeds itself in language and cultural memory. However, the book leaves open the question of whether man, men, a father and son, are redeemable. And yet there are poems that find, still, bits of joy and perhaps a shred of hope.

6:30-7:30 p.m., virtual

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