My novel is officially OUT!

When I was a kid, I hung out in my closet. Really. Whitney Houston poster pressed against the wall, radio plugged in so I could listen to my favorite tapes, a pillow to place my head against while my clothes dangled above me. This was my safe space. I had no idea that years later, I would COME OUT of “the” closet. Of course, as queer folk, we come out many times. These announcements don’t necessarily get easier and sometimes the language changes.

As I was writing my novel, “Everything Grows” I wanted to explore this coming our process. Some of us walk out of our closets singing songs in celebration. Some remain, waiting. Some never emerge.

For over ten years, I slowly dripped out the words that are now available to YOU.

I hope this book inspires you to celebrate all the languages and identities and parts that make you you. And remember, the journey of unearthing bits of who you are continues. As you continue.

Celebrate with me on Friday, May 10th at Bluestockings bookstore in NYC at 7pm. It will be an evening of words and music and (hopefully) some discovery.

 

A Celebration of Words! “Everything Grows”

It has been quite a journey, but I am deeply excited to let go of the words I’ve been collecting inside me for ten plus years! Celebrate the release of my novel, “Everything Grows” on Friday, May 10th, at Bluestockings Bookstore in NYC at 7pm.

Bluestockings Bookstore is located at 172 Allen St. in NYC

The evening will include a live mini-musical featuring excerpts from the novel and original songs performed by Hydrogen Junkbox (featuring Aimee Herman, Eric Alter, and David Lawton). Copies of EVERYTHING GROWS will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

EVERYTHING GROWS is an LGBTQ+ Young Adult (age 16 and older) coming-of-age novel in which a teenage girl grapples with the suicide of a classmate and her mother’s depression, while discovering her own gender and sexual identity.

The novel has received extensive pre-publication praise, with BN Teen Blog citing it as one of 12 most anticipated historical YA fiction of 2019, and Autostraddle (the world’s most popular lesbian website) named it one of the “LGBT YA Books to Get Excited for in 2019.” Foreword Reviews raves that EVERYTHING GROWS “will win over the hearts of its young adult audiences,” while Booklist praises it as “sensitive and informative.”

TWO READINGS COMING UP!

I have TWO readings coming up, which I am very excited about.

One will be me talking dirty to you. The other will be me reading new poems which is in the theme of Now, What?

Saturday, September 17th, 2016
Readings from Me and My Boi: Queer Erotic Stories (edited by Sacchi Green for Cleis Press)
@ Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen St. / NYC
7-9:30pm
Also featuring: Annabeth Leong, Anna Watson, Gigi Frost, Dena Hankins, and editor Sacchi Green.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1799286123618514/

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Sunday, September 25th, 2016
Big Words, Etc. reading series
@ Wendy’s Subway
379 Bushwick Ave / Brooklyn
6-8pm

Also featuring: Rina Deshpande, Katie Rainey, Cooper Wilhelm, Danielle Gregori, and Sonia Jaffe Robbins

I hope to see you there!!!

TONIGHT! A Very Special Poetically Charged Reading

great weather for MEDIA presents a sizzling evening of poetry and prose by Aimee Herman, Jane Ormerod, and Chavisa Woods at Bluestockings Bookstore located at 172 Allen Street in NYC @ 7pm.

There will be books for sale and words slung at you in all directions!

This is a FREE event!

Aimee Herman is a Brooklyn-based poet looking to disembowel the architecture of gender and what it means to queer the body. Find Aimee’s poems in The Outrider Review, nin journal, Wild Gender, Nerve Lantern, Lavender Review, EDUCE, Sous Les Paves, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books), in the full-length collection, to go without blinking (BlazeVOX books), the recent chapbook, rooted, (Dancing Girl Press), and the recent full-length book of poems, meant to wake up feeling (great weather for MEDIA). Aimee is an adjunct professor at Bronx Community College as well as a faculty member with Poetry Teachers NYC, creating affordable creative writing workshops for those in search of a space to imagine. In addition, Aimee has been featured at Dixon Place’s Hot! Festival, The Fresh Fruit Festival, HOWL fest, and the Dumbo Arts Festival.

Jane Ormerod is the author of the full-length poetry collections, Welcome to the Museum of Cattle(Three Rooms Press, 2012), Recreational Vehicles on Fire (Three Rooms Press, 2009), the chapbook 11 Films (Modern Metrics/EXOT Books, 2008), and the spoken word CD Nashville Invades Manhattan. Jane’s work also appears in numerous US and international anthologies and journals including Have a Nice NYC (Three Rooms Press, 2012), Maintenant, Marsh Hawk Press Review, The Nervous Breakdown, Ambush Review, Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts, AND / OR, and Waymark. She is a founding editor at great weather for MEDIA.

Chavisa Woods is the author of two books of fiction, The Albino Album (Seven Stories Press, distributed by Random House, 2013) and Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind (Fly by Night Press, 2009). Chavisa was the recipient of the 2013 Cobalt Prize for fiction and was a finalist (second nomination) for the 2013 Lambda Literary Award for fiction. She has appeared as a featured author at such notable venues as The Whitney Museum of American Art, City Lights Bookstore, Town Hall Seattle, The Brecht Forum, The Cervantes Institute, and St. Mark’s Poetry Project. Her writing has appeared in such publications as The Evergreen Review, New York Quarterly, The Brooklyn Rail, Cleaver Magazine, and Jadaliyya. Chavisa was the recipient of the 2009 Jerome Foundation award for emerging authors, and is currently completing her third work of full-length fiction. great weather for MEDIA thanks Chavisa for her hard work as our 2015 guest prose editor.

Hope to see you there!

a celebration of body found in text

Tonight, I am pleased to peel open this book of poetics, prose and photographic language and celebrate The Body Electric anthology at one of my favorite NYC bookshops: Bluestockings.

Join some of the contributors, Salita Bryant, Ryan Austin, Scott Bentley, Craig Scott and I as we read from this wonderful new anthology.

Bluestockings Bookstore is located at 172 Allen St.

The reading begins at 7pm and there will be a special discount code given for those to purchase books online.

Reading @ Bluestockings Bookstore

Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen St. NYC

Tuesday, April 10th @ 7PM –FREE

An experimental reading from to go without blinking (BlazeVOX books)
With Puma Perl and Jackie Sheeler

Tonight, queer performance poet Aimee Herman celebrates the release of her full length book of poetry, “to go without blinking.” Join Herman and dynamos Puma Pearl and Jackie Sheeler for a night of ferocious renegades and poetic erotica.

172 Allen St. NYC