Poetry Book Club chats THE SELECTED WORKS OF AUDRE LORDE
Loyalty’s poetry book club is a space for sharing with each other about heartfelt beauty and the powers of poetry. Our newest book club will be led by bookseller and poet extraordinaires Sybil & Malik! Come with your curiosity and be ready to to have your joy sparked. This month we'll be discussing The Selected Works of Audre Lorde. Attendance is free but you'll need to RSVP via Eventbrite get the login info. Email any questions to email@example.com. Please note the link and password will be sent in your confirmation email from Eventbrite!
ABOUT THE BOOK
A definitive selection of Audre Lorde’s "intelligent, fierce, powerful, sensual, provocative, indelible" (Roxane Gay) prose and poetry, for a new generation of readers.
Self-described "black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet" Audre Lorde is an unforgettable voice in twentieth-century literature, and one of the first to center the experiences of black, queer women. This essential reader showcases her indelible contributions to intersectional feminism, queer theory, and critical race studies in twelve landmark essays and more than sixty poems—selected and introduced by one of our most powerful contemporary voices on race and gender, Roxane Gay.
Among the essays included here are:
- "The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action"
- "The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House"
- "I Am Your Sister"
- Excerpts from the American Book Award–winning A Burst of Light
The poems are drawn from Lorde’s nine volumes, including The Black Unicorn and National Book Award finalist From a Land Where Other People Live. Among them are:
- "A Litany for Survival"
- "Sister Outsider"
- "Making Love to Concrete"
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Audre Lorde (1934-1992) published eleven volumes of poetry and five works of prose. Her constellation of honors includes honorary doctorates from Hunter, Oberlin, and Haverford colleges.
Roxane Gay is the author of five books, including the best-selling Bad Feminist. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
ABOUT THE HOSTS
Sybil Sycamore is a lover of purple, trees, and unlearning. They are a student of their own somatic wisdom. Sybil will always be starting a new project, so feel free to ask them about it!
Malik Thompson is a Black queer man proud to be from DC. Malik writes poetry and essays, you can read his work at Voicemail Poems and Split This Rock. Malik has facilitated workshops for Split This Rock, Moonlit DC, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. You can find Malik's thoughts on literature at his instragram account @negroliterati.
Please note Loyalty has a zero tolerance policy for harassment or intimidation of any kind during this virtual event.