Poetry Book Club chats MUTINY
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 Mutiny by Phillip B. Williams. Attendance is free but you'll need to RSVP via Eventbrite get the login info. Email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note the link and password will be sent in your confirmation email from Eventbrite!
ABOUT THE BOOK
From the critically acclaimed author of Thief in the Interior who writes with “a lucid, unmitigated humanity” (Boston Review), a startling new collection about revolt and renewal
Mutiny: a rebellion, a subversion, an onslaught. In poems that rebuke classical mythos and western canonical figures, and embrace Afro-Diasporan folk and spiritual imagery, Phillip B. Williams conjures the hell of being erased, exploited, and ill-imagined and then, through a force and generosity of vision, propels himself into life, selfhood, and a path forward. Intimate, candid, bold, and sonically mesmerizing, Mutiny addresses loneliness, desire, doubt, memory, and the borderline between beauty and tragedy. With a ferocity that belies the tenderness and vulnerability at the heart of this remarkable collection, Williams honors the transformative power of anger, and the clarity that comes from allowing that anger to burn clean.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Phillip B. Williams is from Chicago, IL and author of the book Thief in the Interior (Alice James, 2016). A recipient of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, Lambda Literary Award, and Whiting Award, he has also received fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. He currently teaches at Bennington College and the Randolph College low-residency MFA.
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.