Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 06:30 PM
    virtual event

    Queer Poetry Reading Group: If They Come For Us

    The LGBT Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents the March discussion of the Queer Poetry Reading Group, featuring If They Come For Us by Fatimah Asghar, named one of the top ten books of the year by the New York Public Library and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. This debut collection of poems at once bear anguish, joy, vulnerability, and compassion, while also exploring the many facets of violence: how it persists within us, how it is inherited across generations, and how it manifests itself in our relationships. In experimental forms and language both lyrical and raw, Asghar seamlessly braids together marginalized people’s histories with her own understanding of identity, place, and belonging. Chicago Review of Books calls it "a stunning work of art that tackles place, race, sexuality and violence."

    an aunt teaches me how to tell
    an edible flower
    from a poisonous one.
    just in case, I hear her say, just in case.

    This is a virtual event over zoomAdvance RSVP to sharon@bradburysullivancenter.org is required to receive the zoom link. Limited free copies of the book are available -- request a copy with your RSVP. If you do not need a free copy, books can be purchased at this link, with 10% of your purchase supporting programs at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. The book is available in print, audiobook, or ebook formats.

    This virtual event will include live closed-captioning.

    The discussion is facilitated by Jimmy Hamill and is supported in part by the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium, with generous support provided by a grant to Lafayette College from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

  • Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 06:30 PM
    virtual event

    Queer Memoir Reading Group: Ordinary Girls

    The Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center invites the community to participate in the March discussion of the center's Queer Memoir Reading Group, featuring Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Díaz, "A fierce, unflinching account of ordinary girls leading extraordinary lives" (Poets and Writers). In this searing memoir, Jaquira Díaz writes fiercely and eloquently of her challenging girlhood and triumphant coming of age. While growing up in housing projects in Puerto Rico and Miami Beach, Díaz found herself caught between extremes. As her family split apart and her mother battled schizophrenia, she was supported by the love of her friends. As she longed for a family and home, her life was upended by violence. As she celebrated her Puerto Rican culture, she couldn’t find support for her burgeoning sexual identity. From her own struggles with depression and sexual assault to Puerto Rico’s history of colonialism, every page of Ordinary Girls vibrates with music and lyricism. Díaz writes with raw and refreshing honesty, triumphantly mapping a way out of despair toward love and hope to become her version of the girl she always wanted to be.

    This is a virtual event over zoomAdvance RSVP to sharon@bradburysullivancenter.org is required to receive the zoom link. Limited free copies of the book are available -- request a copy with your RSVP. If you do not need a free copy, books can be purchased at this link, with 10% of your purchase supporting programs at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. The book is available in print and ebook formats.

    The discussion is facilitated by Mary Foltz and is sponsored by Lehigh University's Southside Initiative and Humanities Center. This program is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. 

    Live closed captioning is available at this virtual event.

     

  • Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 06:30 PM
    virtual event

    Queer Poetry Reading Group: When I Grow Up I Want to be a List of Further Possibilities

    The LGBT Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents the April discussion of the Queer Poetry Reading Group, featuring When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen, longlisted for the National Book Award and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in gay poetry. In this ferocious and tender debut Chen Chen investigates inherited forms of love and family—the strained relationship between a mother and son, the cost of necessary goodbyes—all from Asian American, immigrant, and queer perspectives. Holding all accountable, this collection fully embraces the loss, grief, and abundant joy that come with charting one’s own path in identity, life, and love. NPR Books calls it "a deeply serious and moving book about Chinese-American experience, young love, poetry, family, and the family one makes amongst friends."

    To be a cyclone
    of laughter when my parents say

    their new coworker is like that, they can tell
    because he wears pink socks, see, you don’t, so you can’t,

    can’t be one of them. To be the one
    my parents raised me to be

    This is a virtual event over zoomAdvance RSVP to sharon@bradburysullivancenter.org is required to receive the zoom link. Limited free copies of the book are available -- request a copy with your RSVP. If you do not need a free copy, books can be purchased at this link, with 10% of your purchase supporting programs at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. The book is available in print, audiobook, or ebook formats.

    This virtual event will include live closed-captioning.

    The discussion is facilitated by Jimmy Hamill and is supported in part by the Lehigh Valley Engaged Humanities Consortium, with generous support provided by a grant to Lafayette College from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.