Queer Poetry Reading Group: Our Lady of Perpetual Degeneracy

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The LGBT Library at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center presents the March's discussion of the center's Queer Poetry Reading Group, featuring Our Lady of Perpetual Degeneracy, by Robin Gow.

Our Lady of Perpetual Degeneracy asserts the possibilities for queer/trans sexualities and genders in Catholic saints. These speakers navigate a world of mingling divine and mundane as saints leave their lives in heaven behind and haunt an earthly narrator. Saints act here as figures between human and supernatural—bringing into question other binaries and structures like gender, memory, and family. The collection searches for a new kind of communion of saints and a new, often erotic and sometimes tender, kind of prayer.

Limited free copies of the book are available -- request a copy with your RSVP. If you don't need a free copy, you can buy the book here -- and 10% of your purchase supports free arts programs at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center.

The discussion is facilitated by Jimmy Hamill 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.

Funding has been provided in part by the American Rescue Plan. American Rescue Plan: Humanities Grants for Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

March 15, 2022 at 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center
522 W Maple St
Allentown, PA 18101
United States
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Gabby Hochfeld · · (610) 347-9988 x 200

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