Gulf Coast's 30th Anniversary Party Featuring Danez Smith!

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Gulf Coast's 30th Anniversary Party Featuring Danez Smith! says
Celebrate Gulf Coast's 30th anniversary with refreshments, art, and a performance by award-winning poet Danez Smith, whose serial poem was recently featured in the pages of our winter issue!

Danez will be joined on stage with special guests Deborah (D.E.E.P.) Mouton of the Houston VIP Slam team and Fareena Arefeen, Houston Youth Poet Laureate.

Danez Smith is the author of [insert] boy (2014, YesYes Books), winner of the 2016 Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. Their 2nd collection, Don't Call Us Dead, will be published by Graywolf Press in 2017. They are also the author of two chapbooks, hands on ya knees and black movie, winner of the Button Poetry Prize. Their work has published & featured widely including in Poetry Magazine, Beloit Poetry Journal, Buzzfeed, Blavity, and Ploughshares. They are a 2014 Ruth Lilly - Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, a Cave Canem and VONA alum, and a recipient of a McKnight Foundation Fellowship. Danez is a 2-time Individual World Poetry Slam finalist, placing 2nd in 2014. They edit for The Offing & is a founding member of 2 collectives, Dark Noise and Sad Boy Supper Club. Danez lives in the midwest most of the time.

Danez was featured in American Academy of Poet's Emerging Writers Series by National Book Award Finalist Patricia Smith. Like her, Danez bridges the poetics of the stage to that of the page. Danez's work transcends arbitrary boundaries to present work that is gripping, dismantling of oppression constructs, and striking on the human heart. Often centered around intersections of race, class, sexuality, faith, and social justice, Danez uses rhythm, fierce raw power, and image to re-imagine the world as takes it apart in their work.

This event is co-sponsored by WITS and the UH Creative Writing Department.
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By: Gulf Coast Journal

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