Book Release Event: Midnight & Mad Dreams by James Coats

Book Release Event: Midnight & Mad Dreams by James Coats

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Book Release Event for Midnight & Mad Dreams by James Coats

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Join us for the book release event for James Coats' forthcoming release of Midnight & Mad Dreams.

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Saturday, August 13, 2022

Sims Library of Poetry

2702 W. Florence Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90043


About the book:

“In this book’s articulation of love for humanity, we find a joy and freedom that comes from being seen and celebrating our complex magnificent selves.”

-Dr. Natalie J. Graham Orange County Poet Laureate, author of Begin With A Failed Body

James Coats’ captivating new book, Midnight & Mad Dreams, confronts the systems of intersectional oppression that harm marginalized communities. He highlights Black, Indigenous, People of Color authentic experiences with compelling narratives and electrifying imagery. He addresses issues such as racism, sexism, and capitalism prevalent in our present-day society. Yet, he doesn’t leave the reader disenfranchised; he invites them to participate in demanding justice, and striving for more equitable communities. Coats reveals that despite the sorrow we face there is still a place for our liberation and celebration to exist. The collection uses multiple poetic forms including, sestinas, golden shovels, pantoums and more. With powerful but elegant language, Midnight & Mad Dreams is an unforgettable collection for anyone daring enough to believe in a better tomorrow.

Midnight is where I go to disappear

and still get to feel like I’m seen.

A quiet that rests in the atmosphere

as if it knows a truth I have yet to discover.

-“Midnight” excerpt from Midnight & Mad Dreams

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