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Kendra DeColo: I Am Not Trying to Hide My Hungers from the World

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A reading featuring Kendra DeColo, Eloisa Amezcua, Adrian Matejka, Erika Meitner & José Olivarez

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About I Am Not Trying to Hide My Hungers from the World:

Punk-rock feminist poems exploring motherhood, pop culture, and resistance with a spirit of defiance, abundance, and irreverent joy

Kendra DeColo reaffirms the action of mothering as heroic, brutal, and hardcore. These poems interrogate patriarchal narratives about childbirth, postpartum healing, and motherhood through the lens of pop culture and the political zeitgeist. With references ranging from Courtney Love to Lana Del Rey to Richard Burton to Nicolas Cage, I Am Not Trying to Hide My Hungers from the World revitalizes the way we look at mothering: pushing its boundaries and reclaiming one's spirit of defiance, abundance, and irreverent joy.

About the readers:

Kendra DeColo is the author of I Am Not Trying to Hide My Hungers From the World (BOA Editions, 2021), My Dinner with Ron Jeremy (Third Man Books, 2016) and Thieves in the Afterlife (Saturnalia Books, 2014), selected by Yusef Komunyakaa for the 2013 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. She is also co-author of Low Budget Movie (Diode, 2021), a collaborative chapbook written with Tyler Mills. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and she has performed her work in comedy clubs and music venues including the Newport Folk Festival. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Eloisa Amezcua is from Arizona. Her debut collection, From the Inside Quietly, is the inaugural winner of the Shelterbelt Poetry Prize selected by Ada Limón. A MacDowell fellow, Eloisa is the founder of Costura Creative. Her second collection of poems, Fighting Is Like a Wife, is forthcoming from Coffee House Press.

Adrian Matejka is the author of The Devil’s Garden (Alice James Books, 2003), Mixology (Penguin, 2009), The Big Smoke (Penguin, 2013), which was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and 2014 Pulitzer Prize in poetry, and Map to the Stars (Penguin 2017). His mixed media collaboration with Nicholas Galanin and Kevin Neireiter inspired by Funkadelic, Standing on the Verge / Maggot Brain, will be published by Third Man Books in 2021. His new collection of poems Somebody Else Sold the World will be published by Penguin in July 2021 and his first graphic novel Last On His Feet is forthcoming from Liveright in 2022.

Erika Meitner is the author of five books of poems, including Holy Moly Carry Me (BOA Editions, 2018), winner of the 2018 National Jewish Book Award and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry. Meitner is currently a professor of English at Virginia Tech. Her sixth book, Useful Junk, is forthcoming from BOA Editions in 2022.

José Olivarez is a writer from Calumet City, IL.

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