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Friday May 11th 7:30 pm
Beauty Is A Verb: Lisa Gill, Kenny Fries, Denise Leto, Natalie Illum, & Mary McGinnis
presented in partnership with the Local Poets Guild and Basement Films
Tonight’s performance showcases poets from Toronto, San Francisco, Washington DC, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque, all of whom have some kind of a “disability.” This will be a night of unique perspectives and a celebration of the newly released Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability, from Cinco Puntos Press in El Paso, which has been named one of ALA’s Notable Books of 2012. Kenny Fries is the author of four books including, The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin’s Theory, which received the Outstanding Book Award from the Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights. Denise Leto is an experimental poet, writer, and editor. She was guest editor for Sinister Wisdom. She moves through the world with dystonia. Natalie E. Illum is the author of Spastic and produced the first-ever National Queer Slam, Capturing Fire. She has Spastic Cerebral Palsy and an excerpt from her memoir will be featured on This American Life. Mary McGinnis has been published in over 65 magazines and anthologies. Blind since birth, she has written with power and humor about the disability experience, wild pears, and the dreams she doesn’t remember. She is the author of Listening to Cactus. This evening’s host, Lisa Gill, will also share her own work. Gill is founder of Local Poets Guild, recipient of an NEA Fellowship, and the author of five books of poetry, including Caput Nili, which tells the story of how she got her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. This show is the kick-off event for (L)INK: THE WRITE DISABILITY which will continue discussions with the authors at the downtown Main Library on Saturday, May 12th.
$15/$10 Outpost Members & Students