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Queer Poetry Salon with CA Conrad, Raquel Salas Rivera, Cyrée Jarelle Johnson

Date(s): Saturday, September 19, 2020, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Arizona time
Genre and Form(s): Gender, Gender Studies, LGBTQIA, Poetry, Sexuality
Cost: Free

About the Book

Queer Poetry Salon & Equality Arizona are partnering with the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State Univeristy for quarterly readings with a diverse, world-class cast of queer poets. We aim to strengthen & grow queer culture in Arizona by bringing the world's great LGBTQIA2s+ poets to our communities.

Featuring CA Conrad, Raquel Salas Rivera & Cyrée Jarelle Johnson on Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Arizona time on Zoom.

Open to the public and free.

About the Author

CAConrad's latest book JUPITER ALIGNMENT: (Soma)tic Poetry Rituals, is forthcoming from Ignota Books in 2020. The author of 9 books of poetry and essays, While Standing in Line for Death (Wave Books), won a Lambda Book Award. They also received a 2019 Creative Capital grant as well as a Pew Fellowships in the Arts, a Believer Magazine Book Award, and a Gil Ott Book Award. They regularly teach at Columbia University in New York City, and Sandberg Art Institute in Amsterdam.

Photograph of Raquel Salas Rivera

Raquel Salas Rivera (Mayagüez, 1985) is a Puerto Rican poet, translator, and editor. His honors include being named the 2018-19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia and receiving the New Voices Award from Puerto Rico’s Festival de la Palabra. He is the author of five full-length poetry books. His third book, lo terciario/ the tertiary won the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry and was longlisted for the 2018 National Book Award.

Cyrée Jarelle Johnson, a black transmasculine person with medium brown skin, a septum ring, and a nostril ring. He wears a shirt with a very loud print: gold circles surrounded by teal squares. Three buttons go up to the neck of the collarless shirt. His

Cyrée Jarelle Johnson is a poet and librarian from Piscataway, NJ. SLINGSHOT, his first book of poetry, was the winner of the 2020 Lambda Literary Award in Gay Poetry, and is a finalist for a 2020 CLMP Firecracker Award. SLINGSHOT is available now at