GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA:

Dreamin of Mama While Trying to Speak Woman in Woke Tongues

Diode Editions June 2021 * Pre-Order

Events & Readings

Most events will be virtual or take place within safe distances adhering to COVID-19 guidelines.  

GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA
Official Book Launch @ Antidote Books

Friday, June 18 * Location: 120 Main Street, Putney, VT
Outdoor Event with Safe Social Distancing
Hosted by Antidote Books

  Northshire Live: A Poetry Reading
w/Shanta Lee Gander and Bianca Stone 
 

Tuesday, June 22 @ 6 p.m. (Virtual Reading)
Hosted by Northshire Bookstore

Poetry + Film Weekend @ Epsilon Spires 
Friday, July 16*Weekend details will be posted
Outdoor Event with Safe Social Distancing
Hosted by Epsilon Spire

More About GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA

What does it mean to move away from the shadow of one’s mother, parents, or family in order to come into being within this world? As collective memory within the Black diaspora has been ruptured, GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA time travels by creating and recapturing memory from a fractured past to survive in the present and envision a future. In her first full-length collection GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA: Dreamin of Mama While Trying to Speak Woman in Woke Tongues, Shanta Lee Gander navigates between formal and vernacular styles to introduce the reader to a myriad of subjects such as scientific facts that link butterflies to female sexuality and vulnerability; whispers of classical Greek myth; H.P. Lovecraft’s fantastical creature, Cthulhu; and the traces of African mythmaking and telling. Beneath the intensity, longing, seeking, wondering, and the ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ voice that sometimes tussles with sadness, there is a movement of sass and a will that refuses to say that it has been broken. Gander leaves a door ajar in this ongoing conversation of the Black female body that walks the spaces of the individual within a collective; the tensions between inherited and hidden narratives; and the present within a history and future that is still being imagined.

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