Dreamin of Mama While Trying to Speak Woman in Woke Tongues

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Events & Readings

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Poem City Reading (Virtual Event)
Tuesday, April 20 @ 7 p.m.
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Voices for Resistance (Virtual Event)
Wednesday, May 19 @ 7 p.m. * More details to come
Co-Sponsored by Straw Dog Writers Guild & Forbes Library of
Northampton MA

Eyes Wide Open
Saturday, May 22 @ 3 p.m. (Rain Date: Sunday, May 23)
Outdoor Event with Safe Social Distancing * More details to come
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Featured Reader Event (Virtual Event)
Tuesday, June 1 * More details to come
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Official Book Launch * More details to come
Friday, June 18 * Location: Putney, VT
Hosted by Antidote Books


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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