Join us for a special virtual book launch for Brief Black Candles, the new poetry collection from (emeritus King's Books bookseller) Lydia K Valentine! We will be joined in conversation by Tina Ontiveros, bookseller and author of the recent memoir rough house. To join the event online, register here.
"In Brief Black Candles, Lydia Valentine attends, with passionate velocity, to questions of survivability, remembrance and the creative art of living a fully human life, even in contexts and conditions that work against that what-it-could-be. "We wade in these systemic waters," Valentine writes, "trying to have the breath to live..." Through measures of syntax that graph breathing to line breaks, reading becomes a mode of witness. But that's not always enough: "You think you can see. Here, touch me." Haptic, revolutionary and unflinching, this is a powerful debut collection by a poet who does not, and cannot, "in this time-/ in this place-", look away." - Bhanu Kapil
Lydia K. Valentine is a playwright and poet, director and dramaturg, editor and educator. Her proudest accomplishment, though, is being a mom to two caring, creative, and intelligent humans. Through her own writing and the projects to which she contributes under Lyderary Ink, Lydia seeks to amplify the voices of those who are often stifled, ignored, and marginalized in what has been the accepted narrative of the United States. She is currently working on The Virus, a play set in the year 2095 (50 years after the eradication of COVID-19) which explores the legacy of both the pandemic and systemic racism, inequity, and injustice.