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Queerly Beloved: Trans Experience: A Lyric Reading with Ever Jones, Tennison S Black & Evelyn Berry

05/09/2024 - 7:00pm

Join us as we celebrate queer voices with amazing recent collections from Ever Jones [nightsong], Tennison S Black [Survival Strategies], and Evelyn Berry [Grief Slut] at a special night MC'ed by Sarah A Chavez [Hands That Break and Scar].


Ever Jones is a queer/trans writer, artist & instructor based in Tacoma. Ever’s debut colleciton of essays, TRANSANYTHING, is forthcoming from Curbstone Books in early 2025. Their most recent poetry collection, nightsong, is a transliberatory lyric, earthing & unearthing the body from gender, politics & identity. Ever’s work collapses binaries & resists social constructions, embracing intersections & celebrating and / & / or / both / also / multiple / question / etc. They won the Grand Prize for the Eco Arts Awards in 2014 & was a finalist for’s 2013 poetry contest. Please read an interview about their first collection, Wilderness Lessons here. Their chapbook, Primitive Elegy, was printed by alice blue books. Ever is a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Washington in Tacoma & teaches at Richard Hugo House.  

Tennison S. Black is the managing editor of Sundress Publications and Best of the Net. They received an MFA at Arizona State University, and their work has appeared or is forthcoming in SWWIM, Hotel Amerika, Booth, Wordgathering, and New Mobility, among others. They live in Washington State.

Evelyn Berry is a trans, Southern writer, editor, and educator. She's the author of Grief Slut (Sundress Publications, 2024) and Buggery (Bateau Press, 2020), winner of the BOOM Chapbook Prize. She's a recipient of a 2023 National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, 2022 Dr. Linda Veldheer Memorial Prize, 2019 Broad River Prize for Prose, and 2018 Emrys Poetry Prize, among other honors. Her work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, South Carolina Review, Gigantic Sequins, Raleigh Review, Taco Bell Quarterly, and elsewhere. She lives in Columbia, South Carolina with her partner and their pets, working as a library communications strategist.

Sarah A. Chavez, a mestiza born and raised in the California Central Valley, is the author of the poetry collections, Hands That Break & Scar (Sundress Publications, 2017) and All Day, Talking (dancing girl press, 2014), selections of which were awarded the Susan Atefat Peckham Fellowship. Her work can be found or is forthcoming in the anthologies Xicanx: Mexican American Writers of the 21st Century and Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzalduan Borderlands as well as the journals Pretty Owl Poetry, Atticus Review, Brevity, North American Review, and The Fourth River Tributaries Series, among others. She recently joined the faculty at the University of Washington Tacoma where she teaches creative writing and Latinx/Chicanx-focused courses. She serves as the poetry coordinator for Best of the Net Anthology and is a proud member of the Macondo Writers Workshop.

Event address: 
King's Books
218 St Helens Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402
nightsong By Ever Jones Cover Image
ISBN: 9781951979072
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Published: Sundress Publications - June 29th, 2020

Survival Strategies: Poems (National Poetry) By Tennison S. Black, Adrienne Su (Selected by) Cover Image
By Tennison S. Black, Adrienne Su (Selected by)
ISBN: 9780820365152
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Published: University of Georgia Press - September 15th, 2023

Grief Slut By Evelyn Berry Cover Image
ISBN: 9781951979546
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Published: Sundress Publications - December 18th, 2023

Hands That Break and Scar By Sarah A. Chavez Cover Image
ISBN: 9781939675583
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Published: Sundress Publications - August 15th, 2017