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“Everyday Apocalypses”: Franny Choi, Safia Elhillo, Saeed Jones & Paul Tran
Sunday, November 20 @ 1:00 pm
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States
Franny Choi‘s third book, The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On, reminds us that apocalypse has already come in myriad ways for marginalized peoples, alongside musings on our responsibilities to each other and visions for our collective survival. In Girls That Never Die: Poems, Safia Elhillo reinvents the epic to explore Muslim girlhood and shame, the dangers of being a woman, the violences enacted and imagined against women’s bodies, and ponders what liberation from these threats might look like. Drawing from memoir, fiction, and persona in Alive at the End of the World, Saeed Jones confronts the everyday perils of white supremacy and ushers his readers toward the realization that the end of the world is already here – and the apocalypse is a state of being. All the Flowers Kneeling by Paul Tran investigates intergenerational trauma, sexual violence, and U.S. imperialism in order to radically alter our understanding of freedom, power, and control; yet these poems rediscover and reconfigure the self, and ultimately become an essential testament to the human capacity for resilience, endurance, and love.