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Book Launch: Luxury, Blue Lace by S. Brook Corfman

Luxury, Blue Lace by S. Brook Corfman

Come celebrate the launch of S. Brook Corfman's debut book of poems Luxury, Blue Lace on its official publication day 3/7! With special guests Lucia LoTempio & Dawn Lundy Martin. (Reading starts at 8:30; event in the upstairs ballroom. Event photo & the book's cover image by Sarah Walko!)

Richard Siken chose Luxury, Blue Lace for the 2018 Autumn House Rising Writer Prize, writing: "Expansive, generous, deeply considered, and highly lyric, this book, with its transformations and overlaps, astounds." Publishers Weekly gave it a starred review and wrote: "Relying on abstraction and the unspoken, Corfman shapes a story of unique gender experience and transformation in this extraordinary debut...a work of rare beauty and thoughtfulness." (Read more about LBL or order it here:


Lucia LoTempio is the author of Hot with the Bad Things (Alice James Books 2020). You can find her poems in Passages North, TYPO, Sixth Finch, Quarterly West, as part of the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-day series, and elsewhere. Co-authored with Suzannah Russ Spaar, her chapbook Undone in Scarlet is forthcoming from Tammy in 2019. Lucia currently works as a program manager at the Pittsburgh nonprofit City of Asylum.

Dawn Lundy Martin is a poet, essayist, and conceptual-video artist. She is the author of four books of poems: Good Stock Strange Blood (Coffee House, 2017); Life in a Box is a Pretty Life (Nightboat Books, 2015); which won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry; DISCIPLINE (Nightboat Books, 2011); A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering (University of Georgia Press, 2007); and three limited edition chapbooks. Most recently, she co-edited with Erica Hunt an anthology, Letters to the Future: BLACK WOMEN / Radical WRITING (Kore Press, 2018). Her nonfiction can be found in The New Yorker, Harper's, n+1, and elsewhere. Martin is a Professor of English in the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh and Director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics. She is also the recipient of a 2018 NEA Grant in Creative Writing.

In addition to Luxury, Blue Lace, S. Brook Corfman is the author of the letterpress chapbook Meteorites (DoubleCross Press) and the digital collection of performance pieces The Anima (GaussPDF).

Earlier Event: April 24
Pretty Owl Poetry Reading
Later Event: July 16
Hemingway's Summer Poetry Series