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Meet Me There: Featuring Essential Queer Voices of U.S. Poetry

Event date: 
Thursday, May 9, 2024 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

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"Meet Me There" is a monthly intergenerational poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction experience curated by trans/genderqueer poet and sound artist Samuel Ace. Writers exploring genre and gender boundaries will be a special focus of this series. This event takes place on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30pm ET. Some months our readings will take place at Charis Books with an option to watch virtually, and some months the event will be fully virtual, so be sure to check the listing!

May's featured poets are Christopher Nelson (editor), Jos Charles, Rajiv Mohabir, and Magdalena Zurawski from the anthology, Essential Queer Voices of U.S. Poetry

Featured Poets

Christopher Nelson is the author of Blood Aria (University of Wisconsin Press, 2021) and four chapbooks, including Blue House, winner of a Poetry Society of America Fellowship. The recipient of the 2023–24 Amy Lowell Traveling Scholarship, he is the founding editor of Under a Warm Green Linden and Green Linden Press, a nonprofit publisher dedicated to poetic excellence and reforestation. His anthology Essential Voices: Poetry of Iran and Its Diaspora received a Midwest Book Award and was named one of the best poetry books of the year by Entropy Magazine. 

Jos Charles is author of the poetry collections a Year & other poems (Milkweed Editions, 2022), feeld, a Pulitzer-finalist and winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series selected by Fady Joudah (Milkweed Editions, 2018), and Safe Space (Ahsahta Press, 2016). She teaches as a part of Randolph College's low-residency MFA program and resides in Long Beach, CA.

Poet, memoirist, and translator, Rajiv Mohabir is the author of four books of poetry including Whale Aria (Four Way Books 2023), Cutlish (Four Way Books 2021) which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and recipient of the Eric Hoffer Medal Provocateur. His poetry and nonfiction have been finalists for the 2022 PEN/America Open Book Award, the Lambda Literary Award in Poetry and in Nonfiction, the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction, and both second place and finalist for the Guyana Prize for Literature in 2022 (poetry and memoir respectively). His translations have won the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award from the American Academy of Poets in 2020. He is an assistant professor of poetry at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Magdalena Zurawski's novel The Bruise was published in 2008 by FC2/University of Alabama Press. It received both a 2008 Lambda Award and the 2007 Ronald Sukenick- American Book Review Innovative Fiction Prize. Litmus Press published her poetry collection Companion Animal in 2015, which won the Norma Faber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her most recent collection, The Tiniest Muzzle Sings Songs of Freedom, came out from Wave Books in the spring of 2019. The Operating System released Zurawski’s poem/essay Don’t Be Scared as a chapbook in Summer 2019 and her essay Being Human is an Occult Practice was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in Fall 2020.

Zurawski was a 2022-23 Fulbright Scholar in Poland, where she traced family war histories for her current book project and began translating poet Miron Bialoszewski's prose work, Heart Attack.

Host Poet

Samuel Ace is a trans/genderqueer poet and sound artist. His most recent books are Our Weather Our Sea (Black Radish), Meet MeThere: Normal Sex & Home in three days. Don’t wash. (Belladonna* Germinal Texts), and the chapbook What started / this mess (above/ground press). Ace is the recipient of the Astraea Lesbian Writer Award and the Firecracker Alternative Book Award in Poetry, as well as a repeat finalist for both the Lambda Literary Award and the National Poetry Series. Recent work can be found in ex-PuritanPOETRY, We Want it All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetry, PEN America, Best American Experimental Poetry, and many other journals and anthologies. A book-length poetic essay, I Want to Start by Saying, is forthcoming from the Cleveland State University Poetry Center (2024).

The event is free and open to all people, but we encourage and appreciate a donation of $5-20 in support of the work of Charis Circle, our programming non-profit. Donate on crowdcast or via our website: or in person the night of the event.

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Essential Queer Voices of U.S. Poetry By Christopher Nelson (Editor) Cover Image
By Christopher Nelson (Editor)
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ISBN: 9781737162582
Published: Green Linden Press - February 6th, 2024

100 Poets for the Present and Future.

Fugitive By Christopher Nelson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781934832943
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Published: New Michigan Press - February 1st, 2024

"In Fugitive, wild bergamot escape from their gardens while prisoners sleep in permanent fluorescence. Nature blossoms and thought fills the meadows, bridging the color between spirit and matter. This is Eden, lost and everpresent, filled with all manner of life-ants, gnats, butterfies and asters, love and suicide, the whole show.

A Year & Other Poems By Jos Charles Cover Image
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Published: Milkweed Editions - May 7th, 2024

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I Will Not Go: Translations, Transformations, and Chutney Fractals By Rajiv Mohabir (Editor) Cover Image
By Rajiv Mohabir (Editor)
ISBN: 9781935717003
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Published: Kaya Press - October 1st, 2024

Playful and celebratory, yet also mourning the loss of language, this poetry anthology revives the fading tradition of Caribbean Hindustani songs

Whale Aria By Rajiv Mohabir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781954245686
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Published: Four Way Books - September 15th, 2023

“For seasons I was faceless // trying to swallow constellations, / to roll a star-map on my tongue,” recounts Rajiv Mohabir’s speaker in “Boy with Baleen for Teeth.” As formally visionary and acoustically attuned as ever, Mohabir has composed an interspecies opera in Whale Aria.

The Tiniest Muzzle Sings Songs of Freedom By Magdalena Zurawski Cover Image
ISBN: 9781940696843
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Published: Wave Books - April 2nd, 2019

Taking readers from suburban carports to wintry Russian novels, from summer tomato gardens to the sublime interiors of presleep thoughts, Magdalena Zurawski's poems anchor the complexities of our interconnected world in the singularity of the human experience.

Meet Me There: Normal Sex & Home in Three Days. Don't Wash. By Samuel Ace Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780998843926
Published: Belladonna Series - May 1st, 2019

Poetry. LGBTQIA Studies. MEET ME THERE is a paired republication of Normal Sex (Firebrand Books, 1994) and Home in three days. Don't wash. (Hard Press, 1996). In the present edition, the texts are accompanied by a new introduction and poem by Samuel Ace, and by a collection of short essays and reflections on Ace and Smukler's poetics.

Event Summary: 
May's featured poets are Christopher Nelson (editor), Jos Charles, Rajiv Mohabir, and Magdalena Zurawski from the anthology, Essential Queer Voices of U.S. Poetry.