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June 25 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
In-Person: An Afternoon with Dustin Brookshire, Denise Duhamel, Tyler Gillespie, Caridad Moro-Gronlier, Gregg Shapiro, Nicole Tallman, and Julie Marie Wade
Books & Books presents…
An Afternoon with
DUSTIN BROOKSHIRE, DENISE DUHAMEL, TYLER GILLESPIE, CARIDAD MORO-GRONLIER, GREGG SHAPIRO, NICOLE TALLMAN, & JULIE MARIE WADE
(Madville Publishing LLC, $20.95)
Sunday, June 25th, 4 PM | IN-PERSON, Coral Gables
Books & Books is thrilled to present an afternoon with Dustin Brookshire, Denise Duhamel, Tyler Gillespie, Caridad Moro-Gronlier, Gregg Shapiro, Nicole Tallman, and Julie Marie Wade discussing the poetry book: Let Me Say This: A Dolly Parton Poetry Anthology (Madville Publishing LLC, $20.95).
About the Book:
Let Me Say This: A Dolly Parton Poetry Anthology offers 54 poets’ takes on often-unsung facets of this diamond in a rhinestone world-calling in Dolly’s impeccable comedic timing, her lyric mastery, her business acumen, and her Dollyverse advocacy. These poems remind us to be better and to do better, to subvert Dolly cliche, and they encourage us to weave Dolly metaphor into our own family lore. Within these pages, Dolly takes the stage and the dinner table; readers see the public Dolly of the silver screen and the private Dolly of identity contemplation. Dolly raises praise and question, and she butterflies into our hearts to unabashedly to claim the mantra In Dolly We Trust.
With Dolly poems from 54 contributors:
Kelli Russell Agodon – Nin Andrews – Lana K. W. Austin – David-Matthew Barnes – Nicky Beer – Julie E. Bloemeke – Emma Bolden – Dustin Brookshire – Phillip Watts Brown – Marina Carreira – Denise Duhamel – teri elam – Rupert Fike – Diamond Forde – Chad Frame – Makayla Gay – Tyler Gillespie – Kari Gunter-Seymour – Robert Gwaltney – Beth Gylys – Karen Head – Raye Hendrix – Collin Kelley – Dorianne Laux – Chin-Sun Lee – Arden Levine – Katie Manning – Kelly McQuain – Lynn Melnick – Jenny Molberg – Rachel Morgan – Caridad Moro-Gronlier – Carolyn Oliver – Dion O’Reilly – Jeffrey Perkins – Stephen Roger Powers – Steven Reigns – Linda Neal Reising – Benjamin Anthony Rhodes – Micah Ruelle – Anna Sandy-Elrod – Roberta Schultz – Maureen Seaton – Gregg Shapiro – L.J. Sysko – Nicole Tallman – Kerry Trautman – Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer – Dan Vera – Isaiah Vianese – Donna Vorreyer – Julie Marie Wade – Jennifer Wheelock – Yvonne Zipter
About the Editor:
Dustin Brookshire, a finalist for the 2021 Scotti Merrill Award, is the founder/editor of Limp Wrist and curator of the Wild & Precious Life Series, a Zoom-based poetry reading series, program director for Reading Queer, and founding chapter president of the South Florida Poets. He is the author of the chapbooks Love Most Of You Too (Harbor Editions, 2021) and To The One Who Raped Me (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2012). With poet Julie E. Bloemeke, Dustin is a co-editor of the forthcoming Let Me Say This: A Dolly Parton Poetry Anthology (Madville Publishing, 2023).
Dustin’s work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has been published in or is forthcoming in Assaracus, Whiskey Island, South Florida Poetry Journal, South 85, Olney Magazine, Mollyhouse, The West Review, Oddball, Gulf Stream Magazine, Redheaded Stepchild, SubtleTea, Ocho, Oranges & Sardines, Ouroboros, Qarrtsiluni, and other publications. He has been anthologized in Divining Divas: 100 Gay Men on their Muses (Lethe Press, 2012) and The Queer South: LGBTQ Writes on the American South (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014).