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March 26, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

In-Person: An Evening with Julie Marie Wade & Dustin Brookshire


Books & Books


March 26, 2023
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


zArchive2-Books & Books Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134 United States
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Books & Books presents…



 Fugue: An Aural History and Never Picked First For Playtime

Sunday, March 26th, 5PM

IN-PERSON at Books & Books, Coral Gables


***Please note: This event will take place at the Books & Books in Coral Gables at 265 Aragon Ave. Tickets are FREE and the books will be available for purchase at the event. Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.


About the Fugue: An Aural History

Go ahead, tell me-what words do you love? For to love a word is to love the sound it makes.To love a word is to hear the bells in it; to use a word out of love is to become a bell-ringer, which is also to say, a campanologist.

In this book-length essay, Julie Marie Wade writes a sonic autobiography, a gorgeous inquiry into language, sound, and history.

Keywords: lyric essay, autobiography, sound, language, memory





About Julie Marie Wade:

Julie Marie Wade is the author of 16 collections of poetry, prose, and hybrid forms, most recently Skirted: Poems (The Word Works, 2021) and Just an Ordinary Woman Breathing (The Ohio State University Press, 2020). With Denise Duhamel, she wrote The Unrhymables: Collaborations in Prose (Noctuary Press, 2019) and with Brenda Miller, Telephone: Essays in Two Voices (Cleveland State University Press, 2021). A winner of the Marie Alexander Poetry Series and the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir, she teaches in the creative writing program at Florida International University. Her forthcoming projects are Meditation 40: The Honesty Room (Pank Books, 2023) and Otherwise: Essays (Autumn House, 2023), chosen by Lia Purpura as the winner of the 2022 Autumn House Nonfiction Book Prize.

About Never Picked First for Playtime:

A tribute to Denise Duhamel’s Kinky, which includes a special foreword from Denise.

“Think of all the delicious ways you’ll live,” Dustin Brookshire writes in Never Picked First For Playtime. He’s addressing us—the reader of these poems—who get to live vicariously through these fabulous Barbie poems. Brookshire poses Barbie in various lives, in various quintessential roles. The accumulative power of Never Picked First For Playtime shows us that Barbie’s essence is very much part of her performance: her naturalness is a feature, another thing you can pose and style. Unlike Covid-19 Barbie (“no one will remove her from the box”), you should definitely take these outrageous, funny, and subversive poems out for a spin. They are delicious. —James Allen Hall, author of Romantic Comedy.



About Dustin Brookshire:

Dustin Brookshire is the curator of the Wild & Precious Life Series, founder/editor of Limp Wrist, founding chapter president of the South Florida Poets (a chapter of the Florida State Poetry Association), program director for Reading Queer, and a founding member of FLAWN (Florida Local Artist & Writers Network). Dustin is the author of three chapbooks: Never Picked First For Playtime (Harbor Editions, 2023), Love Most Of You Too (Harbor Editions, 2021) and To The One Who Raped Me (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2012). He is the co-editor of Let Me Say This: A Dolly Parton Poetry Anthology (Madville Publishing, 2023). His work has been published in numerous publications and 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). Visit Dustin online at www.dustinbrookshire.com.