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January 26 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
In-Person: Jubi & Jaswinder Joint Book Launch Jamboree
Books & Books presents…
AN EVENING WITH JUBI ARRIOLA-HEADLEY & JASWINDER BOLINA
reading poetry from Arriola-Headley’s
Friday, January 26th, 7:30 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables
Books & Books is thrilled to present an evening with Jubi Arriola-Headley & Jaswinder Bolina as they read poetry from Arriola-Headley’s new book, Bound (Persea, $15.95), and Bolina’s new book, English as a Second Language and Other Poems (Copper Canyon Press, $17.00).
Tickets are FREE and books will be available for purchase at the event.
A luminous, libidinous collection of poems from the author of Original Kink.
Bound is a collection of poems that seeks to carve a space for Blackness and queerness in the world that isn’t defined by trauma or lack, where Black and queer folks can seriously play, can create and conjure the worlds they want to live and love in. Beginning with a takedown of the God concept and moving through an incitement to revolution, Bound, along the way, plays with conventional notions of race, sex, sexuality, gender and pleasure, tearing down what we didn’t build to make room for what’s coming.
About English as a Second Language and Other Poems:
Warm tenderness and fiery critique sit side-by-side in Bolina’s English as A Second Language, a collection that skewers, laments, and celebrates America with intelligence, humility, and a disarming sense of humor.
In Jaswinder Bolina’s English as A Second Language and Other Poems, we are asked to imagine the tender and harsh realities of this world within a single breath– a Steiff monkey resting next to a child in a crib and the tired hands of “a thousand /women in Sidi Bouzid” assembling the stuffed animal. Coated in an armor of wit and humor and steeped in the idiosyncrasies of language, English as a Second Language pits sentimentality against cynicism and the personal against the national. What remains is the kaleidoscopic image of the modern American condition.
From elegy to persona, wide-ranging poems tell the story of a child of immigrants becoming a parent against the tumultuous backdrop of our politics and culture. Where the collection asks, “What chance do any of us have?,” the poet finds hope, possibility. Bolina’s musical poems zip across time, challenging the fixity of the book. Clues offer the possibility of an alternate reading, where backwards, a new emotional arc appears–dreamlike, the nostalgic origin story of a sleep-deprived parent tracing a path through language and history. Forwards, backwards, English as a Second Language skewers, laments, and celebrates America with intelligence and humility.
About the Authors:
Jubi Arriola-Headley (he/him) is a Black homoflexible poet, storyteller, first-generation United Statesian, and author of the poetry collection original kink (Sibling Rivalry Press), recipient of the 2021 Housatonic Book Award; his second collection, Bound, will be published by Persea Books in January 2024. Jubi’s work has received support from Yaddo, Millay Arts, Lambda Literary, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and his poems have been featured in Literary Hub, Kweli Journal, & Southern Humanities Review, on PBS NewsHour’s Brief But Spectacular, & elsewhere. Jubi lives with his husband in South Florida, on ancestral Tequesta, Miccosukee, and Seminole lands.
Jaswinder Bolina’s new collection English as a Second Language and Other Poems is available now from Copper Canyon Press. He is author of three previous books of poetry, The 44th of July (2019), Phantom Camera (2013), and Carrier Wave (2007), and of the digital chapbook The Tallest Building in America (2014). His debut collection of essays Of Color (2020) is available from McSweeney’s. He teaches on the faculty of the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Miami.