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January 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In-Person: Poetry Reading at Books & Books Coconut Grove


Books & Books


January 23
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Books & Books in Coconut Grove
3409 Main Hwy
Coconut Grove, FL 33133 United States
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Books & Books presents…


reading poetry from their books

Second Story: Poems 

(University of Pittsburgh Press, $18.00),

Court of No Record: Poems

(LSU Press, $18.95),


(Texas Review Press, $19.95)

and Fersace

(Elj Editions, $22.00)

Tuesday, January 23rd, 7:00 PM | Books & Books, Coconut Grove


Books & Books is thrilled to present an evening with the poets Denise Duhamel, Jenny Molberg, Caridad Moro-Gronlier, & Nicole Tallman as they discuss their respective books: Second Story: Poems by Denise Duhamel (University of Pittsburgh Press, $18.00)Court of No Record by Jenny Molberg (LSU Press, $18.95), Tortillera by Caridad Moro-Gronlier (Texas Review Press, $19.95)Fersace by Nicole Tallman (Elj Editions, $22.00).

Tickets are FREE and books will be available for purchase at the event.

About the Second Story: Poems:

When her Florida apartment is damaged by the ferocity of Hurricane Irma, Duhamel turns to Dante and terza rima, reconstructing the form into the long poem “Terza Irma.” Throughout the book she investigates our near-catastrophic ecological and political moment, hyperaware of her own complicity, resistance, and agency. She writes odes to her favorite uncle—who was “green” before it was a hashtag—and Mother Nature via a retro margarine commercial. She writes letters to her failing memory as well as to America’s amnesia. With fear of the water below and a burglar who enters through her second story window, she bravely faces the story under the story, the second story we often neglect to tell.





About the Court of No Record:

Jenny Molberg’s third collection of poetry, The Court of No Record, serves as both evidence and testimony against a legal system that often fails victims of physical trauma and domestic abuse. Drawing inspiration from true crime investigations and artifacts, including Frances Glessner Lee’s crime scene dioramas and the tragic aftermaths of two serial killers who preyed upon women in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Molberg probes a cultural obsession with violence that performs active erasure of victims’ lives. By engaging with historical texts through a personal lens, she sheds light on survivors who do not find justice and looks toward a future of positive systemic reformation.


About Tortillera:

Many a first-generation, Cubanita (the ones who are into other girls, anyway) has suffered, denied, wailed over the loaded term, but in Caridad Moro-Gronlier’s debut collection, Tortillera, she not only applies the term to herself, she owns it, drapes it over her shoulders and heralds her truth through candid, unflinching poems that address the queer experience of coming out while Cuban. Part reckoning, part renewal, part redemption, part rebirth, the poems in Tortillera come clean, but more than that, they guide, reveal and examine larger considerations: the role of language on gender its subsequent roles, the heartrending consequences of compulsory heterosexuality, as well as the patriarchal stamp emblazoned on the Cuban diaspora. The work contained in Tortillera befits its audacious title—bold, original and utterly without shame.


About Fersace:

Nicole Tallman’s third book, FERSACE, is a refreshing, fun, and honest handling of hard topics–death, daughterhood, childhood, mental health, displacement, queerdom, work, aging, and other crucial life challenges.

Nicole Tallman’s third book, FERSACE, is a refreshing, fun, and honest handling of hard topics–death, daughterhood, childhood, mental health, displacement, queerdom, work, aging, and other crucial life challenges. In this Michigan-meets-Miami collection, Tallman adjusts to the changing world around her, seeking solace in conversations with the dead and living (including herself), and in new life experiences. With poems arranged in sections inspired by the four seasons she’s lost in her move from Michigan to Miami, Tallman grapples with nostalgia and memory, while learning to embrace her new identity as gringa and her new home that both baffles and entertains. This book is a journey with an ultimate destination that leads to truth, love, and acceptance.


About the Authors:

Denise Duhamel is a distinguished university professor in the MFA program at Florida International University in Miami. Her previous books include Scald, BlowoutKa-Ching!, Two and Two, Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems, The Star-Spangled Banner, and Kinky. She is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Jenny Molberg is the author of the poetry collections Marvels of the Invisible and Refusal. As a National Endowment for the Arts fellow, she has published in Ploughshares, the RumpusAGNIAdroit JournalOprah Quarterly, and other literary outlets. She is associate professor of creative writing at the University of Central Missouri, where she edits Pleiades.

Caridad Moro-Gronlier is a community driven South Florida poet and the author of Tortillera: Poems, (Texas Review Press, 2021) winner of the TRP Southern Poetry Breakthrough Prize, a 2022 International Latino Book Award Honorable Mention, a 2022 Eric Hoffer Book Award Honorable Mention, and a 2022 First Horizon Award Finalist, as well as Visionware published was by Finishing Line Press (2009) as part of its New Women’s Voices Series.She is the Series Editor of From the Writer’s Room, Miami New Tropic, Editor of Grabbed: Poets and Writers Respond to Sexual Assault, Empowerment and Healing (Beacon Press, 2020) and the Associate Editor for “SWWIM Every Day”, an online daily poetry journal for women identifying poets, and its accompanying SWWIM Reading Series. She resides in Miami with her family.

Nicole Tallman is a poet, writer, and editor. Born and raised in Michigan, she lives in Miami and serves as the official Poetry Ambassador for Miami-Dade County, Editor of Redacted Books, Poetry and Interviews Editor for The Blue Mountain Review, and an Associate Editor for South Florida Poetry Journal. She is the author of Something Kindred and Poems for the People (The Southern Collective Experience (SCE) Press), and her latest book is FERSACE (ELJ Editions). She is also the creator and host of ELJ Editions/Redacted Books’ Be Well Reading Series and the Lunchtime Poetry & Jazz Series at Miami-Dade County’s Main Library. Find her on social media @natallman and at nicoletallman.com.