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June 1, 2022 @ 7:30 pm
In-Person | The Sociology of a Miami Girl: An Evening with Kelsey Milian Lopez
Books & Books presents…
An Evening with Kelsey Milian Lopez
The Sociology of a Miami Girl
Wednesday, June 1, 7:30 PM | LIVE & IN-PERSON at Books & Books, Coral Gables
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Books & Books is thrilled to present Kelsey Milian Lopez and her debut poetry collection THE SOCIOLOGY OF A MIAMI GIRL.
This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event so make sure to stay after the talk for a book signing! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.
About the Book:
The Sociology of a Miami Girl is the debut poetry collection by musician and academic Kelsey Milian, who intersects her multi-ethnic identities together to navigate the social-cultural world. As the daughter of Latinx immigrants from Mexico, Guatemala, Japan, and Europe, Kelsey uses personal and poetic narratives to retell lessons and connect to her indigenous Zapotec and K’iche Maya identity. She blends the personal and political by blending poems on healing, micro-aggressions, self-love, romance, and family to redefine what it means to be a woman of color. Kelsey’s work is a thank-you letter to her relatives and ancestors who represent a community of sacrifice and resilience.
About the Author:
KELSEY MILIAN LOPEZ was raised in Miami, Florida. With a strong sense of cultural identity she has been able to connect and trace her heritage with her Mexican, Guatemalan, Aztec, Zapotec, K’iche Maya, French, German, Spanish, and Japanese roots. She recently graduated with a degree in Sociology and Educational Studies at the Liberal Arts Institution Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. She now resides in New York City as she pursues a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology at CUNY Graduate Center.
Her interdisciplinary education is fostered by her experiences inside and outside the classroom that include non-profit work, community activism and engagement, and a passion for performing arts and programming. All of these experiences feed into Kelsey’s passion for poetry as an artistic outlet to understanding her multi-cultural identity and ancestry. Her poems “Buenos Dias Niña” and “Brujeria” reflect her appreciation and understanding of the sacrifice immigrant parents make in order to help their children create opportunities for themselves. Her poems have been featured in Mujeres De Maiz, Not Very Quiet Online Journal, Bien Acompañada Press, The Echo, South Carolina’s Best Emerging Poets 2019, and The Latino Book Review.