Pride in Verse: Spotlighting International LGBTQ Poets

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For the first time in nearly 20 years and on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, NYC will host WorldPride 2019! WorldPride is an empowering global celebration honoring the international Pride movement. LGBTQ+ poets Rigoberto González, Jaime Manrique, Raquel Salas Rivera, Brenda Shaughnessy, and Yanyi will have a candid conversation on queerness, acceptance, identity, and community. They will also read from their works.


Rigoberto Gonzalez

Rigoberto Gonzalez is the author of many books of poetry and prose, including the poetry collection The Book of Ruin, recently published by Four Way Books, and the memoirs What Drowns the Flowers in Your Mouth, finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa, winner of the American Book Award. He is a contributing editor for Poets & Writers magazine, serves on the board of trustees of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), and is a professor of English and director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey. Yanyi is a writer and critic. In 2018, he won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, awarded by Carl Phillips, for his first book, The Year of Blue Water (Yale University Press, March 2019). The recipient of fellowships from Asian American Writers Workshop and Poets House, his work has recently been featured in NPR’s All Things Considered, Tin House, Granta, and The Offing. Currently, he is an associate editor at Foundry.


BrendaBrenda Shaughnessy was born in Okinawa and raised in Southern California. She is the author of five poetry collections, most recently The Octopus Museum (Knopf 2019). 2012’s Our Andromeda was a New York Times’ 100 Notable Book, a finalist for the Griffin International Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Prize. She’s the recipient of a 2018 Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a 2013 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, The Nation, The New Yorker, Paris Review, Poetry Magazine, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. She is currently writing an opera libretto for the composer Paola Prestini, commissioned by The Atlanta Opera. She is Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in Verona, New Jersey.



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