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Welcome to Words without Borders annual queer issue. From raucous Mexican dives to hushed West African forests, with characters defying official crackdowns in Turkey and embracing new definitions of family in Israel, the work here explores the variety of queer experience around the world.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Finishing Line Press Poets Reading at Musehouse in Philadelphia

 
 
I'm thrilled to be reading at Musehouse in Philadelphia next week.

Join us for a reading and book signing by Poets of Finishing Line Press

at Musehouse; A Center for the Literary Arts
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DATE: Saturday, March 10, 2012
TIME: 7 pm
LOCATION: 7924 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19118
Free Admission 
267-331-9552

I'll be reading from my new collection of poetry-Where My Birthmark Dances.

Here's what Lillian Dunn, of Apiary Magazine, said about my new collection of poetry-Where My Birthmark Dances:

The Ancient Romans used to call a person's creative spirit her "genius," and recognized the labor of setting it free as one of love and sacrifice. Octavia McBride-Ahebee's latest collection is just such a labor. Her poems depict human longing, love and dignity in the context of global inequality with fierce, uncompromising grace. As her characters speak, she creates indelible sensory images of loveliness and affection, profound misery and anger, letting each co-exist on the page. The resulting complexity of tone makes space for nuanced and compelling human voices that might otherwise be categorized as "victims" or "villains" of oppression. It takes the full use of genius to notice and capture these contradictions, and a deep social conscience to care so passionately about writing them down. This collection is one of McBride-Ahebee's "bighearted magnolia trees," its trunk scarred by the fire of sacrifice, its blossoms and branches so beautiful you don't want to leave their shade."
 
Other Finishing Line Press Poets  reading will be Karen McPherson.  She will read from her collection Sketching Elise and Donna Wolf-Palacio will read from her collection What I Don't Know.
 
Do come out and join us.

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