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In Person Poetry Chapbook Launch! “[deadname]” by Halsey Hyer (w/ Jan Beatty & Kayla Sargeson)

September 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
We’ve been looking forward to this day for months: We finally get to celebrate White Whale’s own Halsey Hyer with a launch for their chapbook [deadname]! You all know Halsey from the work they’ve put into our events program, and now it’s time to show up to celebrate their own literary accomplishment. They’ll be joined by Jan Beatty and Kayla Sargeson for a reading. Don’t miss this!
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“Halsey Hyer’s [deadname] is a poetic tour de force describing the trans experience. When Boy first has their period, goes up a bra size, and later suffers a miscarriage, readers find themselves in a tableau of binary language only this poet can fuse back together. Hyer dares us — then double dares us — to rethink gender through these exquisite, sometimes funny, and always tender poems.” —Denise Duhamel
[deadname] by Halsey Hyer takes us into the trap of gender and the freedom of blurring, joining, shifting, and demolishing. Whose idea was this, anyway, this stiff categorization, this restriction? Hyer enacts the blurring in lines of punch and rhythm: He lights up his pussy/with a junk drawer flashlight … and the brutality of transition in direct voice: … Why/do I even bother/to eat? These poems erupt with collisions of robo-dicks, miscarriage, T-shots — tough and hard-won.” —Jan Beatty
Halsey Hyer (they/them) is the author of the micro-chapbook of micro-poems Everything Becomes Bananas (Rinky Dink Press, 2022) and chapbook, [deadname] (Anhinga Press, 2022), winner of the 2022 Rick Campbell Chapbook Prize. They’re currently earning their MFA in Creative Writing as the 2022-2024 Margaret L. Whitford Fellow at Chatham University. They were a Creative Writing MFA candidate at Florida International University where they taught in Creative Writing and Writing & Rhetoric programs. They’re an Editorial Assistant for Seven Kitchens Press, collective member of The Big Idea Bookstore, and the Events Coordinator at White Whale Bookstore. Their work can be found or is forthcoming in The Boiler, North American Review, Notre Dame Review, and elsewhere. Find out more—www.halseyhyer.org.
Jan Beatty‘s seventh book, American Bastard, won the Red Hen Nonfiction Award, 2021. Of her last book, The Body Wars (U. of Pgh. Press), Naomi Shihab Nye said in the New York Times: Jan Beatty’s new poems in “The Body Wars” shimmer with luminous connection, travel a big life and grand map of encounters. Beatty worked as a waitress, abortion counselor, and in maximum security prisons. For fifteen years, she directed creative writing at Carlow University where she ran the Madwomen in the Attic workshops. Her new chapbook, Skydog, was just released from Lefty Blondie Press.
Kayla Sargeson is the author of the full-length collection First Red (Main Street Rag, 2016), and the chapbooks Head on a Shelf, BLAZE, and Mini Love Gun, all from Main Street Rag. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in 5AM, Cimarron Review, and City of Asylum’s “Poem of the Week” feature. With Lisa Alexander, she co-curates the Laser Cat reading series. Sargeson lives in Pittsburgh where she teaches at the University of Pittsburgh and the Community College of Allegheny County.
This event will be in-person at White Whale Bookstore. Vaccination cards and masks are required. Authors will only remove their masks to read at the mic. If you are not able to make it to the store, we will also be livestreaming the event via Zoom. You can register for that livestream here: https://us02web.zoom.us/…/tZAof…
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September 16
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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