Melissa Lozada-Oliva and Jess Rizkallah

present

peluda

and

the magic my body becomes

This event includes a book signing

Date

Oct
20
Friday
October 20, 2017
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets

This event is free; no tickets are required.

Harvard Book Store is thrilled to welcome poets MELISSA LOZADA-OLIVA and JESS RIZKALLAH for a reading and discussion of their books, peluda and the magic my body becomes: Poems.

About peluda

One of the most original performance poets of her generation, Melissa Lozada-Oliva has captivated crowds across the country and online with her vivid narratives. Humorous and biting, personal and communal, self-deprecating and unapologetically self-loving, peluda (meaning “hairy” or “hairy beast”) is the poet at her best.

The book explores the relationship between femininity and body hair as well as the intersections of family, class, the immigrant experience, Latina identity, and much more, all through Lozada-Oliva’s unique lens and striking voice; peluda is a powerful testimony on body image and the triumph over taboo.

About the magic my body becomes

In exploring family history, civil war, trauma, and Lebanon itself, Rizkallah draws from the spirits of canonical Arab and Middle Eastern poets, and the reader feels these spirits exorcising the grief of those who are still alive. Throughout, there is the body, a reclamation and pushback against cultures that simultaneously sexualize and shame women. And there is a softness as inherent as rage, a resisting of stereotypes that too often speak louder than the complexities of a colonized, yet resilient, cultural identity.

Rizkallah’s the magic my body becomes is an exciting new book from an exciting young poet, a love letter to a people as well as a fist in the air. It is the first book in the Etel Adnan Poetry Series, publishing first or second books of poetry in English by writers of Arab heritage.The voice here freely asserts gender, sexuality, and religious beliefs, while at the same time it respects a generational divide: the younger’s privilege gained by the sacrifice of the older, the impossibility of separating what is wholly hers from what is hers second-hand.

Jess Rizkallah
Jess Rizkallah

Jess Rizkallah

Jess Rizkallah is a Lebanese-American writer/illustrator living between Boston and New York. Alumna of Lesley University, MFA candidate at New York University, and founding editor at Maps For Teeth magazine & Pizza Pi Press. Her work has appeared in Word Riot, Nailed Magazine, Button Poetry, Rattle, & on her mother's fridge. Her collection the magic my body becomes: Poems won the 2016 Etel Adnan Poetry Prize & is forthcoming on University of Arkansas Press, 2017. Find her at jessrizkallah.com.

Melissa Lozada-Oliva
Melissa Lozada-Oliva

Melissa Lozada-Oliva

Melissa Lozada-Oliva is a spoken word poet & educator whose fierceness and charm have made her a near instant poetry phenomenon. Blending power, warmth, and flat-out hilarity, her ability to speak truth to power as an unapologetically feminist Latina comes as a breath of fresh air to those perhaps expecting the "same old slam poetry", leaving audiences not only excited about changing the world, but excited about being a part of that change. Melissa lives in New York City and is currently an MFA candidate at New York University.

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