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Virtual Event: Tamiko Beyer

presenting

Last Days: 
Poems

with readings from GABRIELLE CIVIL

Date

Apr
14
Wednesday
April 14, 2021
7:00 PM

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Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes acclaimed poet and activist TAMIKO BEYER for an evening of readings and discussion celebrating the release of her latest poetry collection, Last Days. She will be joined by celebrated performance artist, poet, and educator GABRIELLE CIVIL.

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About Last Days

Last Days is a practice of radical imagination for our current political and environmental crises. It excavates the conditions that have brought us here—white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, corporate power, capitalism—and calls ancestors, birds, organizers, and lovers to conjure a new world. It explores how to transform our future to be more beautiful, more just, and more compassionate than we can imagine.

Praise for Last Days

"At this moment in history, a singular question often arises: what happens to the self and to the group when a keen part of ourself is the Other? Tamiko Beyer allows the question to be complex because, for her, even being human has its Otherness. In the phrase 'slip // of boundaries' ('Estuaries'), we are introduced early in the collection to a staff that may assist in climbing into and along with these gorgeous poems, some of which 'slip' form from Western open verse to authentically realized haiku and haibun. The slip is also identity from mixed race to queer to class to human; the slip is language as well as poetics—especially for those in Japanese forms; and it is that abiding psychological Freudian slip. (And perhaps, a female garment, given Beyer's playfulness!) And, then there is location, whether subterranean or alternate. Enter into this collection of Last Days and enjoy powerful discoveries in her crossings and lines." —Kimiko Hahn, author of Foreign Bodies

Gabrielle Civil
Gabrielle Civil

Gabrielle Civil

Gabrielle Civil is a black feminist performance artist, poet, and writer, originally from Detroit MI. She has premiered fifty performance works around the world and her performance memoirs include Swallow the Fish, Experiments in Joy, and ( ghost gestures ) (2021), winner of the Gold Line Nonfiction Chapbook contest selected by Bhanu Kapil. Her writing has also appeared in Experiments in Joy: a Workbook, Dancing While Black, Small Axe, Obsidian, Bone Bouquet and the anthologies Black in the Middle, Kitchen Table Translation, and New Daughters of Africa. A 2019 Rema Hort Mann LA Emerging Artist, she teaches creative writing and critical studies at the California Institute of the Arts. The aim of her work is to open up space.

Tamiko Beyer
Tamiko Beyer

Tamiko Beyer

Tamiko Beyer is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection Last Days, from Alice James Books. Her other books and chapbooks are We Come Elemental, Dovetail (co-authored with Kimiko Hahn) and bough breaks. Her poetry and articles have been published widely, including by Denver Quarterly, Idaho Review (forthcoming), Lit Hub, and the Rumpus. She publishes Starlight and Strategy, a monthly newsletter for living life wide awake and shaping change. She is a queer, mixed race (Japanese and white), cisgender woman and femme, living in on Masssachusett, Wampanoag, and Pawtucket land.

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