Friday, April 7, 2023

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Shelley Wong

Keynote Author

Date: Friday, April 7

Award-winning author of As She Appears

Admission: Free and open to the public!

Shelley Wong is the author of As She Appears (YesYes Books), winner of the Pamet River Prize and longlisted for the National Book Award. She is a Kundiman and MacDowell fellow and lives in San Francisco.

About As She Appears

Winner, 2019 Pamet River Prize

Shelley Wong’s debut, As She Appears, foregrounds queer women of color in their being and becoming. Following the end of a relationship that was marked by silence, a woman crosses over and embodies the expanse of desire and self-love. Other speakers transform the natural world and themselves, using art and beauty as a means of sanctuary and subversion. With both praise and precision, Wong considers how women inhabit and remake their environment. The ecstatic joys of Pride dances and late-night Chinatown meals, conversations with Frida Kahlo, trees that “burst into glamour,” and layers of memory permeate these poems as they travel through suburban California, perfumed fashion runways, to a Fire Island summer. Wong writes in the space where so many do not appear as an invitation for queer women of color to arrive in love, exactly as they are.