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Boat Burned Reading: A Novel Idea

September 29 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for the virtual launch of Kelly Grace Thomas’s debut collection, Boat Burned (YesYes Books, 2020) with featured readers: Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, Airea D. Matthews, Raena Shirali and Kelly Grace Thomas.
Boat Burned, explores what happens when we burn our boats and shows us why we must. It examines the relationships women are forced to vessel: to family, to faith, to femininity. The collection interrogates the ways we are taught to be women, recounts what the body carries, asks what happens when we outgrow the love and loyalties we are raised to obey. Boat Burned delves into themes of hunger, divorce, violence, and our relationship to our own bodies, as it reminds us we are every boat we have lived and every boat we have set ablaze in order to build anew.
Kelly Grace Thomas is an ocean-obsessed Aires from Jersey. She is a poet, editor, educator and author. Kelly is the winner of the 2017 Neil Postman Award for Metaphor from Rattle, 2018 finalist for the Rita Dove Poetry Award and multiple pushcart prize nominee. Her first full-length collection, Boat Burned, released with YesYes Books in January 2020. Kelly’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in: Best New Poets 2019, Los Angeles Review, Redivider, Nashville Review, Muzzle, DIAGRAM, and more. Kelly currently works as the Director of Education and Pedagogy for Get Lit-Words Ignite. Kelly is a three-time poetry slam championship coach and the co-author of Words Ignite: Explore, Write and Perform, Classic and Spoken Word Poetry (Literary Riot), currently taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Kelly has received fellowships from Tin House Winter Workshop, Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, Kenyon Review Young Writers and more. Kelly and her sister, Kat Thomas, won Best Feature Length Screenplay at the Portland Comedy Film Festival for their romantic comedy, Magic Little Pills. Kelly lives in the Bay Area with her husband, Omid. She is currently working on her debut novel, a YA thriller, titled Only 10.001 and spends her days chasing wind, waves and words. www.kellygracethomas.com
Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach emigrated from Ukraine as a Jewish refugee when she was six years old. She is author of The Many Names for Mother, winner of the Wick Poetry Prize, and 40 WEEKS, forthcoming in 2021. Her poems appear in POETRY, American Poetry Review, and The Nation, among others. Her work has been selected for Best New Poets, the Williams Carlos Williams University Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and New South’s Poetry Prize. Julia is the editor of Construction Magazine. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Oregon and is completing her PhD at the University of Pennsylvania.
Airea D. Matthews is the author of Simulacra, winner of the 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets. Her work has appeared in Callaloo, Best American Poets, Harvard Review, American Poet, Los Angeles Review of Books, Tin House, and elsewhere. A past recipient of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and the Louis Untermeyer Scholarship from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, she is an assistant professor at Bryn Mawr College. Matthews is at work on her second collection, mundane gods.
Raena Shirali is the author of GILT (YesYes Books, 2017), which won the 2018 Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award. Winner of a Pushcart Prize & a former Philip Roth Resident at Bucknell University, Raena is also the recipient of prizes and honors from VIDA, Gulf Coast, Boston Review, & Cosmonauts Avenue. Her poems & reviews have appeared widely in American Poetry Review, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A Day, The Nation, The Rumpus, & elsewhere. Raena lives in Philly, where she is an Assistant Professor of English at Holy Family University. She was recently appointed Co-Editor-in-Chief for Muzzle Magazine.


September 29
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Event Category:


A Novel Idea
(267) 764-1202