Achy Obejas and Phillip B. Williams

Tuesday October 12, 5:30 pm Central   

Two poets who chart new territory in the landscape of identity and community

Join us as poets Achy Obejas and Phillip B. Williams share poetry from their new releases and shed light on how poetry leads our languages in representing marginalized voices, identities, and truths. The poets will be in conversation with poet Gary Dop.  

In Boomerang/Bumerán (Beacon Press), Achy Obejas offers a unique bilingual collection written in a bold, mostly gender-free English and Spanish. The poems address immigration, displacement, love (lost and found), and activism—that is, on ways of addressing injustice and repairing the world. The volume will be both inspiration and support for readers living with marginalized identities and those who love and stand with them.

In Mutiny (Penguin Poets), Phillip B. Williams conjures the hell of being erased, exploited, and ill-imagined—and then, through a generosity of vision, propels himself into life, selfhood, and a path forward. Intimate, bold, and sonically mesmerizing, Mutiny addresses loneliness, desire, doubt, and the borderline between beauty and tragedy. Williams honors the transformative power of anger, and the clarity that comes from allowing that anger to burn clean.

Free to attend, registration required. We hope to “see” you there!


Copies of the books can be purchased in advance using the button below—a copy of Boomerang/ Bumerán includes a bookplate SIGNED by Achey Obejas! Books are provided by Magers & Quinn Booksellers in Minneapolis; purchasing them here helps support them AND Rain Taxi’s Twin Cities Book Festival—thank you!

Pick Up Boomerang/
Bumerán

PRICE $16

BOOK PURCHASE with Local Pickup at Magers & Quinn Booksellers in Minneapolis, MN (price includes sales tax)

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Bumerán

PRICE: $19

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Praise for Boomerang/ Bumerán:

These poems ring like bells that toll for all we’ve lost, yet proclaim all we strive to reclaim; they sing like achoir of lyrical harmonies that praise yet lament heritage, sexuality, love, and language; they mesmerize uslike meditations that transfix with the promise of ascension.

—Richard Blanco

Pick Up Mutiny

PRICE $21

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PRICE: $24

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Praise for Mutiny:

This book is for the ages. It hits on so many levels: urgency, complexity, formal inventiveness, depth of feeling, and pleasure in language . . . Sweeping and intimate, fierce and tender, visceral and virtuosic . . . Rage and pure passion jump off the page.

—The Adroit Journal

About the Authors

Achy Obejas is a Cuban American writer, translator, and activist whose work focuses on personal and national identity. Her story collection, The Tower of the Antilles, was a PEN/Faulkner finalist and her novel, Days of Awe, was called one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times. Her poetry has appeared in Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly, Another Chicago Magazine, and many other publications. A native of Havana, she currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Phillip B. Williams is the author of Mutiny and Thief in the Interior, which received the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award and a 2017 Lambda Literary award. He is also the author of the chapbooks Bruised Gospels and Burn. Williams’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Boston Review, Callaloo, Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and others. He is the recipient of a 2020 creative writing grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a 2017 Whiting Award, and a 2013 Ruth Lilly Fellowship. He serves as a faculty member at Bennington College and Randolph College low-res MFA.

photo © Beowolf Sheehan


Gary Dop is the author of the poetry collection Father, Child, Water (Red Hen Press) and the play Deemocracy: An American Absurdity in One Ac (Rain Taxi).  Dop’s poems, stories, and essays have appeared in Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, New Letters, and on NPR, among other placesDop earned his MFA at the University of Nebraska, and is the recipient of the Great Plains Emerging Writer Prize, a Pushcart Prize Special Mention, and the Gillie A. Larew Distinguished Teaching Award. He is the Director of the Randolph College low-residency MFA Program, which Poets & Writers hailed as a “a new kind of MFA program that makes diversity its mission.”