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Amber Tamblyn, author of Dark Sparkler

Amber Tamblyn author of Dark Sparkler

A Room of One's Own is delighted to host author, poet, and actress Amber Tamblyn for a reading and book signing at our store!

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ISBN: 9780062348166
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 7th, 2015

WI Fellowship of Poets WI Poets Calendar reading

Please join A Room of One's Own in honoring Wisconsin's rich and vibrant living tradition of poetry! Meet dozens of the area's talented poets for their reading in celebration of the 2016 WI Poets' Calendar.

Over forty-five Madison area poets will read poems from the 2016 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar on Sunday, October 18th, starting at 2:00 pm. This annual event, held at Room of One’s Own, celebrates the 30th year of publication of the calendar.

SKU: 9780979397684

Queer Voices in Fiction and Poetry: Oliver Bendorf, Brandy Wilson and Meg Day

Oliver Bendorf
“It’s a joy to come nearer to a realm of experience little explored in American poetry, the lives of those who are engaged in the complex project of transforming their own gender... Oliver Bendorf writes from a paradoxical, new-world position: the adult voice of a man who has just appeared in the world. A man emergent, a man in love, alive in the fluid instability of any category.” -Mark Doty

Oliver Bendorf is the author of The Spectral Wilderness, selected by Mark Doty for the 2013 Wick Poetry Prize. His poems have been anthologized in Best New Poets, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, and elsewhere, and he has received fellowships from the Lambda Literary Foundation and Vermont Studio Center, and the 2013 Doug Fir Fiction Award, selected by Lidia Yuknavitch. Oliver earned an MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is now an MA candidate in Library & Information Studies.

Brandy Wilson

Set in the 1920s, The Palace Blues traces the physical and emotional journey of self-discovery and identity-a quest for place for Frankie, a white, Texas tomboy who falls for Jean Bailey, an African American, cross-dressing blues singer.

Brandy T. Wilson, author of The Palace Blues: A Novel earned her PhD at Florida State University. Her work has appeared in Robert Olen Butler’s From Where You DreamNinth LetterG.R.I.T.S. Girls Raised in theSouth, and Pank Magazine among other publications. She was a 2010 Lambda Literary Retreat Emerging LGBT Voices Fellow in fiction and was awarded three Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference scholarships, the George M. Harper Endowment Fund Award, and the Astraea Emerging Lesbian Writers Fund Finalist Award. She currently teaches writing, literature, and Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Memphis along with coaching and editing writers on various projects from memoir, novel, to self-help and educational literature.

Meg Day
"Meg Day writes: “At five, I pressed my lips to the grate of my grandmother’s/ Crosley, let broadcasts buzz into the pipe of my jawbone/ & learned to listen with my tongue.” And this deep listening is, indeed, what she accomplishes throughout these poems. Meg Day grapples with serious themes-illness, violence, suicide, grief- with admirable skill and approaches issues of sexual orientation, identity, and gender with a true poet’s passion, as in her tour de force, “Batter My Heart, Transgender’d God”: “Terror, do not depart/ but nest in the hollows of my loins... My knees, bring me to them; force my head to bow again. Replay the murders of my kin until my mind’s made new”... This is muscular language, worthy of its inspiration. "
--Ellen Bass

Meg Day, recently selected for Best New Poets of 2013, is a 2013 recipient of an NEA
Fellowship in Poetry and the author of Last Psalm at Sea Level, When All You Have Is a Hammer and We Can’t Read This. A 2012 AWP Intro Journals Award Winner and 2014-2015 Steffensen-Cannon Fellow, she has also received awards and fellowships from the Lambda Literary Foundation, Hedgebrook, Squaw Valley Writers, the Taft-Nicholson Center for Environmental Humanities, Point Foundation, and the International Queer Arts Festival. Meg is currently a PhD fellow in Poetry & Disability Poetics at the University of Utah.

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Wisconsin Poets' Calendar Reading

Over thirty-five Madison area poets will read poems from the 2015 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar on Sunday, October 5th, starting at 2:00 pm. This annual event, held at Room of One’s Own, celebrates the 29th year of publication of the calendar. Steve and Jeanie Tomasko edited the 2015 calendar, which is a publication of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets. The reading is a wonderful opportunity to hear a variety of poetic takes on the seasons. It is also a good time to get a head start on holiday shopping--signed copies of the calendar make great gifts!

SKU: 9780979397660

Fat Poets Speak: Eileen Rosensteel and Mary Ray Worley

A Room of One's Own is delighted to welcome two of the contributors to Fat Poets Speak 2 for a reading and signing at our store! Come support the perspectives and art of local poets Eileen Rosensteel and Mary Ray Worley!

Eileen Rosensteel is a bodacious Bohemian committed to embodying sacredness. Finding inspiration in stories of forgotten foremothers and community, she creates poetry, performance art and healing rituals. Her portfolio includes a show about the fat ladies of the circus, dancing in a non-normative body and poetry about what it’s like being a fat woman in today’s society. She stirs life up from her hometown of Madison, WI. Her work has been shared on stage as well as in We’Moon, Breadcrumb Scabs, and Madison Magazine.

About Mary Ray Worley: I believe in compassion, kindness, generosity, and nonviolence in all spheres of life. I help with the music for the service in Spanish at Grace Episcopal Church in downtown Madison at noon on Sundays.

I'm a freelance copyeditor, sometimes known as the comma police. I have a semicolon and I know how to use it. Be afraid. Be very afraid! My supervisor is Smudgie the cat. I want to be a writer when I grow up.

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By Frannie Zellman (Editor)
ISBN: 9781597190794
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Published: Pearlsong Press - April 1st, 2014

Love & Lust Annual Evening of Poetry and Song!

Join us for the delightful annual evening of love-ly poetry and song, Love and Lust!


Andrea Potos

Katrin Talbot

Robin Smith Chapman

Marilyn Annucci

Music by women's accapella Ancestra

Bellydancing by Daniyah! 

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ISBN: 9781907056925
Availability: Special Order
Published: Salmon Publishing - August 10th, 2012

The UW-Madison LGBT Campus Center presents The Trans Monologues

A Room of One's Own is proud to host the Trans Monologues, sponsored and presented by the UW-Madison LGBT Campus Center!

Come join the Madison community for a night of honest expression about the joys and trials of being trans, genderqueer, MtF, FtM, butch, nelly, queenie, drag, and anywhere on or off the gender-variant spectrum.

Jim Stevens and Roberta Hill Poetry Reading

Join A Room of One's Own in welcoming two talented local poets, Jim Stevens and Roberta Hill, for an evening of truth and beauty through poetry.

SKU: 9781878660282

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ISBN: 9780985981808
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Published: Holy Cow Press - May 28th, 2013

Poetry for All Seasons! Wisconsin Poets' Calendar Reading

Poets from the greater Madison area who have poems appearing in the 2014 Wisconsin Poets' Calendar will gather to read their work.  RSVPs are still coming in, but in previous years 30-35 poets have taken part.  Poems will be read in calendar order; time permitting, each poet may read one other short selection.  Come and

SKU: 97809793976

WI Book Festival

A Room of One's Own is once again pleased to be a part of the Wisconsin Book Festival! You will find amazing Wisconsin authors reading and signing books all over town, including here at Room and at the beautiful new Downtown Central Library!


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