Matty Layne Glasgow, author of Deciduous Qween, with Debra Marquart

Event date: 
Monday, February 3, 2020 - 6:00pm
Matty Layne Glasgow event

A Room of One's Own welcomes poet Matty Layne Glasgow, author of deciduous qween!

Through the creaking of bedazzled branches and the soft rustle of jeweled leaves, deciduous qween explores the queer world all around us--how we, like our environment, wear and shed different identities in our performance as human, as drag queen, as ancient tree. This collection reveals in the natural world those ephemeral moments which reflect our own truths and confront our fear of death, of loneliness, and of failure. With an air of Southern Gothic mysticism, the poet reflects on a childhood spent in Houston's bayous, an adolescence rife with curiosity and shame, and a young adulthood marred by the loss of his mother. How do our bodies and minds find equilibrium as we learn to let go, yet long to remember? The title poem, "deciduous qween, I-V," binds the collection in a five-part sequence, pondering those things that are lost in the seasons of our lives: teeth, antlers, body, shape, and leaf. And it's those sharp edges of loss and the scars they leave behind that linger here, like bark stripped from a swaying willow, or a family bereft of its matriarch.

Matty Layne Glasgow's recent poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, Ecotone, Missouri Review, Poetry Daily, Houston Public Media, and elsewhere. He is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Utah where he serves as the Wasatch Writers in the Schools Coordinator and the Assistant Editor for Quarterly West. In his downtime, you can find him worshiping his holy trinity of trees, drag queens, and Kacey Musgraves. 

UPDATE: Matty will be joined at this reading by Iowa Poet Laureate Debra Marquart!

Event address: 
315 W. Gorham St.
Madison, WI 53703-2218
Deciduous Qween By Matty Layne Glasgow Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597092586
Availability: In stock with our warehouse--usually ships within 1-7 days. May or may not be in stock at Room.
Published: Red Hen Press - June 4th, 2019