Boise Poetry Fans: Mark Your Calendars With These Two Reading Events 

click to enlarge Poet Danez Smith will perform at Ghosts & Projectors this month.

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Poet Danez Smith will perform at Ghosts & Projectors this month.

Forget "Ode to a Grecian Urn." Poetry has started to slip from the purview of betweeded, white lit bros to women, people of color and LGBTQ artists, and its concerns from "Does 'Birkenstock' rhyme well with 'engraved lawn rock?'" to lived experiences and contemporary problems. Two upcoming poetry events in Boise will give voice to that shift.

On Tuesday, Nov. 27, The Cabin will continue its Ghosts & Projectors poetry reading series at The Linen Building, where Danez Smith, Yoshyhwh Ben Yisrael and K Lange will all read from their work. Smith is a black, queer, HIV-positive poet who hails from St. Paul, Minnesota. Their 2017 book, Don't Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press), won the Forward Prize for Best Collection and the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Award.


Yisrael has spent more than a decade as a performance poet, and has been a part of 10 National Poetry Slam teams, where he has been a finalist once and a semi-finalist twice, and is a co-founder of Mic Check, one of Texas' longest-running poetry reading events. K Lange is a Boise-based poet and UFO-enthusiast whose work has been published in Sink Hollow and Uproot, and who has three self-published collections.

The event begins at 7 p.m., and tickets are $6 for students, $8 for members of The Cabin and $10 for the general public.

Then on Saturday, Dec. 8, Neckar Coffee will host Sema, which organizer and Boise poet CL Young said she hopes will be a recurring reading series. The inaugural event will feature queer Orlando, Florida-based fiction author and essayist Kristen Arnett, whose work won Ninth Letter's Literary Award in Fiction in 2015, and has appeared in The Normal School, TriQuarterly, McSweeneys, Literary Hub, Catapult and numerous other publications.

Joining her will be Boise poet Tyler Brewington, co-author of Boyfriend Mountain. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and is free to attend. 
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