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Pride Poetry Night with Anthony DiPietro & Kris Ringman

June 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us on Thursday, June 13th at 6:00 p.m. for a pride poetry reading with Anthony DiPietro, author of kiss & release, and Kris Ringman, author of Sail Skin. An ASL interpreter will be at this event.  kiss & release by Anthony DiPietro

You may assume “this is a failed romantic gesture” or else “the best thing that happened to sex/since the devil invented it.”

If a poetry book could sleep around, get divorced, and fall in love with a hookup, that book would be kiss & release.

If a book could kill a snake to revive a dead lover, this one would. This book parties, hollers (and whispers) at hotties, and craves escape: “I will invent a way.”

If you’ve ever been bored during group sex, this book’s for you.

Do not read while driving: the book’s already driving too fast, singing loudly, and using Siri to reply to f***boys.

Anthony DiPietro is a gay sex poet and arts administrator originally from Providence, Rhode Island. He has lived throughout New England and in California, New York, Oregon, and Tennessee. A graduate of Brown University with honors in creative writing, he also earned a creative writing MFA at Stony Brook University. Now deputy director of Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, he resides in Worcester, MA. He composed his 2021 chapbook And Walk Through (Seven Kitchens Press) on a typewriter during the pandemic lockdowns. kiss & release is his debut collection. His writing and readings are featured on his website, www.AnthonyWriter.com.

Sail Skin: Poems by Kris Ringman

“Kris Ringman’s Sail Skin reads like a haunting love letter to nature. The moment the speaker sees a tiger is ‘a gunshot.’ ‘A boat like a bird” rises and falls “between sea and sky … with the ripples of their exchange.’ And at the heart of the book is the startling image of a boat with sails like ‘the thin membranes of wings.’ This is a most beautiful and magical book that explores the space between animals and humans, the inanimate and animate, the dead and alive.”—Sarah Katz, author of Country of Glass

Weaving deftly among animals and shipwrecks in her debut poetry collection, Kris Ringman searches for a home both within and without her deafness.

Kris Ringman (they/she) is a Deaf queer author, artist, and wanderer. They write multi-cultural lyrical fiction and poetry inspired by their persistent wanderings to far off places and the magical inspiration they gets from nature. They are the author of Sail Skin: poems (Handtype Press, 2022), two Lambda Literary Finalist books: I Stole You: stories from the fae (Handtype Press, 2017) and Makara: a novel (Handtype Press, 2012), and the editor of Everyday Haiku: an anthology (Wandering Muse Press, 2017). Both their fiction and poetry have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. They received their MFA from Goddard College and have attended the Gullkistan Residency for Creative People in Iceland, three A Room of her Own (AROHO) Women’s Writing Retreats at Ghost Ranch, and the 4th Zoeglossia Retreat. When they’re not writing or making art, they can be found on the ocean or in the mountains. Kris is currently working on their next poetry collection and literary upmarket fiction novels that play along the boundaries of magical realism, fantasy, and horror.


June 13
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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