Praise for Grown
“Claudia Wilson captures the wisdom and tribulation of innocence in these poems with subtly and brilliance. The voice here, a youth at play and too grown for they age at the same time, is laid out that Wilson’s most stunning and gutting moments are volleyed at you while you’re caught up in this chapbooks wit, humor, delicious curiosity and black, jubilant play. The poems here? Cuss ya cousin out kinda good. Grown is maybe one of my favorite chapbooks I’ve come across – brief, brilliant, and surely black.” -Danez Smith, Author of Don’t Call Us Dead
"Grown is an intentionally paced collection of poems with imagery that leaves readers mid-pulse at every line break. Each poem is weaved into a love song and a declaration. Wilson is careful, honest and edgy. And Grown is a well-crafted black girl hymn. It is not myth, it is fact: Claudia Wilson is beyond our time." -Porsha Olayiwola, Boston Poet Laurette and Co- Founder of House Slam
“This is a portrait of blackness and growing up assumed that you will become a woman like the women who raised you. It is a church, mired in themes of religion, redemption, betrayal, hurt, want, hunger, desire, survival, and a desperate need to be and become. This book is for anyone who looks at the ‘hood and sees an entire grove of novels unwriting themselves to image, for the hoodrats and college grads, and anyone who enjoys good writing.” -Akeem Rollins, Cleveland Slam Poet and Educator
Claudia M. Wilson is a poet, instructor, and social worker who lives and plays in Amherst, MA. They have featured at various venues in Ohio & Boston such as Writer's Block, Fazenda Queer Reading, & The Oberon. Claudia's present work in progress centers embodiment, familial relationships, blackness and living in the woods, and WWF wrestlers from the mid-'80s. They do creative community play in two collectives: the Mass Collective and the Black Girl Slumber Party Collective. Claudia studied English & Black Literature at The Ohio State University and is a TWH & VONA graduate. Their forthcoming chapbook GROWN is published through Game Over Books Press and is about Claudia's time in foster care. They study poetry at Umass Amherst and they live in the woods with their cat Pablo a.k.a Lil Pooder a.k.a Pooderbutt. Claudia is an avid watcher of Game of Thrones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Westworld. They're originally from Cleveland & Columbus, Ohio.
Suggested donation: $3
Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 7:00pm
9 College st.
South Hadley, MA 01075
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