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Saturday, June 11, 2016

All Hail Queen Christina

Queen Christina was a 15th C. Swedish monarch who abdicated the throne, some say to live as a man. This prompted a series of poems about historical and fictional characters who pushed boundaries, particularly gender boundaries, but also those who defied sexual convention or who I imagined defied convention.

The chapbook has been published as part of Ghost City Press's summer microchapbook series. Thanks to Kevin Bertolero for publishing my work.

You can download the chapbook here, along with others. You can either take the work for free or pay any amount you'd like. All proceeds go to the authors.

I read some of these poems last September during a reading with Daniel Allen Cox, Marcus McCann, Billeh Nickerson at Venus Envy in celebration of my husband's birthday. It was a great party. I hope this chapbook is a great party for you! With Pride coming up soon, let's take the opportunity to celebrate those who,  despite the merciless fucking treatment by this wretchedly conventional society, continue to push boundaries and make this a world worth living in.

Please watch this great documentary on Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.

& a postscript: my heart goes out to those who have been brutally murdered and wounded in Orlando, to their families, friends & the entire LGBTQ+ community.

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