Please join us for a special presentation of the National Book Foundation:
A New Queer Canon
featuring award-winning authors Garth Greenwell and Camonghne Felix
Garth Greenwell is the author of What Belongs to You, which won the British Book Award for Debut of the Year, among several other recognitions. Camonghne Felix is the author of the poetry collection, Build Yourself a Boat, which was longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award in Poetry. The authors will read from their books, with a book signing to follow. The event will be emceed by William Johnson, Lambda Literary coordinator.
All are welcome to join us!
Garth Greenwell is the author of What Belongs to You, which won the British Book Award for Debut of the Year, was longlisted for the National Book Award and was a finalist for six other awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice, it was named a Best Book of 2016 by more than 50 publications in nine countries, and is being translated into a dozen languages. A new book of fiction, Cleanness, was published by FSG in January. He lives in Iowa City and is currently teaching at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
Camonghne Felix is a poet, a writer, speaker and political strategist. She received an M.A. in Arts Politics from NYU, an MFA from Bard College and has received Fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo and Poets House. Camonghne is the Director of Surrogates & Strategic Communications at Elizabeth Warren for President. Her first full-length collection of poems, Build Yourself a Boat (Haymarket Books), was longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award in Poetry. Her debut was also a 2017 University of Wisconsin Press Brittingham and Pollak Prize finalist, and a 2017 Fordham University Poets Out Loud semifinalist. The author of the chapbook Yolk, she was recently listed by Black Youth Project as a "Black Girl From the Future You Should Know."
William Johnson is a Brooklyn-based essayist, cultural critic and arts administrator. His writing has appeared in numerous art catalogs and periodicals, including CrushFanazine, LitHub and Spunk. He is currently the Deputy Director of Lambda Literary, an organization dedicated to promoting LGBTQ literature.
Sponsored by the English Department