CANCELED Pages Bookshop Presents: Tommye Blount with Nandi Comer, and Scheherazade Washington-Parrish
We are thrilled to welcome poet Tommye Blount back to Pages for his latest collection of poetry, "Fantasia of the Man in Blue." Tommye will be joined by poets Nandi Comer and Scheherazade Washington-Parrish for a joint reading. What this means, is you'll get to experience the work of three amazing poets in one night!
This event is free and open to the public. Tommye's book will be available for purchase before and after the event.
About Fantasia for the Man in Blue:
In his debut collection, Fantasia for the Man in Blue, Tommye Blount orchestrates a chorus of distinct, unforgettable voices that speak to the experience of the black, queer body as a site of desire and violence. A black man’s late-night encounter with a police officer – the titular “man in blue” – becomes an extended meditation on a dangerous, erotic fantasy. The late Luther Vandross, resurrected here in a suite of poems, addresses the contradiction between his public persona and a life spent largely in the closet: “It’s a calling, this hunger / to sing for a love I’m too ashamed to want for myself.” In “Aaron McKinney Cleans His Magnum,” the convicted killer imagines the barrel of the gun he used to bludgeon Matthew Shepard as an “infant’s small mouth” as well as the “sad calculator” that was “built to subtract from and divide a town.” In these and other poems, Blount viscerally captures the experience of the “other” and locates us squarely within these personae.
A Cave Canem alumnus, TOMMYE BLOUNT is the author of Fantasia for the Man in Blue (Four Way Books, 2020) and What Are We Not For (Bull City Press, 2016). A graduate from Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers, he has been the recipient of scholarships and fellowships from Kresge Arts in Detroit and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Born and raised in Detroit, Blount now lives in the nearby suburb of Novi, Michigan.
NANDI COMER is a native Detroiter. She is the author of the American Family: A Syndrome (Finishing Line Press) and Tapping Out (Northwestern University Press, forthcoming). She has received fellowships from the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Cave Canem, Vermont Studio Center, and Virginia Center for the Arts. Her poems have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Green Mountains Review, Muzzle, The Offing and Southern Indiana Review.
SCHEHERAZADE WASHINGTON PARRISH is a writer, creative coach and educator
with a background in poetry.
As a writer, Scheherazade's work ranges from personal narrative to
formal verse, deconstructing societal, personal and political concepts
of duty and family. Her work has been published in journals and as part
of The Detroit Neighborhood Guidebook anthology, as well as murals, and
large scale visual art works. Her manuscript "Stretch Marks: A Mother's
Taboo" is a collection of poetry, essays and monologues which narrate