June 10, 2016 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Lambda Award-winning Cedar Rapids poet, Valerie Wetlaufer, will read from her much-anticipated second collection of poems, Call Me by My Other Name. This fierce, unforgettable book about bodies and desire is told in three voices— two historical figures, and a meta-poetic third voice that connects past to present. Wetlaufer's story weaves a brutal narrative of how we are taught to masquerade queer gender and yearning. Deeply affecting, the inventive language of these crucial, well-crafted poems transports at the same time as it transcends. Valerie Wetlaufer holds a BA in French and an MA in Teaching from Bennington College, an MFA in Poetry from the Florida State University, and a PhD in Literature & Creative Writing from the University of Utah, where she was a Vice Presidential Fellow. Her first book, Mysterious Acts by My People won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry.