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Nicky Beer and HS Prizewinners Poetry Reading, followed by conversation with Jen Jabaily-Blackburn

Tuesday, April 9, 2024 7-8:30 p.m.

Weinstein Auditorium
Open to the Public

Nicky Beer’s most recent work, Real Phonies and Genuine Fakes (Milkweed Editions, 2022), opens with the thrilling “Drag Day at Dollywood,” where multiple drag Dolly Partons piggyback and make mischief across Dollywood before coming to rest with a scene of Dollys cascading like happy dominoes, “[Dolly’s] head on Dolly’s breast,/who rests her head on Dolly’s breast, who rests/her head on Dolly’s breast on Dolly’s breast.” Beer’s poetics is a proud, visible queer/bi poetics that holds space for love, grief, and play. She is the author of two other collections of poetry, The Octopus Game (Carnegie Mellon, 2015) and The Diminishing House (Carnegie Mellon, 2010). Her awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, among others. She is an associate professor at the University of Colorado Denver, where she is a poetry editor for the journal Copper Nickel.