VIRTUAL: Live via Zoom!
Tuesday, June 21st, 7:30 PM ET
Raquel Gutiérrez presents Brown Neon: Essays and Arianne Zwartjes presents These Dark Skies: Reckoning with Identity, Violence, and Power from Abroad
Multimodal authors Raquel Gutiérrez and Arianne Zwartjes join us from way out west to present their newest books, essay collections that delve fearlessly into questions of self, space, and ways of living in a world breaking down. In These Dark Skies, Arianne Zwartjes interweaves the experience of living in the southern Netherlands—with her wife, who is Russian—and the unfolding of both the refugee crisis across Europe and the uptick in terrorist acts in France, Greece, Austria, Germany, and the Balkans. She probes her own subjectivity, as a white American, as a queer woman in a transcultural marriage, as a writer, and as a witness. Raquel Gutiérrez’s debut essay collection Brown Neon--part butch memoir, part ekphrastic travel diary, part queer family tree--gleans insight from the sediment of land and relationships. Whether contemplating the value of adobe as both vernacular architecture and commodified art object, highlighting the feminist wounding and transphobic apparitions haunting the multi-generational lesbian social fabric, or recalling a failed romance, Gutiérrez traverses complex questions of gender, class, identity, and citizenship with curiosity and nuance. Join us virtually for a very special double-header featuring two of the most exploratory, expansive voices in the essay form.