Jenny Johnson will read from her new poetry collection In Full Velvet with the Pittsburgh Parks Summer Reading Series: Highland Park on June 30. This reading is hosted by Autumn House Press. Tell your friends you're going on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/133925477179196/
Jenny Johnson is a recipient of the 2015 Whiting Writers' Award, and the 2016 Hodder Fellowship at Princeton. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
"In this stunningly lyrical debut, Johnson probes issues of queer culture and love from an array of existential perspectives, creating a melodic and thought-provoking symphony on queer identity…. [A] miniature opus, alternately joyful and heartrending, achingly bittersweet.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The queer and blazing ecosystem Johnson establishes situates dyke bars in forests and forests in dyke bars, under swells of gym-class parachutes, all rendered in the jazz of Johnson’s lyricism. Vociferous, deciduous, fresh, and knowing, Johnson’s poems create a space in which readers can reveal themselves and dig deep.”
“Radical…. If In Full Velvet is a map of Johnson’s mind and memory, it is one worth saving. Johnson is precise with herself, patient with others. These poems celebrate the feeling of spinning in tight circles until all that is left the spiral, rushing from the inside out.”
“The queer valentine of the century…. A valentine-as-testament to the mysteries and mandates of human love….to queer human love...to perfect unrequited love, trenchant in memory...to imperfect requited love, more trenchant in memory still…. Perhaps most necessary and astonishing of all, this is a valentine to self-love and the elusive search for it…. Because of these poems, I see and more than see—they cause a wild trilling in my veins—the many quiet wonders of the world.”