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The Queer Interior from Baldwin to Vuong: An Online Reading Group led by Thomas Dooley


4 sessions

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6/9, 6/30, 7/21, 8/11 Tuesdays, 6:00 pm EDT - 7:30 pm EDT June 9 to August 11, 2020

6-7:30pm ET / 3-4:30pm PT

In his revolutionary novel Giovanni’s Room, James Baldwin introduces David, a young man in flight from the desires of his heart and the increasingly dire pressures of the world around him. For many queer authors, this conflict is central to their characters as they chart a path through shame and grief, desire and joy. By chronicling the intricacies of the queer heart, these essential novels offer startling portraits of inner life that read as both anthem and elegy.

We will explore four visionary novels that imagine the interiors of queer identity: Giovanni’s Room (1956) by James Baldwin, Inferno (2010) by Eileen Myles, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (2019) by Ocean Vuong, and Grief (2006) by Andrew Holleran.

This reading group will take place online via Zoom. Participants will be emailed instructions for access prior to the first session.


Led by

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    Thomas Dooley

    Thomas Dooley

    Thomas Dooley is a poet who has taught creative writing and literature at New York University and Saint Peter’s University, respectively. As Artistic Director of Emotive Fruition, he has created and directed over thirty live literary events throughout New York City, bringing together hundreds of authors, performing artists, and audience members to engage with narrative poetry and storytelling. As a practitioner of medical humanities, Thomas is the Poet-in-Residences at New York Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center where he facilitates literature and writing workshops with clinical staff and narrative interventions at the bedsides of patients and caregivers. His debut collection, Trespass (Harper Perennial, 2014) was a winning selection by the National Poetry Series.