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Book Release: Blood, Skin, and Water by Camille McDaniel

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Join us for the release of Blood, Skin, and Water!

Friday, April 26th, 7:30pm at Sims Library of Poetry


Featuring Camille Terry McDaniel

With Guest Poets

Hosted by TBA
Includes Open Mic in collaboration with Community Literature Initiative's Long Beach Chapter

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About Blood, Skin, and Water

Blood, Skin, and Water is a complicated letter of love and lament to familial legacy and how it informs the physical and spiritual self. At its core, it’s a story of resilience through a Black, queer, and disabled lens. Despite loss, death, illness, and the violent experience of being Black and femme in a world that loves to hate—I am still here. My community is still here; and we deserve to cry, curse, love on each other, disappear into our heads, then celebrate when we find our way out. Blood, Skin, and Water is a testament to being—in spite of it all.

About Camille Terry McDaniel

Camille McDaniel is a Portland, Oregon-based poet, fiber artist, copywriter, and cat enthusiast. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Rue Scribe, Variety Pack, $, Sundress Publications’ A Body You Talk To: An Anthology of Contemporary Disability, and was a finalist for the Frontier Poetry Industry Prize. She’s lived in Long Beach, Boston, Harlem, Paris, and (a true Sagittarius) is constantly fighting the urge to make another drastic change in scenery.

Praise for Blood, Skin, and Water

"In Blood, Skin, and Water, McDaniel cements herself as a commanding and memorable poetic voice. She invites us to look not only inward but also at the communities we are a part of and how we might better love them. There is so much pain and so much life in Blood, Skin, and Water, and we are very lucky to be able to read it."

--Tommy Domino, Author of Switches, Hot Wheel Tracks & Extension Cords

"Blood, Skin, and Water is a sharply observed debut with a bellyfull of emotion. They carefully pick out the sacred from the quotidian, hearing hymns even in a tub drain; they pay homage to their ancestors in the drawl of Black jazz poets, and the rhythmic acrylics of fellow Black girls. Above all, Blood, Skin, and Water realizes that while pain is passed down, we may still live loudly." 

--Marie Ee, Writer and Director of Rasa Sayang

"McDaniel offers an urgent poetics that leaves no sensation left unwritten, no suspicion left unheard. Blood, Skin, and Water’s mediations are both intimate and political, never shying from naming the violence we endure publicly and privately. As an antidote, she asks us to stay with the grief, joy, boredom, pain, and love of our pasts and of what may be our certain futures."

--Boz Deseo Garden, Author of The Nocturnal Letter: Blackness, Enjoyment, and the Slave(ry) of Discourse

"A spiritual current runs through Blood, Skin, and Water, rhythmically calling the reader forward, deeper, to freedom. With magnetic vulnerability, Camille McDaniel explores family, community, and resilience in a powerful and memorable new voice."

--Theo DeMarco, Author

Keep up with the author: @camilleterrycreative 

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