Tiff Holland- My Mother's Transvestites, Book Launch on Zoom
Please join us as we celebrate the pandemic delayed and long awaited launch of Tiff Holland's full-length book of poetry "My Mother's Transvestites." Zoom info below.
In “My Mother’s Transvestites,” Tiff Holland takes a head-on look at issues of gender expression, starting with “Hot Work,” a poem that lovingly recalls the men who came to her mother for discreet help with unfamiliar wigs and makeup, and concluding with “The Last Dress,” where Holland expresses the uncomfortable realization that she eschewed jewelry because “all adornment was drag.” Drag becomes a touchstone in this book. Once I walked along a mountain path, and there were places so narrow that ropes had been strung for hikers to hold on to. Drag is like that rope for poems that peer down into gaping depths. It’s a lifeline through these deeply personal poems, and together, they offer a peak reading experience.
–Karen Craigo, author of Passing Through Humansville (Sundress, 2018) and No More Milk (Sundress, 2016)
At this moment in time when it seems everything is telling us to move more quickly, the poems in Tiff Holland’s collection somehow slow the world down and navigate the space between what can’t be said and what must be; they are both the eclipse and the box designed to view it. Rarely does a book so perfectly capture the past, the present, and the future, but somehow Holland’s poems accomplish this feat with both precision and beauty. This is truly a stunning debut from a remarkable poet.
Tiff Holland’s My Mother’s Transvestites is a salon where patrons can request any service without shame; where they are enhanced with empathy for the roughly used, and worlds of tension and heartache become the elegance of exact language. These honorable poems live among the everyday in service of difficult truth and the barely caught nuance of absolute beauty.
Tiff Holland’s poetry and prose appear regularly in journals and anthologies including: New World Writing, Elm Leaves Journal, New Flash Fiction and many others. Her chapbook “Bone in a Tin Funnel” is available from Pudding House Press. Tiff is the author of the award-winning flash fiction chapbook “Betty Superman” from Rose Metal Press which later adapted the collection as a novella-in-flash and featured it in the collection “My Very End of the Universe” which won an IPPY award.
Born and raised in northeast Ohio, Tiff has lived, worked, and studied in Georgia, Mississippi, Hawaii, and Texas. She earned a BA in Philosophy from Kent State as well as an MA in Literature. She received her PhD in Creative Writing from The Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Below is the Zoom information with the date change from 20 August to 21 August. The link looks the same to me. I've included it in case you want to verify for yourself.
Topic: BookWoman Poetry Reading 21 August
Time: Aug 21, 2020 06:45 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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