Valerie Wetlaufer Reading & Signing "Call Me by My Other Name": May 13
Call Me by My Other Name by Lambda Award-winning poet Valerie Wetlaufer
Call Me by My Other Name is a fierce, unforgettable book about bodies and desire. Told in three voices—two historical figures, and a meta-poetic third voice that connects past to present—Wetlaufer's story weaves a brutal narrative of how we are taught to masquerade queer gender and yearning. Deeply affecting, the inventive language of these crucial, well-crafted poems transports at the same time as it transcends, embracing ambiguity, balancing intimacy and reserve. This much-anticipated second book by the Lambda Award-winning writer demonstrates that poetry, at its best, is capable of deliverance.
"In Valerie Wetlaufer’s poems, the body is the ultimate mystery: a complex and paradoxical site which generates both pleasure and pain, delight and shame. It is political as well as personal, though inherently tied to no specific set of gender roles or types of desire. This is a book that questions our ideas of intimacy and marriage, at a time when we still imagine that certain bodies must live outside the bounds of “normal” life. A book of historical monologues as well as documentary and personal lyrics, this book is raw, funny, tender, and razor-sharp. Wetlaufer’s is a bracing, and necessary voice."
Valerie Wetlaufer is a poet, editor, and educator. Her first book of poetry, Mysterious Acts by My People (Sibling Rivalry Press 2014), won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry. Valerie holds a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Utah, an MFA in Poetry from Florida State University, and an MA in Teaching from Bennington College. She lives in Cedar Rapids, IA.