Happy Pride Month! You Can’t Kill A Poet is back and they are bringing you phenomenal Philly queer and trans poets to share their work and fill the room with queer joy. Come join us at Tattooed Mom for a fun and gregarious night full of feelings. Doors at 7:30pm, reading at 8:00 pm.
This is a 21+ event, free to attend! Please feel welcome to wear masks but please sit this one out if you’re feeling sick. This reading is offered in partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia with support from The Pennsylvania Department of Education.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28TH
DOORS @ 7:30PM + SHOW @ 8PM
NO COVER // FREE FUN
RSVP: FB EVENT
Featuring Readings By:
Lydia Host is a transgender writer, poet, and literary translator living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in The Southern Review, The Global City Review, Stone of Madness Press, The Raven’s Perch Magazine, and others.
Khem Chanthavong (He/Him) is a 24 year old Lao Trans Tom and Queer multidisciplinary artist. Through spoken word poetry and R&B + neosoul music, Khem explores his movement through the world as a gender abundant brown trans person. His work highlights the significance of unpacking desirability politics while being fetishized, exploring queer intimacy as well as demanding respect and celebrating QTPOC joy under white supremacist America. His work also highlights finding self love and liberation while moving through grief, generational trauma and poverty. Khem hopes to always bring intentionality to a space whether that’s with warmth and intimacy or much needed disruption. QTPOC voices should always be centered and amplified when we have “Pride” in mind.
Dev Kiyota is an editor living in Philadelphia. A graduate of Temple University’s MFA in Creative Writing, they’re currently typing this bio, which you’ve just finished reading.
Evangeline Brooks is a coffee-worker, singer, poet & actress based in South West Philadelphia. Van is an unpublished poet, whose work revolves around Black Trans ancestry, feminine poz divinity, & the richness, weight, & cost of living in a body that is both desired & discounted. She is a daughter, a sister, a lover, a muse. She stands on the shoulders of many.
Julia Gwiazdowski is a Philly-born and based poet and musician. She often writes on queerness, gender, and mental illness but also can’t resist dabbling in ekphrastic pieces and love poems. She’s been published in Wizards In Space, Stone of Madness Press, and Moss Puppy Magazine.
Trina Sanyal (they/them) is a comic and poet based in Philly. After their first You Can’t Kill a Poet, they were so encouraged and moved by the space that they went on to organize a community reading at Partner and Sons connecting other writers and friends to each other, and have also read their work at the Kelly Writers House as a part of their Philly Artist series for WXPN. They hope to keep reading, writing, laughing, loving etc etc.
What’s Up at TMoms:
• Enjoy Mom’s happy hour! All drafts are just $4 every day from 4-6pm!
• Tattooed Mom will also be serving tasty eats and ice cold drinks all evening.
• Upstairs dining, bar access, and event entry is 21+ w/ valid ID.