*CANCELED* EMERSON WHITNEY reads from their debut memoir HEAVEN in conversation with JOS CHARLES and DAN BUSTILLO

Heaven (McSweeney's)

Emerson Whitney writes, “Really, I can’t explain myself without making a mess.” What follows is that mess—electrifying, gorgeous, defiant. At Heaven’s center, Whitney seeks to understand their relationship to their mother and grandmother, those first windows into womanhood and all its consequences. Whitney retraces a roving youth in deeply observant, psychedelic prose—all the while folding in the work of thinkers like Judith Butler, Donna Haraway, and C. Riley Snorton—to engage transness and the breathing, morphing nature of selfhood.

An expansive examination of what makes us up, Heaven wonders what role our childhood plays in who we are. Can we escape the discussion of causality? Is the story of our body just ours? With
extraordinary emotional force, Whitney sways between theory and memory in order to explore these brazen questions and write this unforgettable book.

Advance Praise for Heaven:

“A forceful act of writing.”
—Eileen Myles

“The book of deepest affections, a harrowing book, a bewitched book... pain made utterly beautiful.”
—Ilya Kaminsky

“A poetic, candid, probing reckoning with childhood, the maternal, gender, and the possibilities of theory which will both speak to its time and outlast it.”
—Maggie Nelson

“Elegantly poetic, beautiful, brutal, and wise. Heaven is a wonder.”
—Michelle Tea

“Pitch-perfect... Hundreds of years from now, readers can better appreciate this time and this nation through Emerson Whitney’s extraordinary lens.”

“Necessary reading for anyone who’s used language, who has had a mother, who has a body at all.”
—Sam Sax

Emerson Whitney is the author of Ghost Box. Emerson teaches in the BFA creative writing program at Goddard College and is a postdoctoral fellow in gender studies at the University of Southern California.

Jos Charles is author of feeld, a National Book Award long-listed finalist and winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series, selected by Fady Joudah (Milkweed Editions) and Safe Space (Ahsahta Press). From 2013-2018 she served as the founding-editor for THEM lit, a trans literary journal. She is a PhD student at UC Irvine and currently resides in Long Beach, CA.

Dan/Dani Bustillo is a trans* androgyne hailing from Miami and a few other places--some planets among them. They are currently a third-year PhD student in Visual Studies at University of California, Irvine. Their work examines the visual culture of security in the U.S. and its impact on ethnoracialized gender nonconforming life. They are interested in security media of the everyday as well as counter security media produced through resistance. Bustillo is one half of the artist collective, The Best Friends Learning Gang, a decentralized and queerly messy pedagogical experiment that hosts expertless workshops on topics the organizers know nothing about. Under another name, Bustillo is also a host of cryptoparties.

Event date: 
Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Heaven Cover Image
ISBN: 9781944211769
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Published: McSweeney's - April 14th, 2020

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ISBN: 9781571315052
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Published: Milkweed Editions - August 14th, 2018

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ISBN: 9781934103708
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Published: Ahsahta Press - October 1st, 2016