Danez & the Homies

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 6:30pm
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77006

Danez will be joined by Tarfia Faizullah.

In 2017, Graywolf Press published Danez Smith’s brilliant and powerful Don’t Call Us Dead, which was a finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry, winner of the UK’s Forward Prize for Best Collection, and winner of the Poetry Society of America's Four Quartets Prize. Published to widespread acclaim, including three starred pre-publication reviews, the book is a searing exploration of racism, police brutality, desire, and mortality. The Washington Post called it a “stunning collection” and the New Yorker wrote, “These poems can’t make history vanish, but they can contend against it with the force of a restorative imagination. Smith’s work is about that imagination—its role in repairing and sustaining communities, and in making the world more bearable.”

Now, Smith is back with their highly anticipated third collection, Homie. A magnificent anthem about the saving grace of friendship, Homie is rooted in their search for joy and intimacy in a time where both are scarce. In poems of rare power and generosity, Smith acknowledges that in a country overrun by violence, xenophobia, and disparity, and in a body defined by race, queerness, and diagnosis, it can be hard to survive, even harder to remember reasons for living. But then the phone lights up, or a shout comes up to the window, and family—blood and chosen—arrives with just the right food and some redemption. Part friendship diary, part bright elegy, part war cry, Homie is written for friends: for Danez’s, for yours.

Danez Smith is the author of Homie, Don’t Call Us Dead, winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection and a finalist for the National Book Award, and [insert boy], winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. They live in Minneapolis. www.danezsmithpoet.com 

Tarfia Faizullah was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Bangladeshi immigrants and raised in Texas. She is the author of two poetry collections, Registers of Illuminated Villages  (Graywolf, 2018) and Seam (SIU, 2014). Her writing has appeared widely in the US and abroad in the Daily StarBuzzFeedHindu Business LineHuffington PostMs. magazine, the New Republic, the Nation,
Oxford American, Poetry magazine, and the Academy of American Poets website, as well as in the anthology Halal If You Hear Me (Haymarket, 2019) and the television show PBS News Hour.

Homie: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644450109
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Published: Graywolf Press - January 21st, 2020