Book Launch // Meet Me There: Normal Sex & Home in three days. Don’t wash.

Join us for a celebration of Samuel Ace / Linda Smukler’s Meet Me There: Normal Sex & Home in three days. Don’t wash. (Belladonna* 2018), a timely republication of two poetry collections first issued in the mid-90s by Linda Smukler, and brought together here with a new introduction and poetry by Samuel Ace, as well as a collection of commemorative essays by a community of writers impacted by the works of Ace and Smukler both in the past and present.

For the occasion, Ace presents a sound performance and readings from Meet Me There, as well as his forthcoming collection Our Weather, Our Sea (Black Radish Books). He is joined by Ari Banias, Kay Gabriel, and Yanyi.

Online tickets are available at the link above until an hour before this event. Unless otherwise noted, tickets will continue to be available at the door.

Samuel Ace

Samuel Ace is a trans and genderqueer poet and sound artist, and the author of several books, most recently Our Weather Our Sea, (Black Radish Books, 2019). He is the recipient of the Astraea Lesbian Writers and Firecracker Alternative Book awards, as well as a two-time finalist for both the Lambda Literary Award and the National Poetry Series. Recent work can be found in Poetry, PEN America, Best American Experimental Poetry, and many other journals and anthologies. He currently teaches poetry and creative writing at Mount Holyoke College in western Massachusetts.

Ari Banias

Ari Banias is the author of Anybody (W.W. Norton, 2016). He is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, NYFA, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, Stanford University, and the Fine Arts Work Center. Ari lives in Berkeley and teaches in the Bay Area. His most recent chapbook, A Symmetry, was published by The Song Cave in 2018.

Kay Gabriel

Kay Gabriel is a poet and essayist. She’s the author of Elegy Department Spring / Candy Sonnets 1 (BOAAT Press, 2017), the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Project and Lambda Literary, and recently completed her PhD in Classics. With Andrea Abi-Karam she’s co-editing an anthology of radical trans poetics, forthcoming fall 2020 from Nightboat Books.


Yanyi is associate editor at Foundry and the recipient of fellowships from Asian American Writers’ Workshop and Poets House. He won the 2018 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize, awarded by Carl Phillips, for The Year of Blue Water (Yale University Press, 2019). Find him at