Join us as we celebrate the launch of this tremendous chapbook at Poets House with Francisco Delgado, Nita Noveno & Jason Schneiderman!
No cover; light refreshments will be served! There will be a reception in the Poets House library following the reading. Copies of the chapbooks will be available for sale.
Introduced by Craig Santos Perez, Adolescence, Secondhand offers flashes of boyhood through a subtle dissection of class, race, and the failure of American suburban dreams. Houses burn and firecrackers pop while children navigate the ever-present violences that float within their lives. The writing is succinct and fantastical -- Delgado poignantly renders a world of ache, wonder, and longing onto the page.
Both stumbling and sure, Delgado's narrator Chris strives to reconcile a cultural menagerie of TV shows and wrestling heroes with the blurred reality of friendship, family, and self. These stories are tightly crafted and quietly crushing: within them, we join Chris and bear witness to a multitude of griefs, and the joys hidden and discovered in their core.
Francisco Delgado is an Assistant Professor in English at Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY). He lives in Queens with his wife, Roseanne, and their son, Riordan. His creative work has appeared in such places as Glimmer Train, Pithead Chapel, and Side B Magazine. Adolescence, Secondhand is his first chapbook.
Nita Noveno is a writer and professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Nita writes about memory, culture, identity, and immigrant lives. She is the founder and host of Sunday Salon, a monthly prose reading in its sixteenth year in NYC. A graduate of the New School MFA Creative Writing Program, she has been published most recently in About Place Journal and the Asian American Writers Workshop’s Open City Magazine. She was born in Southeast Alaska and lives in Queens.
Jason Schneiderman is the author of four books of poems: Hold Me Tight (Red Hen 2020); Primary Source (Red Hen Press 2016), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Prize; Striking Surface (Ashland Poetry Press 2010),winner of the Richard Snyder Prize, and Sublimation Point (Four Way Books 2004), a Stahlecker Selection. He edited the anthology Queer: A Reader for Writers (Oxford University Press 2016). His poetry and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including American Poetry Review, The Best American Poetry, Poetry London, Grand Street, The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, Story Quarterly, and Tin House. He has received fellowships from Yaddo, The Fine Arts Work Center, and The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He was the recipient of the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America in 2004, and a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award in 2011. He is an Associate Editor at Painted Bride Quarterly. He is an Associate Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York. He lives in Brooklyn with his husband Michael Broder.