Haunted and haunting, How We Fight for Our Lives is a stunning coming-of-age memoir. Jones tells the story of a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, and within his own hopes, desires, and fears. Through a series of vignettes that chart a course across the American landscape, Jones draws readers into his boyhood and adolescence—into tumultuous relationships with his family, into passing flings with lovers, friends, and strangers. Each piece builds into a larger examination of race and queerness, power and vulnerability, love and grief: a portrait of what we all do for one another—and to one another—as we fight to become ourselves.
Saeed Jones is the editor of BuzzFeed LGBT and a Pushcart Prize winning poet. His debut poetry collection Prelude to Bruise is out now from Coffee House Press. His memoir How We Fight For Our Lives was winner of the 2019 Kirkus Prize in Nonfiction and was named one of the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2019.
Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, Kiese Laymon, Ottilie Schillig Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi, is the author of the novel Long Division and a collection of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America. He is also the author of the memoir Heavy.
This virtual event is free and open to the public. Jones’ How We Fight for Our Lives, Prelude to Bruise, & When the Only Light is Fire and Kiese’s Heavy, Long Division, & How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America are available for purchase online at Charis Books.
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