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RuPaul Poetry Chapbook Launch: RELYING ON THAT BODY

  • Evolution Wonder Lounge 10220 103 Street Northwest Edmonton, AB, T5J 0Y8 Canada (map)

Start your engines: we're about to launch the most *sickening* chapbook of poetry!

Every week while season 10 of RuPaul's Drag Race was airing, Matthew Stepanic wrote a poem dedicated to each week's eliminated queen and shared it on his social media. We've collected all fourteen of those gag-worthy poems in a single chapbook, RELYING ON THAT BODY.

At the event, Matthew will perform poems from his chapbook alongside special guest poet Grayson Thate, Edmonton's Youth Poet Laureate! This is a FREE event and chapbooks will be available to purchase for $10 each.

Learn more about the chapbook and pre-order it here:

RELYING ON THAT BODY collects together all of Matthew Stepanic’s poems from his #RuPoems cycle, in which he wrote a poem dedicated and in response to each week’s eliminated queen from season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race and shared it on his social media. In fourteen poems that vary in form and style, Stepanic explores queer concerns, including male intimacy, internalized homophobia, body issues, and sexual assault. More than a companion guide to the TV season, this chapbook works to further personal and political conversations initiated by the show’s stars. Fans of poetry and Drag Race alike will discover valuable takeaways and inspiration from this moving collection that examines complex and fluctuating queer identities.

MATTHEW STEPANIC is the editor of Glass Buffalo, the poetry editor for Eighteen Bridges, and a freelance writer and editor. His poetry has appeared in Eighteen Bridges, The New Quarterly, Poetry Is Dead, and others, and his short fiction on coffee sleeves. His first book, the collaborative novel Project Compass, was published by Monto Books in Fall 2017.

GRAYSON THATE is a poet and tap dancer based in Edmonton. He is Edmonton’s third Youth Poet Laureate, and his work is largely influenced by the sociopolitical climate and by his experiences as a queer artist.