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The But Also #17: Wilson, Choi and Alvarez


The But Also is excited to present CB Wilson, Franny Choi and Diana Alvarez for its 17th installment of living room poetry and performance.

Franny Choi
is the author of two poetry collections, Soft Science (Alice James Books, 2019) and Floating, Brilliant, Gone (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014). A Kundiman Fellow, she co-hosts the Poetry Foundation podcast VS and edits for Hyphen Magazine. She is a current Charles Gaius Bolin Fellow at Williams College.

CB Wilson is a bicoastal poet and baby clinician, skipping back and forth between Appalachia and the West Coast. Her work has appeared in Headwaters Journal, The Pedestal Review, Spitjaw Review, Rogue Agent, and Your One Phone Call, among others. She has been rejected by prestigious journals such as Ambit, The Adroit Journal, Tin House, and many, many more. In a former life, CB co-curated and hosted the decade-old quarterly reading series Juniper Bends out of North Carolina. In addition to all this, she also has a body.

With her voice and guitar, Diana Alvarez creates an atmosphere where you can hear a "pin drop." Alvarez's soulful, bilingual music exalts queer love and liberation, and is the armature of her multimedia performance, Quiero Volver: A Xicanx Ritual Opera. Described by the press as "a visually and acoustically stunning performance meant to honor women, non-binary and genderqueer people of color," Quiero Volver features Alvarez's original music, sonic text scores, a poem-script for ensemble performance, and documentary video portraits. In 2018, Quiero Volver was produced by grassroots organizers and Smith College at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, where the performance event raised over $10,000 to support immigrant justice initiatives through the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Come over at 6:30 for refreshments and hangs.
Performances to begin at 7:00pm

Don’t forget to check out our Porch Pop Up from 2-6 pm!

Please bring your lovers, friends, crushes, beloveds and kin

Accessibility Note: This is a first floor apartment. There are a few steps to the front door. There is a small elderly chihuahua named Patsy who might bark hello to you when you come in. We sometimes burn incense and scented candles.