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For Sizakele Book Release: 14 Years In The Making

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For Sizakele Book Release: 14 Years In The Making
July 10, 2015 7:00 PM
July 10, 2015 10:00 PM
Suggested donation of $5
Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
212 620 7310 ext. 300
June 20, 2015
Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center
212 620 7310 ext. 300
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208 West 13th Street, Room 210, New York, NY, 10011, United States
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Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene will read from her brand new book, For Sizakele. She will also perform electric, sugarcane-flavored poetry. Her performance will be followed by a question and answer session and book signing. This performance is a celebration of the over 14 years of love, work, sweat, passion and magic it has taken to bring forth this very necessary book. This event is part of the For Sizakele World Tour.

Suggested donation: $5

Please Note: To reserve your copy of For Sizakele in advance, please purchase your copy here: (Purchasing For Sizakele now reserves a copy for you. Your copy of the book will be available when you arrive at the event. This is the only way to ensure that you will have a copy before they sell out.) 


About the book: For Sizakele by Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene
Taylor, a queer Nigerian college student, is in a passionate relationship with Lee, a Black American basketball-playing pianist. When Taylor develops romantic feelings for Sy, a Cameroonian photographer whose similarities make them instant family, Taylor battles Lee’s jealousy. As Taylor encounters challenges to her femme and African identities, she finds ways, through the kinship of her friends, to define herself on her own terms. For Sizakele addresses transcontinental identity, intimate partner violence, queer gender and how we love as illuminators of who we are. 


Photograph By An Xiao

Photograph By An Xiao

Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene is an Ijaw and Urhobo Nigerian dyke performance activist, poet, dancer, educator, actress and visual artist. She engages a radical vulnerability and candor in her artwork and uses storytelling to build an authentic human connection through passionate artistic expression. Etaghene is a mixed-media visual artist who has produced 4 solo art exhibitions and performed internationally. She is the founder of Sugarcane, an LGBTQ Of Color writing workshop based in the principles of June Jordan’s Poetry for the People. She wrote and performed in two multi-media one-woman shows, Volcano’s Birthright{s} and GUAVA. Etaghene has published 4 chapbooks of poetry: afrocrown: fierce poetry (2000), write or die (2004), tongue twisted transcontinental sista (2006) and skin into verse (2014.) She released an album of poetry and music entitled liberty avenue, nigeria, usa (2004.) Etaghene is the author of For Sizakele, a novel that addresses transcontinental identity, intimate partner violence and how we love as illuminators of who we are., twitter: @myloveisaverb