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Two Natures Novel Launch & Poetry Reading

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Two Natures Novel Launch & Poetry Reading
September 29, 2016 7:30 PM
September 29, 2016 9:30 PM
Suggested donation of $5 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
212 620 7310 ext. 300
August 31, 2016
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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An evening of gay literature with two award-winning authors.

Jendi Reiter kicks off her book tour for her debut novel, Two Natures (Saddle Road Press), the spiritual coming-of-age story of a New York City fashion photographer during the 1990s AIDS crisis. Midwest Book Review calls it “a powerful saga” with “intense revelations about what it means to be both Christian and gay”.


Charlie Bondhus will read from the revised (and remixed!) edition of his first book, How the Boy Might See It (reissued last year by Jane’s Boy Press), plus new work. His most recent book, All the Heat We Could Carry–voiced by a veteran of the Afghanistan war and his homefront lover–won the 2014 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. Carolyn Forché calls it “a rare, brilliant and necessary book”.

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Jendi Reiter

Jendi Reiter is the author of the novel Two Natures (Saddle Road Press, forthcoming 2016) and four poetry books and chapbooks, most recently Bullies in Love (Little Red Tree Publishing, 2015). Her stories have appeared in The Iowa Review, American Fiction, The Adirondack Review, Bayou Magazine, and Literal Latte. Writing awards include a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist’s Fellowship. She is the editor of, an online resource site for creative writers. Visit her blog at and follow her on Twitter @JendiReiter .


Headshot by Alan Barnett

Headshot by Alan Barnett

Charlie Bondhus‘s second poetry book, All the Heat We Could Carry, won the 2013 Main Street Rag Award and the 2014 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. His work appears in Poetry, The Missouri Review, Columbia Journal, The Bellevue Literary Review, Nimrod, Copper Nickel, and others. He is assistant professor of English at Raritan Valley Community College (NJ) and is the poetry editor at The Good Men Project (