Join us for an evening of poetry with Linda Whalen Quinlan and Vittoria Repetto!
Linda Whalen Quinlan will read from her poetry book, Chelsea Creek, which won the Wicked Woman Poetry Competition.
Long-time LGBTQ activist and poet, Quinlan grew up the daughter of union parents, a factory worker, and a carpenter. As the lesbian mother of two sons, Quinlan explores issues of gender and motherhood while also observing the particularities of the past and present cultural landscape.
“Linda Whalen Quinlan renders the rough terrain of working-class New England with a lush beauty that pulls no punches, letting the brute hardness of a place and its people coexist with longing and love, finding the tenderness hiding inside tragedy,” PEN Award winner Michelle Tea said of Quinlan’s work. “I love these poems.”
Vittoria Repetto will read from her first poetry book Not Just A Personal Ad and from her second book My Fingers Wonder, which is not yet published.
Her poetry paints unforgettable moments within unforgettable scenes and casts an unapologetically direct and witty eye on life’s complexity.
Poet and reviewer Rigoberto Gonzalez wrote in the Lambda Book Report about Vittoria Repetto’s first full length poetry book Not Just A Personal Ad : “Poems of intense sensibility and gorgeous imagery are a rarity these days; but this book of verse by a distinctly working class, distinctly lesbian, and distinctly Italian American voice is a must for all readers of good poetry.”
Vittoria Repetto hosted the Women’s/Trans’ Poetry Jam at Bluestockings Bookstore from 1999 until 2018.