Gabrielle Calvocoressi is a poet whose work asks questions about how people understand language and gender. A professor at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Calvocoressi has won numerous awards and fellowships including a Stegner Fellowship and the Bernard F. Conner Prize from The Paris Review. They are the author of several books of fiction and poetry, including the 2017 release Rocket Fantastic. This new poetry book is daring and infinite. As the name suggests, the work is fantastic in the sense of wonder and possibility. Calvocoressi's work shows the reader moments when language can bend and form infinite possibilities alongside a strong focus on gender.
This reading and signing takes place Everyday Gay Holiday, a queer- and trans-centered studio collective of writers and artists on Atwood Avenue. Ahead of the reading itself, the collective will be hosting a "New Economy Potluck," which draws inspiration from a chapbook Calvocoressi helped to create that focuses on sharing recipes and stories in a communal setting. Calvocoressi comes to Madison with support from Everyday Gay Holiday, the Wisconsin Center for Creative Writing, and the LGBT Campus Center, UW Libraries, and other anonymous funders. Books will be available to purchase at the event courtesy of Room of One's Own. —John McCracken