An Evening with So Many Queer Poets

In honor of Pride Month, join us for An Evening with So Many Queer Poets, featuring: Darla Himeles, Sawyer Lovett, Boston Gordon, Zach Ozma, Elliott batTzedek, Elizabeth Catanese, and Alison Lubar!

This event will be live in the the store at Main Point Books. Masks are required for guests during events. We're asking for pre-registration through Eventbrite to help us plan seating, but walk-ins that night are also welcome.

Join us for a night of great poetry from generations of LGBTQIA poets!


Darla Himeles is the author of Cleave and of the chapbook Flesh Enough, both published by Get Fresh Books. Her poems can be read in recent issues of Lesbians are Miracles, The Gay & Lesbian Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Night Heron Barks, Honey Literary, and Ran Off with the Star Bassoon. Darla teaches creative writing and oversees the Writing Center at Temple University. Find her on Instagram @darlahimelespoetry, or follow her Wordle achievements on Twitter at @darlaida. Read more at

Sawyer Lovett is a writer who lives in Philadelphia. He's is an adjunct professor at the University of the Arts. His work has appeared in Screen Door Review, Briar's Lit, and Impossible Archetype, among other places. He is online at and @sawyerlovett

Boston Gordon (they/he) is a poet from Philadelphia, PA. They run the You Can’t Kill a Poet reading series for queer and trans poets in Philadelphia. He won a Leeway Foundation Art and Change grant in 2017. They were a winner in the Free Library of Philadelphia’s inaugural Cultureshare. His work was selected for the Best New Poets Anthology in 2021. Their first chapbook, Glory Holes, was released in early 2022 by Harbor Editions.

Zach Ozma is an interdisciplinary artist. Embodiment theory, archival research, and neo-classically gay imagery inform his practice. Employing mimesis, pedagogy, humor, surprise, and reward, he works in a variety of forms including ceramics, assemblage, installation, writing, and works on paper. He is the author of Black Dog Drinking From An Outdoor Pool (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019) and with Ellis Martin co-edited We Both Laughed In Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan (a 2020 Lambda Literary Award winner. Nightboat Books, 2019). Raised by jazz musicians in Seattle and the Santa Cruz mountains, he came of age as an artist in Oakland at California College of the Arts and in the East Bay experimental poetry scene. Ozma lives in Lansdowne, PA.

Alison Lubar teaches high school English by day and yoga by night. They are a queer, nonbinary femme of color whose life work (aside from wordsmithing) has evolved into bringing mindfulness practices, and sometimes even poetry, to young people.  Their debut chapbook, Philosophers Know Nothing About Love, is out now with Thirty West (May 2022); you can find out more at or on Twitter @theoriginalison.

Elizabeth Catanese is a writer and artist who holds degrees from Bryn Mawr College and Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. Her poems have most recently appeared in The Night Heron Barks, Ran Off with The Star Bassoon, The Pittsburgh Poetry Review, The Stillwater Review, Anomalous Press, and Calyx. Her most recent book series is the six-book chapter book series Mt. Olympus Theme Park (ABDO) about kids with diverse family structures who go to an amusement park and change Greek myths. She is also the author of The College Mindfulness Workbook, A Student’s Companion for How to Write Anything, and STEAM Jobs You’ll Love: Architecture and Construction. Elizabeth is an associate professor of English at Community College of Philadelphia where she teaches reading, writing, and humanities courses. She lives in Philadelphia with her young, energetic twins, Dylan and Escher.

Elliott batTzedek, in addition to being a bookseller, events czar, and general Indie Bookstore maven, holds an MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation from Drew University. She is also a social-justice liturgist whose words and rituals are used in Jewish communities across the country. Her work appears in: Sakura Review, American Poetry Review, Massachusetts Review, Cahoodaloodaling, Naugatuck River Review, and Poemeleon. Her chapbook the enkindled coal of my tongue was published in January 2017 by Wicked Banshee Press.



Event date: 

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Event address: 

Main Point Books