Acclaimed Poet & Performer Desiree Dallagiacomo to Debut New Book, Sink
Join us in celebrating Desireé Dallagiacomo’s debut poetry collection, SINK, from Button Poetry. Join us for poems, book signing, cake, and more at Baton Rouge Gallery. This event is intended for mature audiences (18+) only. Tickets will be $10 at the door.
Featuring Special Guest Performers:
Chancelier “Xero” Skidmore”
Dr. Anna West
& William Brian Sain
Desireé Dallagiacomo is a poet, performer, and educator from rural California. She is the program director & lead teaching artist at Forward Arts, a youth spoken word and social justice writing non-profit in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and she has been a finalist at every major national poetry slam in the United States. Her poems have been featured widely in such places as Bustle Magazine, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Everyday Feminism, and the New Orleans Fringe Festival. A collection of her work has been adapted for the Vagina Monologues at Tulane University. She has taught & performed extensively across the USA, Canada, & Australia--being a guest speaker, teacher, and performer at more than 70 universities worldwide. Videos of her performances have over 6 million views on YouTube, and she is the co-host of a Southern Poetry podcast, Drawl. Desireé believes deeply in community education, and in 2016 she founded an annual writing retreat in rural New Mexico for young writers. Her first full-length collection of poetry, SINK, is available at buttonpoetry.com.
Desireé Dallagiacomo’s debut book grapples with the intersections of family and mental health. SINK asks and answers hard questions about grief, lineage, death and all manner of inheritance. What is one left with when they come from a family that has nothing to its name but loss? Throughout, Dallagiacomo weighs the cost of what it is to be alive and a woman in a landscape that makes being alive and a woman uninviting. SINK approaches grief and depression not as a tourist, but instead with the power and nuance of someone who has survived and made the most of their survival.