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oh, you thought this was a date?! Launch Party

June 9, 2022 @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm

About this event

Join Northwestern University Press on Thursday, June 9 at 6:00 PM at the Leather Archives & Museum to celebrate the launch of C. Russell Price’s oh, you thought this was a date?!: Apocalypse Poems (TriQuarterly Books; June 2022). Price will be joined by special guests Megan Stielstra, Andrew Sa and Friends, and Lucky Stiff.

*Women & Children First will be on-site selling books during the event*


21+/Mature Content


*Leather Archives and Museum is not ADA accessible*


*This event will be livestreamed*


About oh, you thought this was a date?!:

Appalachian genderqueer punk writer C. Russell Price’s first full-length poetry collection is a somatic grimoire exploring desire, gender, and sexuality in multiverse littered with flowers and product placement. Part pop culture bubblegum lip smack, part battle cry, this collection asks, What is radical vengeance, and does true survivorship from sexual trauma exist only in fantasy, or is it an attainable reality?

Price’s cinematic approach to language and scene is on full display, as well as their dark humor and resilience. Within these pages, the surreal is familiar and grief is a national pastime. If the end is near, who among us would not put on Fleetwood Mac? Who would not clean up their eyeliner just a smidge? This collection pulses with the beat that follows destruction (whether human or natural), the moment the jaw unhinges. These poems are not for pearl clutchers. They are for those who have already felt their private apocalypse.

About the Author:

C. RUSSELL PRICE is originally from Glade Spring, Virginia, but now lives in Chicago. They are a Lambda Fellow in Poetry, a Ragdale Fellow, a Windy City Times 30 Under 30 honoree, an essayist, and a poet. They are the author of a chapbook, Tonight, We Fuck the Trailer Park Out of Each Other. Their work has appeared in the Boston Review, Court Green, DIAGRAM, Iron Horse Literary Review, Lambda Literary, Nimrod International, PANK, and elsewhere.


June 9, 2022
6:00 pm–8:00 pm

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