Anastacia-Reneé presents 'Here in the (Middle) of Nowhere'

In this bold hybrid collection of poetry and micro-flash fiction, the award-winning interdisciplinary writer explores what happens when god is a Black woman in a town and multiple universes in the middle of nowhere?

Third Place Books is thrilled to welcome back poet and artist Anastacia-Reneé to our Seward Park store! She will be discussing her new trans-genre book, Here in the (Middle) of Nowhere. This event is free and open to the public.

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Please note: Due to health reasons, Gary Copeland Lilley will no longer be joining Anastacia-Reneé as conversation partner. 

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About Here in the (Middle) of Nowhere. . .

What if god were a Black woman? What if there were other universes, and in each universe other Black woman gods? One million versions of god, and one million saints to watch over us? And what if this Black woman god was placed here on our earth?

These are just a few of the questions Anastacia-Reneé asks in this daring and mind-bending hybrid collection. A compelling blend of poetry, micro-flash fiction, and sci-fi Afrofuturism with a prose storyline and characters that connect through family, time, and place. Anastacia-Reneé paints world(s) rich with wonder and and the paranormal as she peers into the lives of the everyday people and the spectacular creatures inhabiting not just our neighborhoods, but other dimensions. Hers is a universe of striking variety—monsters, nontraditional saints, witches, zombies, the couple in the apartment next door, the wise elders from down the block, and gods watching over us all—as well as community and connectedness.

Here in the (Middle) of Nowhere is about interstellar ancestry, community and spirituality, about the things we invoke conjure and rely on to maintain our unwavering joy as we move through life. Anastacia-Reneé’s power lies in her spellbinding storytelling—her ability to bring forth lovingly rendered characters captured in powerful brief bursts of lyrical poetry, her ability to build worlds, within worlds and the ways in which she dares us to fully love ourselves and see each other in all our complexity.


Praise for Here in the (Middle) of Nowhere. . .

"In Anastacia-Reneé’s hands, everything ‘above & below & in the middle’ is teeming with life—stretching beyond the margin—vintage and young at the same time. A gumbo both peaceful and pleasureful and impossibly wrought with the pain of context and intention. The poems of everything, everywhere, all at once. And ain’t that the Blackest, most alive thing to behold?"
—Aurielle Marie, author of Gumbo Ya Ya

“Anastacia-Reneé's extraordinary, intriguing, afrofuturistic, and mystical collection explores family, community, grief, and love.”

“An exploration of the mystic within community, told through poetry and flash fiction… Best when read aloud, this narrative can be taken in small quantities as individual narrators tell their stories or taken as one whole, greater than the many stories contained within.”
Kirkus Reviews

Reneé’s poetry and flash fiction runs the whole emotional gamut. . . What comes from all of these stories, bound together by lucile and her sisters, is a sense of community saturated with tenderness, disappointment, pain and happiness. It’s marvellous."

Anastacia-Reneé is an award-winning cross-genre queer writer, educator, interdisciplinary artist, TEDX speaker and former Seattle Civic Poet. She is the author of Side Notes from the Archivist, (v.), and Forget It. Her mixed media art has been exhibited at the Frye Art Museum and her installation, “Don’t Be Absurd (Alice in Parts),” was chosen by NBC as one of the “Queer Artist of Color Must See LGBTQ Arts Shows.” She has received fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Artist Trust, Ragdale, Mineral School and others. Reneé’s poetry, fiction and nonfiction has been anthologized and published widely. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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