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Khadijah Queen and Mathias Svalina 

When: Fri., July 8, 7-8:30 p.m. 2016

The first Khadijah Queen poem I read was titled "__________ my loved blacknesses & some blacknesses I knew," which manages in about 200 words to capture Queen's love of and pride in her dark skin, horror at the murder of her "brothers and potential husbands" and profound disillusionment with a society that condemns and stereotypes her race. It packs one hell of a punch and gives you a good idea of what you can expect from her award-winning published works. Tonight, Queen will read alongside Mathias Svalina, another accomplished Denver-based poet, whose poetry is beautiful, delicate and simultaneously powerful, giving voice to a speaker who longs to be so much more than he is. If you want an evening of equal parts thinking and feeling — and I mean really feeling — you don't want to miss this. 7 to 8:30 p.m., Mountain Fold Books, 121 E. Costilla St., mountainfoldbooks.org. — Alissa Smith

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