Jess Oliveira and Tanya Saunders present "TRANSPOETHICALBODY: A Book of Black Trans* Erotic Poetry"

Jess Oliveira and Tanya Saunders present "TRANSPOETHICALBODY: A Book of Black Trans* Erotic Poetry"

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Thursday, June 1st 2023
7:00 pm
Originally published in Portuguese as Tran Corpo Ético, Tiely's TRANSPOETHICALBODY: A Book of Black Trans* Erotic Poetry (trans. Jess Oliveira and Bruna Barros) is a sensory invitation.

Through its poetry, we are transported to non-normative erotic dimensions through the dissident perspective of the author. Tiely calls us to trans*verse our bodies from other perspectives, stripping ourselves of the handcuffs that inhabit our intimacy, and determining our desires. Erotic poetics will hold your attention from start to finish. As the author describes his work: this is a fire in words to set you on fire!

TIELY was born in April 1975. He is a multidisciplinary artist from East São Paulo. He is a member of the Hip Hop generation of the 90s. Tiely has worked/ is working on numerous music and audiovisual projects in which he works to bring visibility to the gender and sexuality debates within Hip Hop culture and the larger Brazilian society. Tiely is a poet, educator, actor, writer, and filmmaker who has worked as an art-educator for more than 20 years. Besides art and education, he is an avid lover of and competitor in sports. Within sports, he is primarily focused on soccer, rugby, and boxing. Tiely has published blogs, articles, essays and poetry. He has also published in academic collections. He is known as Brazil’s first nationally recognized hip hop artist.

Jess Oliveira is a translator, poet and researcher. Currently a Ph.D. candidate in Literature and Culture at Federal University of Bahia, Brazil and a research fellow (CAPES/DAAD) at the University Bayreuth, Germany. They hold a Master’s degree in Translation Studies from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) and a B.A. degree in German and Portuguese from the University of São Paulo (USP). Finalist of the "Jabuti" Award (2020) in the category Translation for their translation into Brazilian Portuguese of "Plantation Memories", by Grada Kilomba. A member of the Research Group Traduzindo no Atlântico Negro – [Translating in the Black Atlantic] at UFBA, Jess works mainly with poetry and performances across the Black Diaspora, focusing on the Black German and Black Brazilian contemporary literary scenes.

Bruna Barros is a translator, filmmaker and writer. Associate Researcher of the Research Group Traduzindo no Atlântico Negro [Translating in the Black Atlantic] (UFBA), they hold a degree in English from Federal University of Bahia (UFBA). As a filmmaker, they wrote and directed the short film "Amor de Ori" (2017) and co-wrote and co-directed the short documentary "à beira do planeta mainha soprou a gente" (2020).

Dr. Tanya L. Saunders is a sociologist and cultural studies scholar who is interested in the ways in which the African Diaspora throughout the Americas uses the arts as a tool for social change, specifically through decolonizing systems of thinking and knowing in the Americas. Dr. Saunders was a Mark Claster Mamolen Fellow (2022) at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African & American Research, where they began working on their book tentatively entitled Estéticas do Bapho: Queering Black Brazilian Artivism and Politics of Liberation.

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