on DeLana Dameron’s Book Release Party


For those of you who have been keeping up, we’ve been lucky enough to follow poet DeLana Dameron through the process that finally culminated in the debut of her first book. Recently, I was able to interview DeLana about her book, poetics, and the publishing process. And so, it was with great pleasure that I attended her official Book Release Party for How God Ends Us.

In addition to getting to hear DeLana read from her book, we also got to hear from poets like Roger Bonair-Agard, Patrick Rosal, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, and John Murillo. To say nothing of guests like the newly engaged Tara Betts & Rich Villar as well as Tyehimba Jess and Jericho Brown. With Cave Canem and poets from all over the City in attendance, DeLana’s book got the send-off it deserved.


The reason I’m drawing attention to this landmark is simple: young poets are inundated with bad news about the publishing industry and the seemingly fruitless enterprise of writing poems. While we can’t pretend that being a poetry is easy, it’s equally foolish to pretend that there isn’t joy in the struggle as well. DeLana’s party is a reminder that there is indeed enough joy for all of us.

Significantly, DeLana kicked things off by reading “won’t you celebrate with me” by Lucille Clifton, which concludes: “come celebrate / with me that everyday / something has tried to kill me / and has failed.”



3 responses to “on DeLana Dameron’s Book Release Party

  1. Mr. Jones:

    A pleasure as always to be in your company. Good to see you and our mutual buddy Brandon again, and even better in celebration of Delana’s fabulous book.

    Also wonderful to read something hopeful for poets who still wish to (GASP!) publish poetry. Here’s hoping you get to participate in something fruitless right soon as well!

    All the best,

  2. Marie-Elizabeth Mali

    I so wish I could have been there! I was jealous seeing the photos of all the beautiful poets I adore who were in attendance. Thanks for blogging about it. It gives me hope. And I’m hugely happy for Delana.

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