Rae White - Exactly As I Am

Wednesday 13 July 2022
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop / ZOOM Online
Register until 13 July 2022 4:00 PM

This event commences instore and online at 6.30pm (AEST)

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Instore guests - 6.00 for a 6.30pm start. Limited to eighty seats. With booking an instore ticket your name will be on the door at Avid Reader. Avid Reader is required to use the Check In Qld App when signing in patrons to our events. You can download the Check In Qld App HERE.

Bar open at 5.30pm - drinks available for purchase prior to and after the event.

Online guests - we email the Zoom event link to you after 4.00pm AEST on the day of the event. If you have not received this information prior to the event please check your SPAM folder. Customers using BigPond email addresses have informed us that they often do not receive our emails. Please use an alternative address or ensure that you have contacted us directly before 6.00pm AEST on the day of the event to request the link.

let me tell you
how to lean gently on
one another without
rocking sideways.

Rae White’s compelling second poetry collection Exactly As I Am rises from their lived experience as a non-binary transgender person. Their gloriously defiant, unruly poems dissect and scrutinise the spaces transgender people are both assigned and denied in society, through unflinching explorations of gender identity, gender discrimination and gender euphoria. These bracing poems lean towards you, hold out their hand and offer you: a connection, a community, an emboldened call to action.

Rae White is a non-binary transgender writer, author, educator and zine maker. Their poetry collection Milk Teeth (UQP, 2018) won 2017 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, was shortlisted for 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and commended in the 2018 Anne Elder Award. Rae’s poem ‘The last tourist’ won Highest Queensland Entry in 2020 Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award. Their poem ‘what even r u?’ placed second in 2017 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize. Rae’s poetry has been published in Australian Poetry Journal, Cordite Poetry Review, Meanjin, Overland, Rabbit and others. Rae is the editor of #EnbyLife (enbylife.net), a journal for non-binary and gender diverse creatives. They are the Events and Marketing Manager at Queensland Poetry.