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R/B Mertz: Burning Butch (in conversation with Rahne Alexander) - Shared screen with speaker view
Ray Asher
16:06
HEY OLDER DUDE SIB
Mary Beth Bourke
16:08
hey all!
Christina Morino
16:25
Hello!
Melanie Moore
16:55
Hi from Austin, Texas
Mary Beth Bourke
19:29
beautifully said
Ivy Bookshop
22:38
R/B Mertz (thee/thou) is a trans and non-binary butch poet and artist. They wrote the essay, “How Whiteness Kills God & Sprinkles Crack on the Body,” the forward for John J. McNeill’s Freedom, Glorious Freedom: The Spiritual Journey for Gays, Lesbians, and Everyone Else, and poems, including "(We all end up in) the CAN" published by American Journal of Poetry. Mertz taught writing in Pittsburgh for eleven years and was honored to be a finalist for City of Asylum's 2020-21 Emerging Poet Laureate of Pittsburgh.
Ivy Bookshop
22:46
Rahne Alexander is an intermedia artist and writer from Baltimore, Maryland. She is a 2021 graduate of the Intermedia+Digital Arts MFA at UMBC, and a 2021 Baker Artist Prize Awardee. Her works in video, performance, music, and painting have been exhibited across the U.S. and around the world, including the Baltimore Museum of Art, Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art, and MIX NYC. She performs music as 50’♀ and as the front woman of the rock band Santa Librada. She is a contributor to BmoreArt, and her writing has been anthologized in OnCurating #42, Love, You (Urban Ivy, 2020), and the Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica (Cleis, 2011). Her OutWrite-award-winning chapbook of collected essays Heretic to Housewife was published by Neon Hemlock in 2019. More info at rahne.com
Ivy Bookshop
23:00
Link to order Burning Butch: https://www.theivybookshop.com/book/9781951213503
Ivy Bookshop
23:01
To order Heretic to Housewife, please email info@theivybookshop.com
Christina Morino
33:00
I have goosebumps! Thank you so much for sharing! I am excited my copy is on the way. You rock Mertz (Becca)!!!
Mary Beth Bourke
33:06
amazing
Ivy Bookshop
33:19
Great reading!!
Ray Asher
33:41
Wow!! Makes me more excited (if that's even possible) to get my copy!!! :D
Ivy Bookshop
48:32
Love this overlap!!
Ivy Bookshop
51:39
What a fantastic conversation! Please feel free to put your questions in the chat anytime
Christina Morino
54:56
Great discussion!
Ray Asher
56:25
That's an amazingly accurate analogy, your family turning you in to get burned at the stake. (laughs nervously and in solidarity of being raised Southern Baptist)
Ray Asher
57:07
My apologies, I tend to type slow to make sure I can check what I'm saying. 😅
Emily Rosen
01:02:02
Hi, Mertz and Rahne! Thanks so much for doing this -- what an incredible conversation. My question is: how did you decide on the title of your book? I love it.
Ivy Bookshop
01:04:09
!!!!!
Allison Smith
01:06:35
Hiiii! We’re all so happy for you over here in the Unnamed Press office! Loving every moment!
Ivy Bookshop
01:07:56
BP!
Ivy Bookshop
01:09:37
If you’d like to ask a final question for Mertz, please go for it now!
Ray Asher
01:10:26
Mertz, if you had the chance to speak to your younger self, what would you specifically tell them?
laura randolph
01:10:50
What impact has Pittsburgh had on your development as a writer?
laura randolph
01:11:25
Hi HI~!~~
laura randolph
01:12:42
,3 <3 <3
Ray Asher
01:13:16
Yes, I'm going to drop the hardball question at last minute LOL
Melissa Gopp-Warner
01:14:09
I second that!
laura randolph
01:14:41
Yes, yes!
Melissa Gopp-Warner
01:15:14
It’s similar to finding your way out of religion.