In seventh grade first period math she slumps forward in her seat hides
behind the hair she’s been growing. It’s a tent that whispers
against the back of her
thighs when she walks. The teacher never calls on her. She
never raises her hand. She is safe. No one ever asked Cousin It, what
are you, a boy or a girl?
-Ely Shipley, On Beards: A Memoir of Passing (excerpts)
Johnston Center graduate, Ely Shipley (‘00), will be reading from his collection of published poetry on Monday, March 26 at 8:00 p.m in Hall of Letters 100. Shipley, a trans poet, published his first collection of poems, Boys with Flowers, in 2008, and recently published another book, Some Animal, this past month. This is a great experience to both support a fellow alumni of the University of Redlands, as well as experience the beauty and power of poetry. Refreshments will be served while you enjoy Shipley’s creative and provocative reading.