Williams Reads aims to foster new connections among students, staff, faculty, and community members by exploring diversity through a common reading experience. Developed by the Committee on Diversity and Community (CDC), Williams Reads is an initiative offered as an opportunity for us to explore a book together that will help us to celebrate and deepen our appreciation of diversity. It is a goal of the CDC to select a book that will stimulate community engagement and challenging conversation.
Free copies of this year’s Williams Reads book will be sent this summer to all incoming Class of 2024 students in the preparation for First Days conversations. Special events, outside speakers, and other activities for the entire campus and local community will continue throughout the year.
2020-2021 Book: Subject to Change - edited by H. Melt
Featuring poetry and interviews, Subject to Change collects the work of Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, Christopher Soto, beyza ozer, Cameron Awkward-Rich, and Kay Ulanday Barrett—five poets who are unreservedly transgender. Lauded by 2016-17 U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera as “a culture and power border-smasher & a piercing examination of brilliant, painful, and transcendent Trans consciousness and experience,” this anthology is a testament to the power of trans poets speaking to one another—about family, race, class, disability, religion, and the body. Through a range of trans experiences and poetics, Subject to Change expands the possibilities of what it means to be both trans and a writer in the twenty-first century.
'Subject to Change' ... is personal document, a set of trans community-journey notations and an at-the-edge howl of love for love. Each poet goes beyond poetry, that is, beyond being the gendered & genre-ed. Each writer calls out a manifesto against death, against “being pulled apart,” against frozen progressive movements and the “homelessness” of being. What does Freedom, Bravery, Self-realization look like? Enter these five poets—their questions, their investigations, their bodies on paper, their humanity. A superb diamond, in motion. I love this book. You will too.
- Juan Felipe Herrera, U.S. Poet Laureate 2016-17
Reviews and Other Resources:
"Building Relationships with Trans Poets: Chicago's H. Melt on their new anthology of poetry, 'Subject to Change.'" - Ruben Quesada for Chicago Review of Books (November, 2017)
"Get It? A Review of Subject to Change, edited by H. Melt" - Evelyn Deshane for Plenitude (January, 2018)
"An Interview with Poet and Editor H. Melt." - Alex Falck for The Office of Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Blog (August, 2018)
"BOOK REVIEW Subject to Change: Trans Poetry and Conversation" - Liz Baudler for Windy City Times (October, 2017)
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