Folger’s Poetry Series continues reading celebrating transpoetics

November 18, 2020 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

On Wednesday, November 18 at 7:30pm EST, the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series at the Folger Shakespeare Library continues its 52 nd season with “To enter the world,” a virtual reading highlighting transgender poets Stephanie Burt and Taylor Johnson.

Both poets have roots in the greater Washington, DC region and will share work that travels the city and explores regional and gender identity.

Tickets for this live virtual event are currently on sale. The suggested ticket price is $15, with a minimum, pay-what-you-can price level at $5. Tickets can be purchased at the Folger Box Office at 202.544.7077 or by visiting

The reading, which will feature a post Q&A session with online viewers, will be moderated by Oliver Baez Bendorf, a queer, trans, Latinx writer & educator and author of Advantages of Being Evergreen (called “an essential book for our time and for all time” by Gabrielle Calvocoressi) and The Spectral Wilderness. Oliver is the recipient of the Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award & has received fellowships from CantoMundo, Lambda Literary, Vermont Studio Center, & the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing.

This reading will have a free virtual presentation exploring gender and identity with items from the Folger Collection and more from 5:30-6:30pm ahead of the reading at 7:30pm.

This reading is with the support of our Capitol Hill neighbor, the Church of the Reformation.


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