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Open Mic: Prayers for Queer Salvation

Join us at a poetry night & open mic for words celebrating the collective vast and ever expanding experience of queerness. 


This event in the Mills Gallery will close the first night of the Boston Art Book Fair, and will be a space of communion for writers, poets, and speakers to share their reflections on the topic of queer spirituality. Perspectives from all cultural and religious backgrounds are welcomed. 

The first half of the program will feature invited writers from submissions for The Book of Being, a queer prayer book curated by Anukriti and Jasper A. Sanchez for the BCA 1:1 exhibition A Temple for Timeless Beasts on view in the Mills Gallery from October 8th — November 12th, 2022. This will be followed by an open mic hour from 8–9PM where the public is invited to share their own prayers for queer salvation. 

Special guest Poet and Artist, Julissa Emile will be leading the program as Master of Ceremonies.

Timed slots for sign-up will be open to all on a first-come and in-person basis at the Mills Gallery from 6:30–8PM on Saturday, November 5th or until slots run out. Performances will run from 7–9 PM. 


About the Master of Ceremonies: Julissa Emile (they/them)

Julissa Emile (they/them) is a twenty-three year old transplant and chaos baby from the United States Virgin Islands. Their writing focuses on the intersections of blackness, queerness, and “if that were a garden, what kind of magic would grow from it.” They served as the FEMS slammaster from 2018-2020, and have been featured in Button Poetry, Teen Vogue, BET, and Buzzfeed.

Instagram: @motherjuniper