Join Bahamian writer, artist and publisher, Sonia Farmer as she shares poems from her first full-length collection, “Infidelities”, published by Poinciana Paper Press.
Drawing upon the salacious story of the female pirate Anne Bonny as a starting point, Farmer interrogates the mythology of this figure, dismantling the male gaze that shaped her for centuries and illuminating the place of female desire in history. Through the lens of this tale, Farmer spins a second narrative that calls into question the boundaries that hold our bodies, nationalities, and loyalties in place. As the two voices intersect and diverge, they build a plank to the edge of these boundaries, and ask the reader to jump.
“Sonia Farmer’s Infidelities is a luminous mining of the Anne Bonny pirate legend. As Farmer moves seamlessly between the past and the present, Bonny becomes both every woman and the unnamed narrator navigating what it means to love. Long after the last page has been turned, these poems will continue to unfold in the mind. A wonderful debut.”
- Sharon Millar, author of The Whale House and Other Stories
Sonia Farmer will also present emerging writer Letitia Marie Pratt, who will share poems from her chapbook, “Pulling the Wings from out My Back.”
Published by Poinciana Paper Press, this poetic story follows a young woman’s transformative journey through violent trauma to emerge as a powerful Hag Woman. Inspired by the folk stories of the Hag Woman who steps out of her skin at night to terrorize a small town or village, Pratt gives this villain a voice and a backstory of her own as she endures the cruelty of a romantic relationship rooted in the abusive power structures of cultural misogynoir. But with guidance from her grandmother and the support of the divine feminine, the narrator finds self-love and acceptance within her own powerful song and spirituality.
Both books will be available to purchase after the launch, along with other handmade chapbooks and ephemera by Sonia Farmer.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Sonia Farmer is the founder of Poinciana Paper Press, a small and independent press located in Nassau, The Bahamas, which produces handmade and limited edition chapbooks of Caribbean literature and promotes the crafts of book arts through workshops and creative collaborations. Her artwork has been exhibited throughout Nassau including at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. She is the author of “Infidelities” (Poinciana Paper Press, 2017) and several chapbooks. Her poetry has won the 2011 Prize in the Small Axe Literary Competition and has appeared in various journals. She holds a BFA in Writing from Pratt Institute and is currently pursuing her MFA studies in Book Arts at the University of Iowa.
An avid reader of fantastic fiction, Letitia Marie Pratt’s writing navigates the existence of black (feminine) bodies within that genre and draws heavily on stories within Bahamian folklore. Her writing was included in NE8 at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas and she recently completed a residency as the Fresh Milk platform in Barbados. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from the College of the Bahamas.