Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Damski X 4 Book Release Party

Come celebrate the publication of four new books by the late Jon-Henri Damski on Sunday, November 1 at 4 pmGerber/Hart Library 1127 West Granville Avenue Chicago, (773) 381-8030

Damski X 4 will mark the release of Nothing Personal: Chronicles of Chicago's LGBTQ Community, 1977–1997, Fresh Frozen: First Chicago Poems, My Blue Monk: Poems from Blood and Sugar, and Eat My Words: More Chicago Poems from the 70s. All of the books are published by The Firetrap Press Collective and will be available for purchase at the event.

Damski X 4 will feature readings from Damski's works and the presentation of the annual Jon-Henri Award. The award was established by Lori Cannon and Richard Cooke to recognize and honor an individual who leads his or her life with an ethic and spirit that Damski would have respected and enjoyed.

Jon-Henri Damski was an essayist, newspaper columnist, poet, teacher, and community activist in Chicago's LGBTQ community from the mid-1970s until the late 1990s. At the time of his death in 1997 following a long battle with melanoma, he was the longest-running columnist in the American LGBTQ press.

He was also instrumental in the 1988 passage of the Chicago Ordinance on Human Rights. In 1991, Damski was part of the first class of inductees into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame.

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