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Author Joel Leon in Conversation with Artist Bobby Rogers

June 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In a collection of wide-ranging essays, Leon takes readers from his upbringing in the Bronx to his life raising two little girls of his own, unraveling those narratives to arrive at a deeper understanding of who he is as a son, friend, partner, and father. Traversing both the serious and lighthearted, from contemplating male beauty standards and his belly to his decision to seek therapy to the difficulties of making co-parenting work, Joél cracks open his heart to reveal his multitudes.

Crafted like an album, each essay is a single that stands alone yet reverberates throughout the entire collection. Pieces like “How to Make a Black Friend.” consider challenging, delightful and absurd moments in relationships, while others like “Sensitive Thugs All Need Hugs” and “All Gold Everything” ponder the collective harms of society’s lens.

With incisive, searing prose, Everything and Nothing at Once deconstructs what it means to be a Black man in America.


June 12
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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