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Kendra Decolo: I Am Not Trying to Hide My Hungers from the World

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Kendra DeColo reaffirms the action of mothering as heroic, brutal, and hardcore with poems that interrogate patriarchal narratives about childbirth, postpartum healing, and motherhood through the lens of pop culture and the political zeitgeist. With references ranging from Courtney Love to Lana Del Rey to Richard Burton to Nicholas Cage, I Am Not Trying to Hide My Hungers from the World revitalizes the way we look at mothering: pushing its boundaries and reclaiming one’s spirit of defiance, abundance, and irreverent joy.


“For DeColo, desire is not simply a topic: it is an aesthetic and an engine. It is how the lines, at once lush and muscular, taste in the mouth. It is how her language moves through you. This is the kind of book that feels a bit scandalous to read in public, but is far too delectable to put down.” —Stevie Edwards, author of Sadness Workshop


Kendra DeColo will be in conversation with BOA Editions Publisher and Executive Director Peter Conners.

Kendra DeColo is the author of I Am Not Trying to Hide My Hungers from the World (BOA Editions, 2021), My Dinner with Ron Jeremy (Third Man Books, 2016), and Thieves in the Afterlife (Saturnalia Books, 2014), selected by Yusef Komunyakaa for the 2013 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. Her poems and essays have appeared in American Poetry ReviewTin HouseWaxwingLos Angeles ReviewBitch MagazineVIDA, and elsewhere. A recipient of a 2019 Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, she has taught creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and Vanderbilt University. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.