112th: Jules Ohman with Alicia Mountain
Join us Thursday, July 7th at 7pm for a reading to celebrate Jules Ohman's new book, Body Grammar. Alicia Mountain will join in conversation.
In order to facilitate the in-person component of this author event, we will be partially closing the second floor starting at 6:45pm. Please review our COVID-19 Safety guidelines. Please register for the event using the link below.
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ABOUT BODY GRAMMAR:
A coming-of-age queer love story set in the glamorous but grueling world of international modeling—a “terrific debut … roiling with deep questions of identity and art, love, and the irrepressible need for meaning in life” (Jess Walter, bestselling author of The Cold Millions)
By the time Lou turns eighteen, modeling agents across Portland have scouted her for her striking androgynous look. Lou has no interest in fashion or being in the spotlight. She prefers to take photographs, especially of Ivy, her close friend and secret crush.
But when a hike ends in a tragic accident, Lou finds herself lost and ridden with guilt. Determined to find a purpose, Lou moves to New York and steps into the dizzying world of international fashion shows, haute couture, and editorial shoots. It’s a whirlwind of learning how to walk and how to command a body she’s never felt at ease in. But in the limelight, Lou begins to fear that she’s losing her identity—as an individual, as an artist, and as a person still in love with the girl she left behind.
A sharply observed and intimate story of grief and healing, doubt and self-acceptance set against the hyper-image-conscious industry of modeling and high fashion, Body Grammar shines with the anxieties of finding your place in the world and the heartbreaking beauty of pursuing love.
Jules Ohman received an MFA from the University of Montana and cofounded the nonprofit Free Verse. She coordinates Literary Arts’ Writers in the Schools program and lives in Portland, Oregon, with her wife.
Alicia Mountain’s debut collection, High Ground Coward (Iowa) won the Iowa Poetry Prize. She is also the author of Four in Hand (BOA Editions, April 2023) and Thin Fire (BOAAT Press). Dr. Mountain was a Clemens Doctoral Fellow at the University of Denver and the 2020-21 Artist in Residence at the University of Central Oklahoma. Mountain serves on the board of directors for Foglifter and she is a contributing editor at the Kenyon Review. She is a lesbian poet, based in New York City where she teaches in the Writer’s Foundry MFA program at St. Joseph’s University in Brooklyn.