Annual Philip J. Traci Memorial Reading Feb. 6

Event to feature LGBT activist and poet Minnie Bruce Pratt

Poet, author, and activist Minnie Bruce Pratt will read at Detroit's Scarab Club Sunday, Feb. 6 as part of the Annual Philip J. Traci Memorial Reading. Also reading will be Christopher T. Leland and Anca Vlasopolos.

Philip J. Traci was a Wayne State University professor and Shakespeare scholar who was a victim of an apparant anti-gay hate crime. He was found murdered in his home in 1985. The crime remains unsolved.

Pratt and Leland will offer readings from their recent work and Detroit poet & WSU professor Vlasopolos will offer a poetry tribute to Traci.

Pratt has published five books of poetry, the latest being "The Dirt She Ate: Selected and New Poems," and a book of prose stories about gender boundary crossing, "S/HE." Her work has received multiple awards including a Pushcart Prize nomination and the 1999 Larry Levis Poetry Prize from Prairie Schooner.

Recently Pratt served as the Jane Watson Irwin Chair in Women's Studies at Hamilton College. She lives with her partner, transgender activist and writer Leslie Feinberg, in New Jersey.

"My adult life has been an exhilarating struggle to understand how to resist, militantly, the oppressive categories that the ruling status quo places on us, and how to live, triumphantly, the identities and complexities that we feel to be true for ourselves," Pratt writes on her website. "As my life and Leslie's flowed together, I gained immeasurably in my understanding of that struggle Ñ in my understanding of how we live all our sexualities, sex identities, and gender expressions."

Detroit fiction writer Leland is a Professor of English and Fiction Writer in Residence at WSU and the author of several acclaimed novels and several text books on the creative writing process.

This reading is free and open to all. The Scarab Club is located at 217 E. Farnsworth at John R. behind the Detroit Art Institute. For information call 313-831-1250.

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