Queer Poetry Spotlight Series: Elese Daniel

Written by Clarity Amrein, Senior Library Services Assistant, Downtown Main Library 

The Library is celebrating queer voices during National Pride Month this June and beyond through local, contemporary, and historical poetry. With numerous digital resources, opens a new window like eBooks, opens a new window and audiobooks, opens a new window, and a wide range of materials for children, teens, and adults, the Library offers exposure to so many diverse LGBTQIA+ experiences and ideas through poetry. This virtual series highlights queer poets, poems, and their contexts from across the spectrum, across racial identities, across history, and from all over the world.

We're kicking off this series with queer Cincinnati poet Elese Daniel as she shares the poetry that speaks to her as an individual, artist, and member of the LGBTQIA+ community. This community advocate and bicycle enthusiast reads her own work and integrates poetry from 17 other authors, most of whom are LGBTQ+ writers, in the video below. Stay tuned for additional blog posts in the coming weeks, including readings from poet, musician, and activist Tim'm West and other fascinating queer poets to come!

Please note this video includes some strong language.