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Saeed Jones



Saeed Jones is an American author and poet whose voice as a Black queer male has empowered social justice movements and highlighted issues faced by marginalized communities.

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How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir

Haunted and haunting, How We Fight for Our Lives is a stunning coming-of-age memoir about a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears.

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The Republican War Against Trans Kids

Chase Strangio, who has won a series of landmark court cases in his role as ACLU deputy director for transgender justice, explains why states across the country are suddenly targeting the freedom of trans youth with a wave of new laws.

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Roxane Gay Reads from Difficult Women and Talks with Saeed Jones

The author of Bad Feminist, Gay has two new books on the way: the short-story collection Difficult Women and Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body. She reads from Difficult Women, followed by a conversation with BuzzFeed’s Saeed Jones.

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Prelude to Bruise

Prelude to Bruise is a song from a tightrope, balancing ecstatic existence and the chaos that always threatens to engulf a life on the margins.

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Whose Grief? Our Grief

For Saeed Jones, generations collapse into seconds during an American week of chaos and sorrow.

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Saeed Jones - Drag

Saeed Jones, reading from his book, "Prelude to Bruise", at Art Share LA.

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The Friends You Make Online

This is an ode to digital friendships, a taxonomy of connections and disconnections.

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Saeed Jones: How We Fight for Our Lives

Poet Saeed Jones, author of the celebrated Prelude to Bruise, joins us to read from his new memoir, How We Fight for Our Lives, an unforgettable coming-of-age story of a bookish, black, gay teen from Texas as he learns to see himself and his dreams—and learns how his world sees him.

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What Does it Mean to Be Creative at the End of the World?

A few months and many deaths ago, I woke up exhausted, again. Every morning, I felt like I was rebuilding myself from the ground up. Waking up was hard. Getting to my desk to write was hard. Taking care of my body was hard. Remembering the point of it all was hard.

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Saeed Jones Reads at the 2014 Dodge Poetry Festival

Saeed Jones reads "The Blue Dress in Mother's Closet" and "Boy in a Whalebone Corset" at the 2014 Dodge Poetry Festival.

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