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Author Event: Writing Femme Identity

Join All She Wrote Books for a conversation with local poet Tatiana Johnson-Boria & author Melissa Lozada-Oliva!

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Author Event: Writing Femme Identity
Author Event: Writing Femme Identity

Time & Location

Feb 19, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Connexion, 149 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145, USA

About the Event

Join All She Wrote Books for an IN-PERSON event with debut poet Tatiana Johnson-Boria in conversation with fellow author Melissa Lozada-Oliva on Monday, February 19th at 7:00pm at Connexion*, located at 149 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145. 

This event has pay-what-you-like tickets, or you can purchase a ticket that includes a copy of Tatiana’ book ahead of time.

"Inclusivity" isn't just a buzzword to us. We make every effort to ensure our space and events are accessible to and for everyone. If you or someone in your party needs accommodations, please email us at

*Connexion is an open and affirming church. They are proud sponsors of our free diverse library in the East Somerville neighborhood, and have a great relationship with All She Wrote Books. For more info, please visit

About Nocturne in Joy:

Nocturne in Joy is séance, city sidewalk crack, and growing with an absence. Johnson-Boria writes into the drunken boat of her family home revealing that she is the sea her ancestors called to and wade through. Breeding butterflies in freezer bags, the book lives between downpour and daylight.

From latch-key kid watching her first panting dog cross a broken street, to EMDR therapy and cleaving to narratives not her own, Nocturne in Joy is an elegy to Black womxn through the cultivation of healing for a collective daughter.

It seeks to "render their stories in me"--truly a collection of form-breaking and reverence, ancestral voices and intergenerational desire, Nocturne in Joy refuses endings. It is a living, boundless text.

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About Tatiana Johnson-Boria:

Tatiana Johnson-Boria (she/her) is the author of NOCTURNE IN JOY (2023). Her writing explores identity, trauma, especially inherited trauma, and what it means to heal. She’s a recipient of distinguished fellowships from The Massachusetts Cultural Council, The MacDowell Residency, The Brother Thomas Fund, and others. She’s received honorable mention for the 2021 and 2020 Academy of American Poets Prize and is a 2017 Pushcart Prize nominee. Tatiana completed her MFA in Creative Writing at Emerson College and is a 2021 Tin House Scholar. She teaches at Emerson College, GrubStreet, Catapult, and others. Find her work in or forthcoming at Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, Pleiades, among others.

About Melissa Lozada-Oliva:

Melissa Lozada-Oliva (she/her) is the child of Guatemalan and Colombian immigrants and the author of Candelaria, Dreaming of You and peluda. Her work has been featured in NPR, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, PAPER, Armani Beauty, and more. She is a member of the band Meli and the Specs. She holds an MFA in poetry from NYU and lives in New York City.


  • General Admission

    Income-based sliding scale ticketing ($0-$20): If you are someone who identifies as having little to no income, please feel free to RSVP to our event for free. If you are someone who identifies as having disposable or generational income, please pay as close to full price for our event as you can.

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  • General Admission + Book

    Inc. $1.00 Sales Tax **PLEASE READ**: Entry for 1 person. Includes 1 copy of the featured book, to be picked up when you check in for the event.

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