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Lecture: “Flesh Into Blossom”: The Queer Poetics of Radical Pleasure

Thursday, February 27, 2020
12:30pm – 1:45pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center; Student Union 403

The Out to Lunch Gender, Sexuality, and Community is a weekly academic lecture and discussion series with guest scholars and community activists from various disciplines examining a variety of topics related to gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. Each semester offers a broad sampling of the areas.

The Spring 2020 semester is co-sponsored by the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department (

Today's lecture is entitled, "'Flesh Into Blossom': The Queer Poetics of Radical Pleasure" and will be presented by Mick Powell (she/her/hers).

Synopsis: Over 40 years out from Audre Lorde’s formative essay “Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power,” queer feminist poets of color continue to consider how we create new work about the erotic, the intimate, and the sensual; work that illuminates the beauties and complexities of loving others and ourselves in the bodies we inhabit. In this lecture, we’ll explore how contemporary queer and trans poets of color decenter white, patriarchal, heteronormative, and cisnormative narratives around the body and intimacy through gurlesque, afrofuturistic, and liberatory aesthetics. Mick will read from her chapbook chronicle the body (2019) and highlight other poets narrating from new spaces of sensuality and pleasure.

Biography: Mick Powell (she/her/hers) is a queer black fat femme feminist poet based in Connecticut. She is an Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Connecticut. Mick earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing (Poetry) from Southern Connecticut State University in 2018 and her Bachelor’s in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Africana Studies from UConn in 2015. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Frontier Poetry, Tinderbox Poetry, Columbia Journal, Apogee Journal, Winter Tangerine, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, chronicle the body, won Yemassee Journal‘s 2nd Annual Chapbook Contest and was published in March 2019. You can find her at

The lectures are open to all to attend. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunches.


Rainbow Center (primary), Africana Studies Institute, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Office for Diversity and Inclusion, UConn Master Calendar, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

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