Janae Johnson Book Release Celebration
Saturday, May 21st
In Janae Johnson's debut poetry collection, the concept of being tender headed is less about Black hair; more about how we are taught to disguise pain through suppression of macro and micro traumas. What began as a book of poetry about women's basketball transformed into a coming-of-age story centering Black queer masculinity, emotional restoration, and belonging. From lyrically experimental to personified prose, each poem encourages humor to rise after an eight hour hair appointment and the ultimate decision to wear a ponytail.