“Altar for Broken Things” by Deborah Miranda

February Lavender Lit Club : Altar for Broken Things
by Deborah Miranda

Book Discussion
February 16, 2021 | 5:00 – 6:00p
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Author Talk with Deborah Miranda
February 23, 2021 | 6:30 – 7:30p
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The Lavender Lit Book Club is a monthly literature series hosted by Miranda Rector, the Center’s LGBTQ+ Women’s Program Officer. Each month, we’ll be reading a new book by a queer woman/femme author to celebrate queer women and femmes in literature.

In February, we will be discussing Altar for Broken Things by Deborah Miranda.


About the Book

These poems explore interlocking themes of sacrifice–willing and forced–and the sacred dimension of nature and the need for spiritual healing in a world suffering from the aftereffects of slavery and genocide, as well as homophobia and environmental damage. Many of the poems describe subjects in the Virginia Appalachian region as well as the author’s indigenous Ohlone-Costanoan Esselen California coastal homeland.

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About the Author

Deborah A. Miranda

Deborah A. Miranda is an enrolled member of the Ohlone-Costanoan Esselen Nation of the Greater Monterey Bay Area in California. Her mixed-genre book Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir (Heyday 2013), received the 2015 PEN-Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award, a Gold Medal from the Independent Publishers Association, was short-listed for the William Saroyan Literary Award. She is also the author of four poetry collections (Altar for Broken Things (2020), Raised by Humans (2015), The Zen of La Llorona (2005), and Indian Cartography (1999). She is coeditor of Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature, and her work has appeared in many anthologies, most recently When the Light of the World was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: An Anthology of Native Nations Poetry (2020). Deborah lives in Lexington, Virginia with her wife Margo Solod. She is the Thomas H. Broadus, Jr. Professor of English at Washington and Lee University, where she teaches literature of the margins and creative writing.

Photo by Margo Solod.