Virtual: Body Talk with Kelly Jensen, Alicia Lutes, Yao Xiao, Eric Smith and Amma Marfo

Porter Square Books is delighed to host a panel discussion with Kelly Jensen, editor of the new YA anthology Body Talk: 37 Voices Explore Our Radical Anatomy, along with contributors Alicia Lutes, Yao Xiao, and Eric Smith, moderated by Amma Marfo! This event is hosted on Crowdcast, and is free and open to all.

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It’s time to bare it all about bodies! We all experience the world in a body, but we don’t usually take the time to explore what it really means to have and live within one. Just as every person has a unique personality, every person has a unique body, and every body tells its own story.
In Body Talk, thirty-seven writers, models, actors, musicians, and artists share essays, lists, comics, and illustrations—about everything from size and shape to scoliosis, from eating disorders to cancer, from sexuality and gender identity to the use of makeup as armor. Together, they contribute a broad variety of perspectives on what it’s like to live in their particular bodies—and how their bodies have helped to inform who they are and how they move through the world.

KELLY JENSEN is a former teen librarian who worked in several public libraries before pursuing a full-time career in writing and editing. Her current position is with Book Riot (, where she focuses on talking about young adult literature. Her books include Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World and (Don’t) Call Me Crazy, a collection of art, essays, and words to launch a powerful and important conversation about mental health. It was named a best book of 2018 by the Washington Post and earned a Schneider Family Book Award Honor.

ALICIA LUTES is a screenwriter, essayist, and cultural critic based in Los Angeles, California. She has written for Vulture, EllePlayboy, MTV News, CosmopolitanStylist, Well+Good, Bustle, and more. Previously, she was the managing editor at Nerdist, where she was also the creator and host of the web series Fangirling.

YAO XIAO was born in China and emigrated to the United States at age sixteen. She first studied fine art in Seattle and later at the Memphis College of Art, before moving to New York and enrolling in a BFA program at the School of Visual Arts. After graduation in 2013 with a degree in illustration, Yao sought a way to document her experiences as a queer immigrant and developed a series of comics incorporating illustration and writing. She continued to build on this practice and today is a successful illustrator, cartoonist, and writer. Yao’s work has been featured in BuzzFeedEntertainment WeeklyNational GeographicTime, and Vice, among others. Yao has shown her work at galleries in New York, San Francisco, and Seattle. Her first graphic novel is Everything Is Beautiful, and I’m Not Afraid from Andrews McMeel Publishing.

ERIC SMITH is a literary agent and author from Elizabeth, New Jersey. He’s worked on award-winning and New York Times bestselling books, and when he isn’t busy helping authors with their books, he sometimes writes his own. His latest novels include The Girl and the Grove and Don’t Read the Comments. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, son, and corgi. He still listens to musicals every single day but avoids Christmas music.

AMMA MARFO is a thoughtful yet incurably silly independent higher education professional, writer, and editor based in Boston, MA. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Rhode Island, and a Master of Education from the University of South Florida. Amma is an avid and prolific writer; she writes often for her own blog (“The Dedicated Amateur”), and is a regular contributor to Wiley’s Women in Higher Education newsletter, comedy criticism website The Interrobang, and Crowdcentric’s Social Media Week. She is an outspoken advocate for creativity, believes strongly in the power of humor, and looks forward to helping you find the way you live and work best. Her other interests include live comedy, surfing, trivia, and gluten-free cooking/baking. You can follow her on Twitter @ammamarfo.

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Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 7:00pm

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Body Talk: 37 Voices Explore Our Radical Anatomy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616209674
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Young Readers - August 18th, 2020