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Illumination Series Featuring: Dr. Addie Tsai

June 14 @ 6:00 pm 7:30 pm

Title: The World To Me Was a Secret, which I Desired to Discover 

In collaboration with Shelf Life Books, we are excited to celebrate Pride Month with Addie Tsai as they read from their queer Asian nonbinary Frankenstein retelling, Unwieldy CreaturesAddie will also be signing books, so please join us for a wonderful after hours evening at the Poe Museum!

Tickets ($10.00-$12.00) on sale now!

Refreshments will be available for purchase as well.

Unwieldy Creatures: a biracial, queer, nonbinary retelling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a tale of doom, ambition, loss, revenge, and murder. 

Unwieldy Creatures, a biracial, queer, nonbinary retelling of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, follows the story of three beings who all navigate life from the margins: Plum, a queer biracial Chinese intern at one of the world’s top embryology labs, who runs away from home to openly be with her girlfriend only to be left on her own; Dr. Frank, a queer biracial Indonesian scientist who compromises everything she claims to love in the name of science and ambition when she sets out to procreate without sperm or egg; and Dr. Frank’s nonbinary creation, who, painstakingly brought into the world, is abandoned due to complications at birth that result from a cruel twist of revenge. Plum struggles to determine the limits of her own ambition when Dr. Frank offers her a chance to assist with her next project. How far will Plum go in the name of scientific advancement and what is she willing to risk? 

About the author:

Addie Tsai (any/all) is a queer nonbinary artist and writer of color who teaches creative writing at the College of William & Mary. Addie collaborated with Dominic Walsh Dance Theater on Victor Frankenstein and Camille Claudel, among others. They earned an MFA from Warren Wilson College and a Ph.D. in Dance from Texas Woman’s University. Addie is the author of Dear Twin and Unwieldy Creatures. She is the Fiction co-Editor and Editor of Features & Reviews at Anomaly, contributing writer at Spectrum South, and Founding Editor & Editor in Chief at just femme & dandy

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