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HAGS: A Literary Send-off for Zach Ozma and Julian Shendelman

Zach Ozma and Julian Shendelman are preparing to move to West Philadelphia for a fresh start and the general pursuit of happiness! 

You may remember Zach from such hits as: "The Dress-up-as-Zach birthday party", or "Drinking and reading Truman Capote stories to a cemetery fountain." You may know Julian from his own classics, "My dog is really well behaved except for the time he bit someone" and "I swear I'm not a sad person even though I only write about death and suffering."

Please join us at our favorite bookstore for a Bon Voyage reading featuring us and two of our numerous talented friends: Na'amen Gobert Tilahun and Madison Davis. There will be poetry, prose, some light crying, and books for sale.

And, if that wasn't enough for you, join us afterwards at The Ruby Room (10 min walk from the bookstore) for farewell drinks and your last chance at some quality time with Zach and Julian before they head off into the sunset. Can't wait to see you!


Zach Ozma received a BFA in Community Arts from California College of the Arts in 2015. His work engages in "pleasant homosociality" through installations, performances, objects, events, and writing that elicit touch, interaction, and intimacy from the viewer. His work has appeared in Vetch, Hold: A Journal, DATABLEED, IGNORE, the East Bay poetry anthology It's night in San Francisco but it's sunny in Oakland, Macaroni Necklace and elsewhere.

Julian Shendelman has a weird looking dog (part fawn, part fruit bat) and a nice Jewish boyfriend. After 10 years of living in Oakland, where he was an organizer for the Bay Area Trans Writers Workshop, Julian is relocating to Philadelphia with hopes of having more time to write. He was a 2016 Pushcart nominated poet for his piece in Bat City Review, and won a Literary Death Match with a true story about queer punk cannibalism. His first published chapbook, “Dead Dad Club,” was released by Nomadic Press in March of this year. You can read more of his work

Na’amen Gobert Tilahun writes in multiple genres and has had work appear in Fantasy Magazine,, Queers Dig Time Lords, faggot dinosaur, Full of Crows, The Big Click, Eleven Eleven, Spelling The Hours, Loose Lips and more. One of his pieces, "Culture House" was recently selected to be reprinted in The Best Small Fictions 2017, out this fall. His debut novel, The Root, was named an ALA Rainbow List Top Ten book for 2017. The sequel novel, The Tree will be released in November. You can find him on twitter when he should be writing - @Naamenism

Madison Davis writes about family, water, mourning and disaster. She is the author of Disaster published by Timeless, Infinite Light last year and her recent work can be found in Elderly, Hold: A Journal, and Open House.