Qommunicate Publishing congratulations one of our own on the simultaneous release of two new titles!
One of Laury Egan’s new releases includes work first appearing in Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Volume 1
Laury Egan, one of the contributing writers to Qommunicate’s premiere publication and inaugural creative anthology, Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Volume 1, has just announced the release of two new books of her own. One of Egan’s new releases, in fact, a poetry chapbook called Presence & Absence, contains work first appearing under that same name in Hashtag Queer 1. While releasing two books at once may seem atypical, Egan notes these particular two books couldn’t be more different.
Egan’s new poetry chapbook Presence & Absence, contains deeply moving, personal and heartfelt poems on the difficult subject of grief. As the six poems from the collection first appearing in Hashtag Queer, Vol 1 (“The Last”, “Crossing”, “Dim”, “Presence and Absence”, “Grief” and “Vacancy”) show, Egan has a close personal connection to this topic that makes her work weep with authenticity.
Presence & Absence releases September 27, 2018 with an official launch, reading and book-signing at Water Witch Coffee in Highlands, New Jersey from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. The event is free. Another reading and signing is scheduled for October 21 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm at 1st Cup, also in Highlands and also free. Presence and Absence is being released by FootHills Publishing.
Kirkus Reviews describes Egan’s simultaneous release, Fabulous! An Opera Buffa, as, “A campy, hilarious, fast-paced indulgence that’s addictively entertaining.” It concerns a talented male opera singer who moonlights as a drag queen. The character’s double-life spirals out of control when his dreams all seem to come true at once and he lands lead roles in two different productions, one as himself and one as his drag persona. To make matters worse, his drag persona also gets embroiled in a third role produced by a mobster with a vendetta against one of the other two show’s producers. The book combines music and theater, wigs and heels, and fists and guns, in true operatic fashion. Fabulous! An Opera Buffa releases September 25, 2018 from Tiny Fox Press.
In addition to these two new releases and her contributions to Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Volume 1, Laury A. Egan has also published three additional poetry titles: The Sea & Beyond, Beneath the Lions Paw; and Snow, Shadows, a Stranger. She is also author of the fiction works Fog and Other Stories; Jenny Kidd; and The Outcast Oracle.
Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Volume 1 was published in June 2017 by Qommunicate Publishing. It contains fiction, non-fiction, poetry and scripts by and about LGBTQ+ people and lives. Its follow-up, Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Volume 2, was released in June 2018.