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VIRTUAL - Loyalty Books - Free Conversation with James Spooner, Chris L. Terry and more (1)
VIRTUAL - Loyalty Books - Free Conversation with James Spooner, Chris L. Terry and more (1)

Wed, Nov 01


VIRTUAL - Loyalty Books - Free Conversation with James Spooner, Chris L. Terry and more (1)

Celebrating the release of Black Punk Now, Loyalty Books hosts a Free in conversation event with editors and contributors to the Anthology.

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Nov 01, 2023, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM PDT

About the event

Loyalty is super psyched to welcome Chris L. Terry and James Spooner for a VIRTUAL event to celebrate the release of Black Punk Now! This event will be held digitally via Crowdcast and is free to attend. Click here to register for the event. You can also order the book below to be added to the event's registration list, and there will also be an option to snag the book during the event.

Readings from Martin Douglas, Scout Cartagena and Monika Estrella Negra plus a coversation/ Q and A with anthology editors Chris L Terry and James Spooner

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BLACK PUNK NOW: A canonizing, bold, and urgent anthology setting a new precedent for Black Punk Lit, created by generations of Black punks—featuring both new voices and those from the not-so-recent pastBlack Punk Now is an anthology of contemporary nonfiction, fiction, illustrations, and comics that collectively describe punk today and give punks—especially the Black ones—a wider frame of reference. It shows all of the strains, styles, and identities of Black punk that are thriving, and gives newcomers to the scene more chances to see themselves.Curated from the perspective of Black writers with connections to the world of punk, the collection mixes media as well as generations, creating a new reference point for music-lovers, readers, and historians by capturing the present and looking towards the future. With strong visual elements integrated throughout, this smart, intimate collection is demonstrative of punk by being punk itself: underground, rebellious, aesthetic but not static—working to decenter whiteness by prioritizing other perspectives.Edited by graphic novelist and filmmaker James Spooner, and author Chris L. Terry, contributors to the collection include critic Hanif Abdurraqib and Mars Dixon, conversations with Brontez Purnell, and a roundtable of all femme festival organizers.


Chris L. Terry is the author of the novel Black Card, one of NPR's best books of 2019. Terry's debut novel Zero Fade was on Best of 2013 lists by Slate and Kirkus Reviews. Born in 1979 to a Black father and white mother, Terry spent his late teens and early twenties touring as the vocalist for different Richmond, Virginia punk bands. He has a Creative Writing MFA from Columbia College Chicago, and now lives and teaches in Los Angeles. His recent work has appeared in Pitchfork, Stereogum, Razorcake, Very Smart Brothas/The Root, Catapult and theLAnd Magazine.

James Spooner is known for directing the seminal documentary Afro-Punk (2003), and co-creating the Afro Punk Festival. His graphic memoir The High Desert, about being Black in small-town California and finding salvation in punk, came out in 2022.

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Event date: 

Wednesday, November 1, 2023 - 8:00pm Eastern / 5:00pm Pacific

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