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Summer Salons with the Brooklyn Museum: Nicole Dennis-Benn and T Kira Madden

July Summer Salons panelists Nicole Dennis-Benn and T Kira Madden

Celebrate the summer with authors Nicole Dennis-Benn and T Kira Madden. Acclaimed novelist Nicole Dennis-Benn will read from her new novel Patsy, addressing motherhood, sexuality, and desire in the life of an undocumented immigrant. T Kira Madden will read from her defiant debut memoir Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls on coming of age as a queer, biracial teenager amidst intense privilege and racial disparity. After sharing excerpts from their work, the two writers will discuss the complexities and layers of love, womanhood, and the enduring process of discovering oneself.


Nicole Dennis-BennNicole Dennis-Benn is the author of Here Comes the Sun, a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the Lambda Literary Award. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, she teaches at Princeton and lives with her wife in Brooklyn. Her website is www.nicoledennisbenn.com.

T Kira Madden

Photo by Jac Martinez

T Kira Madden is an APIA writer, photographer, and amateur magician. She is the founding editor-in-chief of No Tokens, and facilitates writing workshops for homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals. A 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in nonfiction literature, she has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, Tin House, DISQUIET, Summer Literary Seminars, and Yaddo, where she was selected for the 2017 Linda Collins Endowed Residency Award. She lives in New York City and teaches at Sarah Lawrence College. Her debut memoir, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, is out now.

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