Megan Volpert launches Closet Cases
Decatur Library Auditorium
March 29, 2020, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Join us for the launch of Megan Volpert’s Closet Cases: Queers On What We Wear. This is much more than a “fashion book.” It is a collection of artifacts that testifies to the power of fashion as a verb as it unfolds the complex and lovely strategies governing what we do in the LGBTQ+ community to build authentic selves that are both comfortable and seen. Jean jackets can be armor. Bracelets, spiritual totems. Belts can save lives, or take them. As a verb, ”fashion” is exceedingly queer. Our queer community learns to fashion identity from and through the clothes we wear, the costumes we choose, the fabrics we desire—and the statements these make. No other community allows clothing to serve as such a primary, dominant marker of subjectivity, both individually and collectively. We don’t simply permit fashioning; we rely upon what we put on our bodies to tip off, to signal, and to serve as evidence of who we are. Megan Volpert is the author of many books on popular culture, including two Lambda Literary Award finalists, a Georgia Author of the Year finalist and an American Library Association honoree. Her newest work is Boss Broad. She has been teaching high school English in Atlanta for over a decade and was 2014 Teacher of the Year. She writes for PopMatters and has edited anthologies of philosophical essays on the music of Tom Petty and the television series RuPaul’s Drag Race. Many of the books’ contributors will be here as well. Event is free and open to the public. Books will be available to purchase and have signed. Doors open at 3:30 p.m.