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Avery Bravery Grace (they/them, she/her pronouns) is a queer and trans poet, writer, and co-parent of three, currently living on the unceded lands of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs--otherwise known as Bend, Oregon.
Their work is thus far featured in: Non-Binary: An Anthology of Gender and Identity, with Columbia University Press (2019), and All of Me: Stories of Love, Anger, and the Female Body, by PM Press (2019), as well as the Fall issue of Tilted House Review (2021). You can find more of their work under the "Offerings" menu tab, or on Instagram and Twitter--@averybraverygrace
When not writing, Avery delights in ecstatic Sufi music known as Qawwali, and dances until their bones hurt as a form of divine and erotic expression.
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Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystic Tradition, is an incredible survey of Sufi poetry by teacher, scholar, and activist, Omid Safi. Omid produces the Sufi Heart Podcast, and is a professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University.
Engage with the beauty of Hafiz, Rumi, Attar, and other lesser known Sufi poets who speak of love for and union with the divine, often in erotic terms.
An excellent book for guidance for life, challenge, loneliness, pain, and celebration, for those seeking to live love as a verb more and more each day in their lives.