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Avery Grace (they/she) is a queer/trans/neurodiverse self-taught poet-playwright currently living on the occupied Lands of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, otherwise known as Bend, OR. Their work is featured in: "Non-Binary: an Anthology of Gender and Identity,” and, “All of Me: Stories of Love, Anger, and the Female Body”.
Her debut play, Fanna fi Hayati: Love, Sex Work, and the Sacred, has been published in part in New Orleans's Tilted House Review, and her debut comedy Cerebrum is forthcoming in, "Borderless Thalia: A Multilingual Comedic Collection". You can find more of Avery’s writing in their debut book of poetry, “Laid Bare".
When not writing, Avery coparents 3 children with their partner and helps queer, trans, and intersex people cultivate their personal pleasure and sexual/sensual authenticity as forms of liberation.
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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.
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