An Evening of Poetry Featuring Ian-Khara Ellasante, Katya Zinn, Catherine Weiss, and Maya Williams

Wednesday, May 31, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

This event will take place at Mechanics' Hall:  519 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101

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Join us for an evening of poetry and the debut of Maya Williams poetry collection Judas & Suicide. Maya will be joined by Ian-Khara Ellasant, Katya Zinn, & Catherine Weiss.

This program is presented in collboration with Maine Writers & Publishers Allliance & Print: A Bookstore.

Program support provided by: The Onion Foundation

Suicide is often framed as betrayal, even though we live in a world that betrays us. When this world tells us that death is better, what does it mean to have faith in life? Judas & Suicide is a poetry collection navigating religion and suicidality. It approaches these topics through the lens of Black family and community, sadness, medication, sexual violence, the prison industrial complex, media, and Bible verses. Judas & Suicide explores how to be convinced to stay alive without feeling obligated to.

Maya Williams (ey/they/she) is a Black multiracial nonbinary suicide survivor who is currently the seventh poet laureate of Portland, Maine. Her debut collection Judas & Suicide will be released by Game Over Books in May 2023. They were one of three artists of color selected to represent Maine in The Kennedy Center's Arts Across America series in 2020 and were listed as one of The Advocate's Champions of Pride in 2022. You can follow more of eir work at

Judas & Suicide By Maya Williams Cover Image
ISBN: 9798987887103
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Game Over Books - May 23rd, 2023

Manic-Depressive Pixie Dream Girl By Katya Zinn Cover Image
ISBN: 9781735886466
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Game Over Books - June 21st, 2022

Griefcake By Catherine Weiss Cover Image
ISBN: 9798985820799
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: Game Over Books - February 7th, 2023

Event address: 
Mechanics' Hall
519 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101