Print: A Bookstore is proud to be working with the Portland Poet Laureate, Maya Williams, in support of eir debut poetry collection, Judas & Suicide.
All copies will be signed by the author and can be personalized—make sure to include any requests in the order comments during checkout! Preorders can be made for in-store pickup or shipping. We'll also be selling books at Mechanic's Hall on Wednesday, May 31st.
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.
Praise for Judas & Suicide
Rarely, if ever, have I read such an honest and artistic exploration of what it means to have to develop a will to live. Williams writes about suicide and suicidal ideation with a vulnerability and complexity that is only possible through lived experience. This book is one small, but crucial, step toward destigmatizing suicide in society and one large leap in helping those who have had their lives touched by it feel less alone.
—Allison Raskin, Author of Overthinking About You: Navigating Romantic Relationships When You Have Anxiety, OCD, and/or Depression
In this powerful and necessary collection, Maya helps us navigate what it means to struggle, commit to, and celebrate survival. Maya shows us it’s okay to have ‘grief for past versions of yourself’ in poems that unapologetically interrogate prayer, frustration, communication, and human connection.
—Tanaya Winder, Author of Words Like Love
Maya Williams will change the way you see the world. I couldn't shake these stunning poems, and I'm sure I never will. I want to put this vital collection in the hands of everyone I know.
—Chris Stedman, Author of IRL and Creator, Writer, and Host of Unread
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 mayawilliamspoet.com