Jay Deshpande

Poet & Writer. New York City.

Fall Readings & Release Party

It's been an exciting few months as Love the Stranger has entered the world! Here's a brief recap of where the fall took me and the book.

November kicked off with a trip to Portland, Oregon, home of YesYes Books, where I got my first peek at the book in the flesh.

I had a great time reading in Portland, including at the Bad Blood Reading Series, the Wordstock Literary Festival and the Portland Poetry Slam. And I had a blast spending time with my YesYes compatriots, Fatimah Asghar and jamie mortara.

Then it was back to Brooklyn to launch the book. Our release party at Art Cafe was a huge success, with wonderful readings by five fantastic poets and a tremendous crowd pouring out of the venue. And it was a thrill to see the cover in bright lights.

Next it was off to Boston, where I gave a week of readings all around my hometown. I felt really welcomed at the Concord Free Public Library, the Harvard Advocate, and the Long Weekend series, among others.

with Chris Schlegel, Adrienne Raphel, Lindsay Turner and Adam Scheffler at Long Weekend

with Chris Schlegel, Adrienne Raphel, Lindsay Turner and Adam Scheffler at Long Weekend

I closed out the year reading around New York City and heading up to Hudson, NY, to join Danniel Schoonebeek, Rebecca Wolff and Anna Moschovakis. I had tons of fun reading with so many inspiring writers this year, and I'm looking forward to lots more in 2016.