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Cyrée Jarelle Johnson Launches WATCHNIGHT at BGSQD

March 10 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us for a reading/conversation with Cyrée Jarelle Johnson, Joselia Hughes, Zefyr Lisowski, and Danilo Machado to celebrate the release of WATCHNIGHT.

In exhilarating lyric poems and chiseled prose blocks, Cyrée Jarelle Johnson charts the history of his family alongside the history of Watchnight—a churchy holiday of messianic tarrying—and steps through portals to render the human faces of American internal migration and mass displacement—from countryside to city and back again. Spanning from 1803 to a near-future rife with class tension and racial anxiety, WATCHNIGHT is a study of Black bonds, Black grief, and Black flight.

Copies of WATCHNIGHT (Nightboat Books, 2024, paperback, $17.95) will be available for purchase and signing. To reserve a copy, please write to BGSQD at [email protected] with “please reserve a copy of Watchnight” in the subject line.

This event will take place in person at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division, on the second floor (room 210) of The LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., NYC, 10011.

Registration is not required. Seating is first come, first served.

Suggested donation $10 to benefit the Bureau’s work.

All are welcome to attend, with or without donation.




March 10
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Bureau of General Services—Queer Division
208 West 13th Street, Room 210
New York, NY 10011 United States
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