SUNY Buffalo State College alumnus and fiction and poetry author Kayla King will host a book launch party for âThe Elpis Pages,â a collective that explores âthe nuanced complexity of femininity,â on Friday, December 10 at the Project 308 gallery in the north. Tonawanda from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
King, who is the founder and editor of this collective with “Pages Penned In Pandemic”, explained that this book brings together poetry, short stories, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, essays and more. more women who identify themselves all over the world. .
âI have seen so much strength and courage in the work that I have received and allowing these women to express themselves and give them a platform has been the greatest honor,â she said. during a virtual meeting on zoom.
The event that really encouraged her to form this collective was the passage of the Texas Abortion Act, also known as Senate Bill 8.
âThat first day I was so frustrated and saddened,â she said.
About a month before the law was passed, she was watching “The Handmaid’s Tale” for the first time.
“I had read the book when I was in college, but watching the show and feeling everything in such a timely and very present way, I almost thought to myself that there was no way that the law can be passed, âshe said.
She felt the need to use art as âa way to express yourselfâ.
âWhen we can find common ground and similarities between everyone, it lets us know that we are not alone,â she said. “It also shows that femininity is more than a thing and that not everyone has the same experience.”
King says it’s a book for everyone.
“This can hopefully enlighten future readers, whether male or female,” she said.
King said all proceeds from this print collective will be donated to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, an organization that helps protect access to safe and legal abortion and reproductive rights.
There is no entry ticket, so the event is open to the public. There will also be desserts and drinks.