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Thurber House Summer Literary Picnic: Rachel Wiley


5:30 PM to 8:00 PM


Thurber House

77 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215


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*This event is planned for the Thurber House lawn but may be moved online due to health considerations.*

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm EST
Rachel Wiley
Fat Girl Finishing School

Each summer, the Thurber House lawn plays host to a series of outdoor literary picnics and readings with authors who have an Ohio connection. While this year's picnics might look a little different, join us for this long-running tradition of good friends and great books!

About the Book and Author
Rachel Wiley is a queer and biracial poet, performer, feminist, and fat liberationist from Columbus, Ohio. She has toured nationally performing at slam venues, colleges, and festivals. Her work has appeared on Upworthy, The Huffington Post, The Militant Baker, and Everyday Feminism. She is a fellow and faculty member of the Pink Door Writing Retreat held each year in Rochester, NY for women and nonbinary writers of color.

Fat Girl Finishing School is a love letter to Wiley’s living body. When confronted with fatphobia, racism, misogyny, and shame, each poem chooses self love, despite society’s expectations of conformity. This is a book steeped in experience—every story is striking, powerful, and unmistakably palpable.

Rachel Wiley has represented Columbus, OH at multiple National Poetry Slam Competitions and was a finalist twice in 2011. She is on staff at Writing Wrongs Poetry Slam and is the co-host/co-founder of the Columbus Queer Open Mic.

Picnicking begins at 5:30 pm EST. Join us on the lawn any time between 5:30 - 6:45 pm EST to picnic with friends and enjoy the great outdoors. Please note: due to health considerations, we will not be offering boxed dinners this year. All 2020 Summer Literary Picnics are BYOF—bring your own food. The program begins at 6:45 pm EST.  You will have the opportunity to ask the author questions after the event and purchase a book.