i'm still growing
by Josiah Morgan
Monday Feburary 12, 2024 • 7pm
Auckland Pride Offices, 281 Karangahape Road
Join Dead Bird Books to celebrate the launch of Josiah Morgan's latest book i'm still growing.
After publishing his first four books in the United States, i’m still growing brings the poetry of Josiah Morgan into print in Aotearoa for the first time. i’m still growing is a book of identities that shape-shift among the darkening landscape of mundane, suburban New Zealand. It pairs violence with sexuality, and sexuality with catharsis. This book is a eulogy to dead friends, a eulogy to a dead self, and a promise of what is to come.
This reading will be supported by readings from Liam Jacobson and Nathan Joe, plus live music from Laika Loveheart.
Free to attend, no reservation required.
“i’m still growing tackles the violence and trappings of desire with frenetic energy, queering language towards new and uninhibited meanings….This book heralds the arrival of a unique voice in Aotearoa poetry.”
Chris Tse, New Zealand Poet Laureate, 2022-24
"For those that have forgotten that the body is wet meat, that the ate is the seat of affection both because of and despite it being a dark dark organ, here is your reminder. For those that don’t need the reminder, that feel Hine-nui-te-pō’s touch upon our lives at all times, this book says both despite and because of that fact; let’s have some fun with it."
essa may ranapiri, author of Echidna
“Josiah Morgan has written a beautiful, sticky, queer cacophony. It speaks to the difficult work of staying alive when those around you don’t always choose to. The shifting voices and tones and rhythms are like dipping in and out of scenes. More is more is more. I am pleased to see this book so packed to the brim with the entire world. No safe critical distance, just every page all up in the gooey, painful, and funny grime of growing up.”
Emma Barnes, author of I Am In Bed With You
They / Them / She / Her
Laika is a trans/non-binary musician based in Auckland, New Zealand. Performing as a solo acoustic act, their sound ranges from the loud and abrasive, to poetic and ethereal. Their most recent release "Talk Amongst Yourselves" is currently available on Bandcamp and Spotify.
He / Him
Nathan Joe is a Chinese-Kiwi playwright and performance poet. He is the recipient of the 2022 Grimshaw Sargeson Literary Fellowship and the 2021 Bruce Mason Playwriting Award, the two-time winner of the Playmarket b425 award, and the 2020 National Poetry Slam Champion. Nathan’s play Scenes from a Yellow Peril premiered at the ASB Waterfront Theatre last year.
He / Him
Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Maniapoto
Josiah Morgan is a queer multimedia artist living and working in Ōtautahi. He is the author of two books and three chapbooks. His most recent book is i'm still growing (Dead Bird Books), which is in all good bookstores near you from February 2024. His other books were published and the United States, and the rest of his work can be found in eel mag, NZ Poetry Yearbook, Out Here, Mayhem, The MAP and Aotearotica.
Auckland Pride Offices
281 Karangahape Road, Auckland CBD
The Auckland Pride offices are inside a shopfront on Karangahape Road. The space is at ground level, has access from the street, is wheelchair accessible and includes accessible toilets.