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Poet Jen Harris & The Fellas: Unconfirmed Certainties Book Release

  • Ca Va 4149 Pennsylvania Avenue Kansas City, MO, 64111 United States (map)

Doors at 6:30pm; all seats first come, first served

LGBTQ & Women’s advocate, TEDx fellow, Queer Eye Season 3 Empowerment Circle guest, Button Poetry and Write About Now feature, Kansas City Poetry Slam and The Writing Workshop KC Founder, author of Slammed and Lust & Disdain: Poet Jen Harris is releasing her third book of poetry and essays, Unconfirmed Certainties.

Photo: Jeff Evrard

Photo: Jeff Evrard

This event includes the jazz accompaniment of “The Fellas,” renowned musicians Eddie Moore (keys), Jason Emmond (bass) and Brian Steever (drums), bringing Jen's performance to sonic life.

Unconfirmed Certainties “is the intersection of suspicion and intuition” and follows Harris’ year-long exploration, documentation and in-process recovery from flashbacks, suicidal ideation and a significant mental breakdown following a devastating, unexpected public breakup and facing, head-on, a C-PTSD diagnosis.

An outspoken advocate for an accessible mental health system, Harris was relieved to finally put a name to symptoms she had experienced since her early teens. She fought for decades to overturn the misdiagnosis of Bipolar II disorder, which she was given around age 15 as a way to “medicate away her queerness and creative spirit.” Due to the limitations set upon her by the current health care system, this endeavor took Harris nearly 20 years to accomplish.

 As the public has come to know from her career, Harris spares no one’s feelings or privacy in her searing truth-telling performance.

Additional notes:

  • This performance contains mature subject matter and is not recommended for young children.

  • The restroom facilities at Ça Va are not wheelchair accessible.