White Caravan: a death fugue in my mother’s voice

I decided to share this video of me reading my poem, “White Caravan: a Death Fugue in My Mother’s Voice,” whichappeared in Zoeglossia in November 2022, and was part of Water Always Wanders: a Ritual of Queer Romani Storytelling as part of Fringe Festival, a program of the Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival in 2023.

It feels right to share this tribute to my mother now. Thank you so much to everyone involved, especially Viktor Pachas for editing the video with family photos, and adding his music.

Here is the link to the poem if you would like to read it. White Caravan in Zoeglossia.  

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About Jessica Reidy

Jessica Reidy worked on her MFA in Fiction at Florida State University and holds a B.A. from Hollins University. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, and has appeared in Narrative Magazine as Short Story of the Week, The Los Angeles Review, The Missouri Review, and other journals. She’s Managing Editor for VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts, Art Editor for The Southeast Review, Visiting Professor for the Cambridge Writers' Workshop retreats, Outreach Editor for Quail Bell Magazine, and works as an adjunct professor and a freelance editor and writer. She also teaches yoga and works her Romani (Gypsy) family trades, fortune telling, energy healing, and dancing. Jessica is currently writing her first novel set in post-WWII Paris about Coco Charbonneau, the half-Romani burlesque dancer and fortune teller of Zenith Circus, who becomes a Nazi hunter. Visit her online at www.jessicareidy.com.

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