Writers in the Sun: Julia Koets

Thursday, November 7, 2019 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Writers in the Sun (WITS) is pleased to announce our second event of the season—a reading by author Julia Koets, who will read from her newly released book, The Rib Joint: A Memoir in Essays. Please join us on Thursday, November 7 at 4pmin HEC(Harris Corporation Engineering Center), room 118. The HEC building is located between Mercury and Apollo Circles, near the UCF Arboretum.

If you have any questions, please contact Rochelle Hurt: rochelle.hurt@ucf.edu

About Julia Koets:

Julia Koets is the author of The Rib Joint: A Memoir in Essays(forthcoming November 5, 2019 from Red Hen Press), Pine ​(forthcoming in 2020 from Southern Indiana Review Press), and Hold Like Owls(2012, University of South Carolina Press). Julia is the winner of the 2017 Red Hen Press Nonfiction Book Award judged by Mark Doty, the 2019 Michael Waters Poetry Prize, and the 2011 South Carolina Poetry Book Prize judged by National Book Award Winner Nikky Finney. Julia's essays and poems have been published or are forthcoming in literary journals including Creative Nonfiction, Indiana Review, Nimrod, The Los Angeles Review, Carolina Quarterly,and Portland Review. She earned her M.F.A. in poetry at the University of South Carolina and her Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Cincinnati.She's a Visiting Assistant Professor of creative nonfiction at the University of South Florida.


About The Rib Joint(Winner of the Red Hen Press Nonfiction Book Award):

In this collection of linked, lyrical essays, Julia Koets writes, “When you date in secret, the pressure is different. You’re weightless. You’re stuck in between jumping and landing. You exist in midair. Your bones start to thin.” Growing up in a small town in the South, Julia and her childhood best friend Laura know the church as well as they know each other’s bodies—the California-shaped scar on Julia’s right knee, the tapered thinness of Laura’s fingers, the circumference of each other’s ponytails. When Laura’s family moves away in middle school and Julia gets a crush on the new priest’s daughter at their church, Julia starts to more fully realize the consequences of being anything but straight in the South. 

After college, when Julia and her best friend Kate wait tables at a rib joint in Julia’s hometown, they are forced to face the price of the secrets they’ve kept—from their families, each other, and themselves. From astronaut Sally Ride’s obituary, to a UFO Welcome Center, to a shark tooth collection, to DC Comic’s Gay Ghost, this memoir-in-essays draws from mythology, religion, popular culture, and personal experience to examine how coming out is not a one-time act. At once heartrending and beautiful, The Rib Joint explores how fear and loss can inhabit our bodies and, contrastingly, how naming our desire allows us to feel the heart beating in our chest.

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