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like a dog book launch at tejon collective (denver, colorado)
like a dog book launch at tejon collective (denver, colorado)

Fri, May 31



like a dog book launch at tejon collective (denver, colorado)

Time & Location

May 31, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Denver, 5000 Tejon St, Denver, CO 80221, USA

About the event

celebrate lauren samblanet's first book, like a dog, at this launch at the tejon collective in denver, colorado at 7p! lauren will be reading alongside some of her beloved friends who are also incredible writers. click here for more information about like a dog or get a copy of the book here.

accessibility information: masks are required (and will be provided for folks who forget theirs). the tejon collective is a wheelchair accessible space, including the bathroom. they have a wheelchair ramp at the entrance. this event is free and does not require registration. 

like a dog contains sexually explicit language and explorations of trauma and ptsd.


Meca'Ayo (Tameca L Coleman) is a queer singer, multi-genre writer, itinerant nerd, massage therapist, and point and shoot art dabbler in Denver Colorado. Their writing and photography are featured in literary magazines, art exhibits, newspapers, and other venues and publications. Their first book an identity polyptych debuted from The Elephants in 2021, and considers familial estrangement, being in-between things as a mixed-race Black person, and moving towards reconciliation.    

Meca’Ayo Cole is a published author of poetry, creative nonfiction, journalism, fiction, and hybrid works and was a two-time poet laureate finalist in Adams County and for Colorado State in 2023. They create many community-centered projects, gatherings and collaborations, and practice as a massage therapist in Denver, Colorado. 

Lily Duffy is a writer, editor, and therapist from the Washington, D.C. area. They're the author of the full-length poetry collection TACT (Vegetarian Alcoholic, 2021) as well as the chapbooks Wet Water Hill (Garden-Door Press, 2021) and Sour Candy (Really Serious Literature, 2018). Lily's poems have appeared in Anomaly, APARTMENT Poetry, The Journal Petra, Denver Quarterly, and Yalobusha Review, among other journals. They hold an MFA in Poetry from the University of Colorado Boulder and an MSW from Metropolitan State University of Denver. 

Lily currently lives in Longmont, Colorado, where they have a private psychotherapy practice supporting high masking and late identified neurodivergent adults. With Ray Levy, they co-edit the online literary magazine DREGINALD, which has published the work of writers and multimedia artists from all over the world since 2013. Their website is 

Jodie Kirschner is a queer disabled poet and artist with a background in Geography from Lake Michigan living with her service dog Elaine in Denver. Chronic illness, the queering of…., grief work, and nature informs their writing. You can follow Jodie via 

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