In JM Holmes’ debut collection, How Are You Going to Save Yourself, four friends, coming of age in postindustrial Rhode Island, struggle to liberate themselves from the legacies left to them as black men in America. Michael Schaub at NPR described the book as a “stunning accomplishment” and "a shockingly powerful debut collection from a writer whose talent seems almost limitless. [...] It's hard to overstate what an incredible writer Holmes is.” Holmes was born in Denver and raised in Rhode Island. His literary prizes include the Burnett Howe Prize for fiction at Amherst College, the Henfield Prize for literature and a Pushcart Prize.
The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by refreshments.