want/want (book launch)

Come celebrate the Lisbon book launch of Hemorrhaging Want & Water, the debut poetry collection of Emily Marie Passos Duffy. Called “pastoral city smut for bad girls with big hearts,” the book celebrates desire in all its forms—exploring heritage, gender, the feeling of being in a city at night, and the promise of reinvention at every corner.

Enjoy a poetry session hosted by illustrator Ananya Rao-Middleton with readings by Karolina Santos, Ana Isabel Pereira, Ana Cláudia Santos, and Emily Marie Passos Duffy.

Then we’ll dance to b2b DJ sets by Alan James and Octavio Wattusi!

A limited number of books will be available for purchase, so come early to secure your copy signed by the author.

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Saturday 25 March 2023


6:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Emily Marie Passos Duffy
Emily Marie Passos Duffy

Emily Marie Passos Duffy is a poet and itinerant performing artist. She was a finalist for the Noemi Press 2020 Book Award and a finalist of the 2020 Inverted Syntax Sublingua Prize for Poetry. She was named a 2020 Disquiet International Luso-American fellow. Her written work has appeared in Inverted Syntax, Portland Review, Dirt Media, Boulder Weekly, Spit Poet Zine, Terra – uma poética de nós, and collective.aporia. She received her MFA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. Hemorrhaging Want & Water is her first book.

Other Organizers

Karolina Santos

Karolina Santos is a 22-year-old writer from Brazil, who was raised in Lisbon for most of her life. Her interests are mostly all in the artistic field, such as: films, poetry, music and paintings.

Ana Cláudia Santos

Ana Cláudia Santos is a Portuguese poet, host of the podcast “Multiversos” on NiT FM radio, producer of poetry events “L.U.A. – Literature, Universe, Arts” and “Sala Incomum”, and poetry ambassador for SABSEG’s “Agarra-te” project. She studied Literature at Universidade NOVA de Lisboa and Literary Writing and Event Production and Marketing at Restart Creative Education. She is the author of the independent poetry book “Meia-Vida”, illustrated by the artist João Massano. In 2021 she was one of the finalists in the Lisbon Poetry Festival, earning an honourable mention. She won the national talent contest “New Talent”, by NiT, TVI and Santa Casa da Misericórdia. In 2023 she released the single “Incorpóreo”, in anticipation of her first EP, “O Meu Reino Não É Deste Mundo”, with poetry written by her and music by Diogo Lourenço, which had its first performance at Casa Fernando Pessoa.

Ana Isabel Pereira

Ana Isabel Pereira is a 27-year-old lifelong Lisboeta. She began writing in grade school just for fun, and continues her practice to this day. The main topics she approaches in her poetic creation are post colonialism, identity, relationship with her Indian heritage, and her views on living in a patriarchy. She longs to tell the histories her family members couldn’t tell. She considers herself to be, in some ways, a revivalist, which causes her suffering and drives her to capture her intense feelings on the page. Currently she is doing a masters in culture and communication.

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