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Categories Chapbooks, Nomadic, Poetry

Dead Dad Club

Publication Date: March 2017


In June of 2023, Black Lawrence Press welcomed numerous existing and forthcoming Nomadic Press titles to our catalogue. Dead Dad Club was originally published by Nomadic.

With a close eye on the past and an outstretched hand to the future, Dead Dad Club traces the death of a father and ties it to the rebirth of a son. Weaving together the hilarious and the grotesque, Dead Dad Club is a starkly honest collection of poems and musings that manage to make light of even the heaviest topics.


I can’t tell you how long I’ve been waiting for Julian’s book. These poems like a car streaking across a dying city with all your friends inside. The dexterity in verse, in joy, in desire, and in grief is astounding. Read at your own risk of being moved as fuck.”
Sam Sax, author or Bury It (2018) and Madness (2017)

In Dead Dad Club, Julian Shendelman walks us within himself. A song for the dead, while in turn, we cherish our time with the poet. His poems teach us that there is no looking away when the writer is creating beauty in all corners of time and lyric. Teaches us that other people’s floods also inch up to our eyes. And how a loving biographer reveals the form of the ghost before the death.
Tongo Eisen-Martin, author of someone’s dead already (2015)

Look Julian, you’re not the only one with a dead dad you know, there’s like a whole bunch of us…like enough to form a club…oh, wait.
Laura Shendelman, Julian’s sister

About the Author

Julian Shendelman

Julian Shendelman lives with his husband and two dogs near Philadelphia. After pursuing—and ultimately abandoning—an academic career as a queer/trans theorist, Julian turned his attention to re-establishing his writing practice and community. His poetry chapbook, Dead Dad Club, was published by Nomadic Press in 2017 and his creative nonfiction has appeared in Bat City Review. He’s been a fellow at the Lambda Lit Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ+ Writers (2012) and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2022). When he's not freelancing, he's running Collective Lit.

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