iO Tillett Wright
Tuesday September 27: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Born into the beautiful bedlam of downtown New York City in the 1980s, iO Tillett Wright’s playground was the streets, inhabited by an edgy amalgam of self-invented characters from defiant punks and glamorous drag queens to cutting edge performance artists to heroin addicts.
One of the most unforgettable women in the neighborhood was iO’s own mother, Rhonna, a showgirl and young widow, was a mercurial, erratic glamazon. She was iO’s fiercest defender and only authority in a world with few boundaries and even fewer indicators of normal life.
With Darling Days, iO’s debut memoir, the vanished New York and the tumultuous relationships that defined it are evoked with sometimes harrowing, sometimes hilarious passion. From an early age, even before adopting a new persona as a boy at age 6, Wright has lived a life of self-invention and reinvention. Darling Days tells the story of that life, and iO will be back downtown at Strand to discuss a life lived at the boundaries of culture, gender, and identity.
iO Tillett Wright is an artist, activist, actor, speaker, TV host and writer. His work deals with identity, be it through photography and the Self Evident Truths Project/We Are You campaign or on television as the co-host of MTV’s Suspect. iO has exhibited artwork in New York and Tokyo, was a featured contributor on Underground Culture to T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and has had photography featured in GQ, Elle, New York Magazine, and The New York Times Magazine. He is a regular speaker at universities, discussing expanding one’s circle of normalcy and embracing those that are different than you. A native New Yorker, iO is now based in Los Angeles.