Jeddie Sophronius Love and Sambal

Friday, October 25 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us for a reading and conversation with poet Jeddie Sophronius, author of Love & Sambal.

Join us for a reading and conversation with poet Jeddie Sophronius, author of Love & Sambal. Jeddie Sophronius will be in conversation with Hodges Adams for the event. This in-person event will be free and open to the public. We recommend arriving early for the best seating.

About the Book: Love, akin to sambal, leaves an aftertaste that pains the tongue yet beckons for more. Set against the backdrop of Indonesia’s socio-political climate, Love & Sambal explores the romantic history of a Chinese-Indonesian speaker entangled in the complexities of differing religious and cultural beliefs. The speaker turns inward, descending into personal and collective memory to map the way forward.

About the Author: Jeddie Sophronius is the author of the poetry collections Happy Poems & Other Lies (Codhill Press, 2024), Interrogation Records (Gaudy Boy, 2024), and Love & Sambal (The Word Works, 2024), and the chapbook Blood·Letting (Quarterly West, 2023). A Chinese-Indonesian writer from Jakarta, they received their MFA from the University of Virginia, where they currently serve as a lecturer in English. The recipient of the 2023 Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize, their poems have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. Read more of their work at

Love & Sambal will be released on October 15. To order the book, please see below for the New Dominion Bookshop book order form or call the shop at 434-295-2552.

"Blending lyrics of filial devotion, narratives of romance and alienation, and documentary poems of historical and contemporary Indonesia, Love & Sambal is a book like no other, and Sophronius a gifted poet whose syllables lift conscience into song."

—Brian Teare

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