“Put This in Your Gun,” an evening of reading and performance with Michelle Embree and Tennessee Jones, will take place Thursday, May 26 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

“Put This in Your Gun” is a touring reading series featuring the playwright Embree and fiction writer Jones. Embree’s memoir, “By the Skin of These Words,” shows us that by unlocking the secret rooms of personal terror we reveal the ubiquity of trauma, gain the wisdom to mourn it and the power to resist it. Jones’s novel-in-progress, “In the Shadow of the Valley,” explores the legacy of sundown towns and the effects of coming of age in a place where everyone is white, not by accident, but by violent design.

Both authors explore trauma and oppression in everyday life by diving into the wrecks of their personal histories. By examining the often-unseen intersections of personal experiences, social realities and political climates, Embree and Jones seek to illuminate how people are spiritually affected by violence and inequality, whether it is in their living rooms or halfway across the world. The purpose of this series is to reaffirm the need for art that considers how power and politics shape lives in a world where news is too often fiction and literature willfully oblivious of its own context.

Embree is author of the Lambda Literary Award-nominated “Manstealing For Fat Girls,” a young adult novel populated by teen rebels questioning what freedom can even mean when everyone really is out to get you. “Hand Over Fist,” winner of the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival Playwriting Prize, is a post-Katrina comedy about grift, feng shui and the politics of disaster.

Jones is the author of the short story collection “Deliver Me From Nowhere,” a literary “cover” of Bruce Springsteen’s “Nebraska” album. He publishes the zine Teenage Death Songs’ and is the recipient of several fellowships including awards from the Jacob K. Javits Foundation and the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. He was the George Bennett Fellow at Phillips Exeter Academy in 2010-11, where he continued work on a novel about a small Appalachian town notorious for two brutal incidents: the hanging of an elephant; and the expulsion of its entire black population. He was raised in the mountains of East Tennessee and currently lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Admission is by donation. Popcorn and juice will be served.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.