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Queer Events at AWP 2020

Queer Events at AWP 2020

Author: Edit Team

February 26, 2020

The Association of Writers & Writing Programs Annual Conference and Bookfair (AWP) is just around the corner. With an average of around 550 “readings, lectures, panel discussions, and forums, as well as hundreds of book signings, receptions, dances, and informal gatherings,” AWP is the largest literary conference in North America. Below is a list of LGBTQ happenings to choose from. Thanks to the LGBTQ Writers Caucus for pulling this list together. If we missed any listings, please email us.  Come visit Lambda Literary at The AWP Bookfair  Booth #1420

Henry B. González Convention Center
March 4–7

Come visit Lambda Literary at the AWP Book Fair Booth #1420

Lambda Literary and LGBTQ Writers Caucus Featured Events 


Thursday, March 5th
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Sparky’s Pub
1416 N Main Ave,  San Antonio, Texas 78212

Join the LGBTQ Caucus and Lambda Literary for a mixer to relax and unwind over cocktails. Together Lambda Literary and the LGBTQ Writers Caucus will host another fantastic gathering of the queerest of queer writers at AWP! There will be an open bar for the first hour.

Queer Voices: Nuestra Voz, Nuestro Cuerpo, Nuestro Tiempo—Our Voice, Our Bodies, Our Time

Friday, March 6th
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Esperanza Peace & Justice Center
922 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio, Texas 78212

Experience Latinx Queer San Antonio through the words of local writers and poets. The LGBTQ Writers Caucus  with the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, the Pride Center, Raspa Magazine and Anel Flores Studio are hosting  this special off-site event.

LGBTQ Panels

Thursday, March 5, 2020

9:00 am to 10:15 am

R140. “This Possibility of You”: Bi+ Visibility in Poetry Room 302, Henry B. González Convention Center, Ballroom Level (Emilia Phillips, Ruth Awad, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Trace Peterson, Rosebud Ben-Oni)

June Jordan’s “Poem for My Love” marvels in “this possibility of you,” the ungendered beloved. This panel will explore the complex possibilities for the ways that bi+ sexualities—that is, any nonmonosexuality—are rendered and/or erased in poetry and the literary community. What defines a bi+ poetics? We will look at historic and contemporary examples, and participants will discuss the ways they intersectionally engage bi+ desire, identity, and experiences in their own writings. 

12:10 pm to 1:25 pm

R178. Queering the Essay/Queer Essayists Consider Genre Room 006B, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level (Jenny Ferguson, Marcos Gonsalez, Kayla Whaley, Danny Ramadan, Tania De Rozario)

The essay is a queer genre, flexible and strange among its siblings, fiction, poetry, and drama. However, the essay’s roots herald back to (mostly) white, cis-het men. In this panel five queer essayists consider genre, what the essay can really do for us, and if queering the essay has anything to do with the surging popularity of the genre for BIPOC, QT2S, and other marginalized writers. We’ll talk personal, flash, and lyric essays, plus hybrids, and ultimately what it says to queer the essay. 

R180. Representation | Responsibility: Who Are We Responsible For? Room 006D, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level (Virginia Lee Wood, Miroslav Penkov, Priscilla Ybarra, Kim Garza, Spencer Hyde)

When writing from a marginalized position, who does the writer have a responsibility toward? Whether it be from positions of race, queerness, religion, immigration, or illness, does the writer carry the responsibility to represent their communities? Is it possible to “represent” while maintaining agency and autonomy? If the writer occupies a space of hybridity, between worlds, what then? A cross-genre panel explores the implications of carrying community while writing from the margins. 

R197. Live Onstage! Writing Queer Latinx Lives in Plays Room 214C, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level (Ramon Rivera-Servera, Charles Rice-Gonzalez, Virginia Grise, Jesus Alonzo, Christina “CQ” Quintana)

How can we write vibrant, authentic characters who drive or support the narrative of a play who are queer and Latinx, and participate with full complexity and wholehearted representation? The panel explores a diversity of experiences living in an intersectional space, and how they expand the dialogue of American life in theater. Playwrights from different Latinx cultures share creative strategies about character development and the productions in which those characters live on stage. 

R199. Centering Margins: Literary Translation as Social Activism, Sponsored by ALTA Room 216A, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level (Somrita Ganguly, Eric M. B. Becker, Larissa Kyzer, Elina Alter)

This panel critically examines how literary translation is/can be a form of social activism by echoing voices from the margins. By choosing to translate feminist, Dalit, disability and/or queer writings from around the world, or by translating the literatures of “banned” communities, one can create a common ground to share diverse experiences and demonstrate how people’s struggles are not isolated or insular. 

3:20 pm to 4:35 pm

R256. Queer and Femme Digital Literature Room 205, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level (Katie Schaag, Sam Cohen, Kate Durbin, Feliz Lucia Molina, Sandra Rosales)

YES FEMMES, a digital publishing experiment. Kardashians, an existentialist reality TV novel. “Emoji Collages w/ Matisse,” a drag & paste world. “The Infinite Woman,” a computational poem. Panelists discuss their approaches to queer and femme digital literary forms and processes. What’s femme about code? What’s queer about erasure? What’s femme about remix, pixels, hypertext, emojis? How do queer/femme aesthetics impact the form, content, and interactive experience of multimedia poetry and fiction? 

R264. Reworking the Workshop: Changing Dynamics for a Diverse Classroom 

Room 212, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level (Alexandra Teague, Sean Hill, Prageeta Sharma, Divya Victor, CMarie Fuhrman)

Professors and students spend hours in workshops, often using the classic model of the silent writer who listens. How does this model, and even taxonomies such as “essay” versus “story,” privilege dominant power structures? How can poetry and prose workshops serve writers who are indigenous, of color, multilingual, and/or women and LGBTQ+ when workshop themselves often reinforce their silence? Professors and a recent grad consider ways to better serve complex communities and diverse voices. 

R282. The Split Story: Fractured Identities and Hybrid Narratives Room 305, Henry B. González Convention Center, Ballroom Level (Marissa Landrigan, Colette Arrand, Amy Monticello, Adriana Paramo)

In a world that too often dismisses their stories, many queer, trans, and female writers are drawn to the hybrid narrative: a fragmented mosaic of personal experience and social, political, cultural, or natural history. These panelists will discuss their hybrid books-in-progress, how they’re incorporating research or cultural concerns, where one story must necessarily give way to the other, what the personal brings to the universal, and the risks inherent in telling a personal story we don’t own. 

6:30 pm to 7:45 pm

R293. LGBTQ Caucus Room 213, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level (A Poythress, Eduardo Ballestero, Megan Bronson, And Schuster, Alan Lessik)

The LGBTQ Writers Caucus provides a space for writers who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer to network and discuss common issues and challenges, such as representation and visibility on and off the literary page; and how to incorporate one’s personal identity into their professional and academic lives. The Caucus also strives to discuss, develop, and increase queer representation for future AWP conferences, and serve as a supportive community and resource for its members. 

Friday, March 6, 2020 

9:00 am to 10:15 am

F124. Cinco: A Multigenre Reading Room 207, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level (Francisco Aragón, Florencia Ramirez, Felicia Zamora, David Campos, Dariel Suarez)

Latinx writers are poised to be an indelible presence at AWP as it unfolds, for the first time, in a Latinx city. Red Hen Press is pleased to present a slate of its Latinx authors sharing new work: the latest winner of one its national poetry book prizes; a fiction writer with a forthcoming novel; a recently published nonfiction writer; a new Red Hen poet adding to the press’ LGBTQ legacy; and a poet slated to publish a book in collaboration with a Chicano visual artist. 

10:35 am to 11:50 am

F162. Writers, of Color, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, LGBTQ, Confront the Holocaust Room 214A, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level (Ellen Bass, Jacqueline Osherow, Sara Lippmann, Howard Debs, Geoffrey Philp)

The book New Voices: Contemporary Writers Confronting the Holocaust is groundbreaking. It uniquely juxtaposes preserved visual artifacts (vintage photos, propaganda posters, etc.) selected from noted collections with newly written work from poets, essayists, short story and flash fiction writers. Panelists will read from their work and discuss how they rendered an interpretive voice to the “silent witnesses” from that time, focusing on the lessons for all humanity. 

F163. The City as Indigenous Place: Beneath, Between, and Beyond the Urban in Native Art Room 214B, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level (Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán, ku’ualoha ho’omanawanui, No’ukahau’oli Revilla, Lisa Suhair Majaj, Micaela Kaibni Raen)

For Indigenous people living in cities, urban life is layered, existing before and after, between and beyond, cognizant of and resisting, the colonial maps and settlerscapes of the metropolis. Mining municipal memory, womanist/queer/trans Indigenous Pacific, Native North American, and Palestinian writers, editors, publishers, and visual/sound/performance artists dismantle and reassemble the building blocks of burghal narratives as understood in the cities of Oceania, Palestine, and the Américas. 

F168. Queer Is as Queer Does: Enacting Queer Pedagogy in the Writing Classroom Room 217B, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level (Jen Sammons, Ames Hawkins, Samuel Autman, Violet Defiant Livingston)

What does it mean to queer the writing classroom and why does it matter? Building on inclusive pedagogical approaches, this multigenre, diverse panel of Midwest educators considers what queering looks like/sounds like/feels like in our own pedagogy and invites participants into a collaborative conversation about queering form and content in the transgenre creative writing classroom. Join us as we demonstrate, explore, construct, and co-create queer pedagogy. 

12:10 pm to 1:25 pm

F193. Butch, Bitch, or Whore? American Women Veteran Writers Room 211, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level (Jacqlyn cope, Kayla Williams, Max Frazier, Jerri Bell)

Men continue to dominate the discussion about America’s longest war. Women serve alongside men in war and peacetime and their voices, replete with universal questions explored in their writing, need to be heard. In our panel we represent the diversity of the military by sharing women’s unique stories that both include and go beyond traditional trauma hero war literature to issues such as gender and racial discrimination, redeployment, family life, coping, and civilian reintegration. 

F197. Writing Away and Back to the Border: Unlearning Toxic Masculinity through Poetry Room 214B, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level (Miguel M. Morales, José Héctor Cadena, Pablo Miguel Martínez)

How can poets actively contest reproducing toxic masculinity in our craft? This Queer Latinx poetry panel examines heteropatriarchy rooted in the physical and internal borderlands. Panelists explore how distance, memory, and space serve as lenses to identify and unlearn toxicity, including misogyny and machismo, by writing about and from those toxic spaces. This multigenerational, mixed status panel will also share texts challenging masculinity inhabiting both sides of the border and the page. 

1:45 pm to 3:00 pm

F213. We’re Here, We’re Queer: LGBTQ+ Small Presses and Journals Speak Up Room 006A, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level (Luiza Flynn-Goodlett, Dena Rod, Stephanie Glazier, tammy lynne stoner)

There’s a vibrant history of LGBTQ+ writers protesting, celebrating, and finding belonging in shared creative endeavors, and today’s most urgent, celebrated writing is emerging from small queer presses and journals. Editors at these presses detail the joys and struggles of dedicating a venture to queer work and queer authors; share their journey of starting or growing a queer literary organization; and encourage the audience to similarly devote themselves to the queer literary community. 

F234. Pushing Boundary: Trans and Genderqueer Poets Beyond the Page Room 214D, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level (Samuel Ace, Ching-In Chen, Trish Salah, Duriel Harris, Andrea Abi-Karam)

Five trans, genderqueer, and nonbinary identified poets will showcase how they work beyond the printed page. In addition to work that exists at the intersection of the body and text, these poets produce interdisciplinary work which creates embodied, living, and breathing works through the use of image, sound, dance, performance, recording, and video. The results are multidisciplinary, often refractive, accumulating into fluid, rich, and multilayered forms. 

F237. Identity Politics: Minority Professors in the University Classroom Room 217B, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level (Allison Amend, Marisa Matarazzo, Adriana Ramírez, Dhipinder Walia, Jenny Yang Cropp)

It’s a familiar and problematic narrative: white teacher travels to the “hood” to “save” urban students. But what if the educator is a member of a minority or traditionally marginalized group? What are the responsibilities/challenges for these instructors in representing their own identities as they educate those who are different? This panel explores best practices and concerns when teaching in communities whose race, gender, sexual orientation, and privilege are different from the educator’s. 

F238. Gender, Genre, Word, and the World: New Books from Trans and Queer Writers Room 217C, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level (Oliver Baez Bendorf, Jaquira Díaz, T Fleischmann, Malcolm Tariq, John Elizabeth Stintzi)

2020 was once the future, but now it is present. Join five trans and queer writers who will read from brand new books in memoir, essay, poetry, and fiction, that breathe new worlds into being from the margins. Drawing from imagination, memory, and history, these are stories of ordinary and extraordinary survival, love, gender nonconformity, pleasure, and transformation, amid grief, violence, colonialism, isolation, and other inherited traumas of the modern world. 

F240. The Poetry of Pandemic: Children, Death, and Fucking Room 218, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level (Robert Carr, C Russell Price, Madelyn Garner, Julene Tripp Weaver, Jason Schneiderman)

This cross-generational panel sings pandemic through poetry at the most intimate level: a poet who lost her son to HIV, a poet linking 30 years of public health activism to poetry, a poet navigating her bisexual identity while living with HIV, a poet documenting addiction and sex in the world of PrEP and U = U, a genderqueer poet of apocalypse confronting the binary. This panel cuts through the crap of generational difference. We invite you, your lovers, and your dead. Join the discussion. 

F242. A Reading & Conversation with Ada Limón, Jake Skeets, and Rigoberto González, Sponsored by Milkweed Editions HemisFair Ballroom C3, Henry B. González Convention Center, Ballroom Level (Rigoberto González, Ada Limón, Jake Skeets)

Milkweed Editions presents two critically acclaimed poets in conversation with award-winning writer and critic Rigoberto González: Ada Limón, author of the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning collection The Carrying, an ecstatic and vulnerable paean to the universality of grief and astonishment; and Diné poet Jake Skeets, author of the highly-anticipated debut Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers, a collection that explores how alcoholism, masculinity, queerness, land, and language interact and counteract. 

3:20 pm to 4:35 pm

F254. Queer Latinx Men & Vulnerability Room 007C, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level (Joe Jimenez, David Lopez, Jesus Peña, Gus Hernandez, Saul Hernandez)

Writers who write about identity and culture, or those who grew up with limitations as to how they could express themselves, know how one’s own culture plays a huge part in showing vulnerability. As queer Latinx writers, we write because vulnerability is often seen as weakness in our machismo culture. Panelists will discuss the implications and benefits of being vulnerable on the page.We will also discuss how reimagining vulnerability gives writers the space to show different facets of Latinx cultures. 

F255. The Other on the Mic Room 008, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level (Anthony Moll, Celeste Doaks, Rachel Zucker, Joseph Osmundson)

While America is still gravely divided, in both a political sense and a fracturing of media, more and more women, people of color, and queer writers are podcasting to claim their space in the literary world. A diverse panel of podcast hosts will discuss their shows and what they add to the literary landscape. These fearless podcast hosts will illustrate what it means to have Us not just “represented,” but in charge, crafting our own narratives on books and culture. 

F262. Silenced Voices in Young Adult Literature Room 211, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level (Suzanne Weyn, Pamela Laskin, Nina Packebush, Mahogany L. Browne)

Too many voices have been villainized or silenced by the rise of a right-wing contingency, and the push toward a conservative ideology in America and the world. This panel—comprised of diverse ethnic and gender-focused writers and academics who have dared to shout out these injustices—focuses on the narratives and counternarratives such as LGBTQlA+ issues; the Latinx and Caribbean American crisis; the Rohingya Muslim genocide and other orientations and populations. 


Saturday, March 7, 2020 

9:00 am to 10:15 am

S132. Inclusive Who?: Running a Reading Series That Supports Marginalized Writers Room 214A, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level (Schandra Madha, Annar Verold, Cori Bratby-Rudd, Julia Lattimer , Nia KB)

From sightings in bookstores and galleries to bars and boxing rings, reading series’ are a vital part of all literary communities. A reading series with special focus on POC, queer, disabled, and otherwise marginalized communities, though, creates spaces of resistance and camaraderie that otherwise wouldn’t exist within the mainstream literary canon. On this panel, curators will share how their reading series started and how they decenter traditional methods of running a reading series. 

S139. Beyond the Brady Bunch: Reinventing the Poem of the American Family Room 217C, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level (Geffrey Davis, Keetje Kuipers, Erika Meitner, Oliver de la Paz, Blas Falconer)

While poets have long delved into the complications of rendering family on the page, it can be challenging to navigate poems in the vein of parental devotion or childhood trauma when our families break the traditional mold. Whether caring for aging parents or raising kids, these narratives remain utterly familiar while their specifics—queer parents, neurodiverse children, transracial adoption—have never felt so varied. How do we find new ways to write the new families so many of us belong to? 

10:35 am to 11:50 am

S147. The Importance of Novels in Preserving Queer History Room 006B, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level (Viet Dinh, Carter Sickels, Alan Lessik, Brandy Wilson)

History is determined by those who record and remember what happened. LGBTQ people are not the only group that has seen its history distorted or eliminated. Novels often serve as the only place readers can find information about queer lives, events, and livelihoods in the near and distant past. Four novelists will read from their works and discuss how they have preserved the real-life stories of people and events which offer insights to queer contributions to history. 

S166. Heretic Poets Rewriting Sacred Texts Room 214C, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level (Elizabeth Harlan-Ferlo, Rajiv Mohabir, Melissa Bennett, Alicia Jo Rabins) How do we reimagine our sacred texts in ways that free them (and us) from colonization and oppression? A panel of poets engaged with their own faith traditions discusses the challenges and excitement of retelling inherited sacred narratives, especially for those of us in queer, femme, or nonbinary bodies, and indigenous or previously colonized communities. We’ll share approaches for rehearing and rewriting traditional sacred stories, and offer strategies for others to do the same. 

12:10 pm to 1:25 pm

S198. Their Dogs Came with Them: A Staged Reading Room 214B, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level (Virginia Grise, Manuel Muñoz)

A staged reading with local actors of Helena María Viramontes’s epic novel Their Dogs Came with Them. Told through the voices of four Mexican American youth in East LA during the 1960s, Viramontes ascribes new meanings to gang life dramas, genderqueer identities, and Chicana coming-of-age barrio tales. Adapted for the stage by Virginia Grise, the play addresses the effects and aftereffects of war, mental illness, and state violence. Manuel Muñoz will introduce the reading. 

S202. Lambda Literary Fellows on Transnational and Intersectional Queer Fiction Room 217A, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level (Serkan Gorkemli, Natasha Dennerstein, Javi Fuentes, Melissa Nigro, Ricco Villanueva Siasoco)

Recent fiction has increasingly featured diverse local and global representations of queer identities. But the concept of queerness also conveys a nonnormative, nonessentialist, anti-identity stance. Mindful of this inherent tension, this panel of 2018 Lambda Literary fellows engages with the following questions: What forms does, and can, queerness take in fiction? And what roles do nationality and intersectionality play in how queer writers explore questions of identity? 

S207. Jill Soloway Presents TOPPLE Books in Conversation with Melissa Faliveno, Moderated by Hafizah Geter HemisFair Ballroom C3, Henry B. González Convention Center, Ballroom Level (Melissa Faliveno, Jill Soloway, Hafizah Geter)

Launching in fall 2020, TOPPLE Books spotlights the voices of woman of color, gender-nonconforming, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer writers. TOPPLE Books editor-at-large Jill Soloway sits down with Melissa Faliveno (author of TOMBOYLAND, forthcoming from TOPPLE in August 2020) for a candid conversation on the imprint’s forthcoming list of titles, how TOPPLE’s editors are discovering new voices to share with readers, and the revolutionary importance of feminist storytellers. Moderated by TOPPLE Books editor Hafizah Geter. 

1:45 pm to 3:00 pm

S237. The Case for Crime: Writing Crime Narratives in a Changing World Room 217C, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level (Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, Emma Copley Eisenberg, Meredith Talusan, Stephanie Cha, Rachel Monroe)

A recent surge in high-quality literary work engaging with crime through lenses of race, gender, class, and queerness have breathed new life into a genre once seen as salacious and formulaic. Yet writers may still encounter prejudices and expectations from readers and the publishing world. How do we approach crime stories with responsibility and care? And why write crime in the first place? Nonfiction writers and novelists with recent books in the field offer practical insights. 

3:20 pm to 4:35 pm

S249. Bodily Transformations: Reclaiming the Self Room 006C, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level (Canese Jarboe, Christina Rothenbeck, Mary Leauna Christensen, Victoria C. Flanagan, R. Cassandra Bruner) Join five diverse poets as they share their artistic work and theories on the merit of writing bodily transformations. Panelists will discuss using transformations to understand societal constraints placed on femme, POC, and queer bodies, how myths and fairytales can be deconstructed to ruminate on historical and personal violences, and how reimagining the liminal body and the mind tethered to it as folkloric, animal, and even monstrous can provide distance needed to reclaim the self. 

S260. Latinx in Zines: Creating Space for Underrepresented Voices Room 212, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level (Natasha Hernandez, Breena Nuñez , Rebecca Gonzales, Yeiry Guevara, Ana Ortiz Varela)

Natasha Hernandez, chicana editor of St. Sucia, international feminist zine, will moderate Anakaren Ortiz Varela, queer Mexican editor of La Liga, a decolonial latinx zine, Rebecca Gonzales, WOC whose work explores East LA roots and life, Yeiry Guevara, writer and translator whose poetry explores Salvadoran American identity, and Breena Nuñez, a grad student and cartoonist whose work explores Afrolatinx nonbinary identity. We will explore panelists’ zine journeys and how they have used this space to challenge the larger literary world. 

S267. The Overshare: Navigating Public and Private Identities in the Writing Classroom Room 217A, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level (Olivia Worden, Juan Morales, Curtis Bauer, Melissa Febos, Syreeta McFadden)

What happens when you run into your students on a nude beach, when they read your addiction memoir, or your sexy and queer autobiographical poems? This panel has a twofold focus: how to support students who are prone to overshare (and decide if you are a mandated reporter) and to help navigate who we are as professors in control of a classroom and a grade and as whole complex people. In the age of insta-google how do you maintain your identities and mental health? 

S274. You’ve Got It Wrong: Writing against Misperceptions Room 301, Henry B. González Convention Center, Ballroom Level (Marie Mutsuki Mockett, Carmen Maria Machado, Ander Monson, Paul Lisicky, Fiona McCrae)

In an age of misinformation, how do writers of nonfiction make space for work that challenges dominant narratives? These four Graywolf Press writers actively overturn commonly held assumptions about their subjects, whether examining farming in the rural Midwest, abuse in queer relationships, the AIDS epidemic by way of Provincetown, or gun violence and water usage in the American Southwest. These writers will read and discuss with publisher Fiona McCrae how their work shatters misperceptions.

Offsite Events

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

No Lines Left to Draw: A Queer Poetry Showcase

J & O’s Bar

1014  S Presa St

San Antonio, TX 78210

Join us at J&O’s Bar for an offsite reading of exciting queer writers, featuring Jai Dulani, Zefyr Lisowski, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Jubi Arriola-Headley, and Claudia Cortese. Come scent-free and dazzling.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

A Decade of Disturbance: 10 Years of Sibling Rivalry Press

La Villita Cafe

418 Villita St

San Antonio, TX 78205

Join Sibling Rivalry Press family and friends as we celebrate a decade of disturbance! Our tentative lineup includes C. Russell Price, Julie E. Bloemeke, Martin Farawell, Jubi Arriola-Headley, KMA Sullivan, Nathan Spoon, Sarah Browning, Eric Tran, Jee Leong Koh, Brody Parrish Craig, Miah Jeffra, and Kay Ulanday Barrett. Hosted by Bryan Borland and Seth Pennington.

8:45 pm to 10:30 pm

Gertrude Journal’s Get Your Glitter On Queer Reading

Sparky’s Pub

1416 N Main Ave

San Antonio, TX 78212

Join Gertrude journal and the University of Texas Press for another night of fantastic readings, featuring Dale Corvino, Sasha Geffen, Chelsey Johnson, Megan Nicole Kruse, Carter Sickels, and Arisa White. During the event, we’ll be raffling off a few Gertie Book Boxes full of new queer books in between celebrating some of the best work going. The fun starts right after the LGBTQ Caucus, so make a night of it. Come out and get your glitter on! Hosted by tammy lynne stoner, Stephanie Glazier, and Jack Kaulfus.

Friday, March 6

7:00 pm to 10 pm

Queer Voices: Nuestra Voz, Nuestro Cuerpo, Nuestro Tiempo—Our Voice, Our Bodies, Our Time

Esperanza Peace & Justice Center,

922 San Pedro Ave

San Antonio, Texas 78212

Experience Latinx Queer San Antonio through the words of local writers and poets. The LGBTQ Writers Caucus  with the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, the Pride Center, Anel Flores Studio and Miguel Morales are hosting  this special off-site event.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The Erotic as Power: A Reading & Celebration

Merkaba (Riverwalk)

111 W Crockett St, Suite 205

San Antonio, TX 78205

This tribute to Audre Lorde’s powerful essay is a celebration of sensuality, sex, and the reclamation of our bodies through acts of resistance, defiance, attraction, & love. Rapid-fire readings by Nicole Dennis-Benn, Katie Farris, Denice Frohman, Robin Gow, Patricia Spears Jones, Ilya Kaminsky, Rickey Laurentiis, Cynthia Dewi Oka, Katie Peterson, Safiya Sinclair, Benny Sisson, Patricia Smith, & Matthew Zapruder. Plenty of drink tickets for all! Live DJ following the event. Hosted by The Shipman Agency, UC Davis & Village of Crickets. Co-sponsored by Adelphi University MFA


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