Archive for February, 2012

2012 AWP Chicago: I’ll be …

February 26, 2012

If you’re going to be at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference in Chicago this week, here’s where you can find me!

All Conference:

I’ll be helping out at the Cream City Review table at the Bookfair, Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue. We will have a new issue to promote, some subscription specials & other fun goodies! Come say hi!

Thursday, March 1, 2012:

1) 10:30-11:30am @ Red Hen Press booth at the Bookfair, Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue

2) 7-10pm @ Ancestors: A Queer Writers of Color Reading

sponsored by the Lambda Literary Foundation

Free Center on Halsted, 3rd Floor, Irving Harris Family Foundation Reception Hall, 3656 N. Halsted St. (at Waveland Ave.)

Chicago, IL 60613, (773) 472-6469

Organized by Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán & Tony Valenzuela

Readers: OluSeyi OluToyin Adebanjo, Nancy Agabian, Ryka Aoki, Tamiko Beyer, Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán, Ching-In Chen, Matthew R. K. Haynes-Kekahuna, Lorenzo Herrera y Lozano, David Keali’i, Janet McAdams, Deborah A. Miranda, Claudia Narváez-Meza, vaimoana litia makakaufaki niumeitolu, Emma Pérez, Jai Arun Ravine, Charles Rice-González, Trish Salah, James Thomas Stevens, D. Antwan Stewart, & Jennifer Lisa Vest.

“Ancestors: A Queer Writers of Color Reading” is a literary reading featuring same-gender-loving, multiple-gender-loving, and transgender poets, non/fiction writers, filmmakers, and performance artists of Indigenous Pacific, Native North American, Arab/Middle Eastern, Asian, Latina/o, and African descent. This event is sponsored by the Lambda Literary Foundation, which nurtures, celebrates, and preserves lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) literature through programs that honor excellence, promote visibility, and encourage development of emerging writers


Friday, March 2, 2012:

3) 12-1pm @ Red Hen Press booth at the Bookfair, Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue

Saturday, March 3, 2012:

4) 9:00-10:15am @ “Queer Poets of Color on Craft: The Art of Decolonization” Panel
Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe St. (between Wabash & State St.), Lobby Level, Honoré Ballroom, Chicago, IL 60603, (312) 726-7500

Panelists: Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán, Samiya Bashir, Deborah A. Miranda, Ching-In Chen, & Tamiko Beyer

There is power in craft. Poets use craft to create possibility, ways of seeing, hearing, and moving the world, re-envisioning it. Queer poets of color use multiple techniques to shape language on the page and stage, the way words flicker across glowing screens and beat against the drums of our ears. From the generation and arrangement of text, to shifts in narrativity and delivery, and the use of multiple registers and media, this panel explores the decolonial power of skillful wor(l)d-weaving.

Too often writers of color are reduced to narrative. There needs to be greater focus on our artistry and poetic craft’s ability to imagine a past, reconceptualize a present, and shape a future. Bringing together poets of African, Arab, Asian, Latina/o, and Native North American descent, this panel delves into intrapoetics and interpoetics, the transfiguring of individual poems and traditions, and interplay between them–queerly decolonizing both texts and communities, and the world they inhabit.


Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán is the author of a poetry collection, _Antes y después del Bronx: Lenapehoking_, and editor of an international queer Indigenous issue of _Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought_. A Wildacres, Paden Institute, and Soul Mountain Resident, he has received scholarships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Lambda Literary Foundation, and Macondo.

Samiya Bashir is the author of _Gospel_, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Finalist, and _Where the Apple Falls_, a Poetry Foundation bestseller, both also Lambda Literary Award Finalists. She is editor of _Best Black Women’s Erotica 2_ and co-editor of _Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art_. A Cave Canem fellow, she is a founding organizer of Fire & Ink.

Deborah A. Miranda is the author of _Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir_ and two poetry books, _Indian Cartography_, winner of the Diane Decorah Award from the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas, and _The Zen of La Llorona_, a Lambda Literary Award Nominee. Associate Professor of English at Washington and Lee University, she is co-editor of _Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature_.

Ching-In Chen is the author of a verse novel, _The Heart’s Traffic_, and co-editor of _The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence within Activist Communities_. A Kundiman, Macondo, and Lambda Fellow, she has been awarded residencies by the Paden Institute, Soul Mountain, the Vermont Studio Center, the Millay Colony, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Tamiko Beyer is the author of the poetry book, _bough breaks_, and Poetry Editor of _Drunken Boat_. Her work appears in _DIAGRAM_; _The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide_; and _Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation_. A Kundiman Fellow and Hedgebrook Resident, she received a grant from the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund. She was also an Olin and Chancellor’s Fellow while completing her MFA at Washington University.

Queer <3 Poems in Glitter Tongue!

February 15, 2012

For those who know me, I’m not a big V-day celebrator & I don’t usually write ❤ poems. But queer friends I ❤ + collaborative writing = my participation in Glitter Tongue, an online collection of love poems by thirty queer and trans poets! I’m so moved by the glittery, beautiful, sexy words of poets like Margaret Rhee, Tamiko Beyer, R. Erica Doyle, Monica Hand, Meg Day, Joseph O. Legaspi, Kevin Simmonds, TC Tolbert & many many more! & fabulously designed by Oliver Bendorf! Enjoy! 🙂

New poems in Revolutionesque! + Black Warrior Review, also Glitter Tongue coming up!

February 12, 2012

Dear poem-lovers,

New homes for some long-marinating poems of mine:

  1. “To Make Black Paper Sing” — a long series inspired by Mark Bradford’s work — is up in Revolutionesque, the 3rd issue of Esque, co-edited by Amy King & Ana Bozicevic! Happy to be amongst 108 other poets including friends & admired poets like Nikki Wallschlaeger, Cynthia Arrieu-King, Kimberly Alidio, Evie Shockley, Emily Kendal Frey & Cara Benson.
  2. Just received my contributor’s copy of the Black Warrior Review Spring/Summer 2012 issue! Thanks to poetry editor & fellow Grinder AB Gorham for including “Gestations: Pathology, Or Prankster of Memory” & “Island Where These Things Happen”
  3. Lastly, excited about Glitter Tongue, a collection of queer love poems that grew out of a collaborative writing effort among queer-poet-friends (Margaret Rhee, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Tamiko Beyer, Oliver Bendorf, Meg Day) & then expanded to community! It’s our anti-Hallmark version of queer love & will be revealed on V-day! 

Love love!