Archive for May, 2014

Writing Trans Genres: Emergent Literatures and Criticism, May 22-May 24 (Winnipeg)

May 21, 2014

Excited to be heading to winnipeg for Writing Trans Genres: Emergent Literatures and Criticism, Thursday, May 22 through Saturday, May 24!


Lots of keynotes, plenary panels, readings & other workshops that I’m looking forward to – you can check for the full schedule. Also,


Thanks Trish Salah, Shelagh Pizey-Allen, Owen Campbell and Athena Thiessen for organizing!


Here’s where I’ll be presenting during the conference:


Thursday, May 22:


4:30-6pm Fucking Gender, Fucking Form – Rm 2M70, Eckhardt-Grammate Hall @ University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Ave, w/Ames Hawkins, Ching-In Chen, Emerson Whitney, K. Bradford


As trans and genderqueer writers, we inhabit our bodies, our communities, and our art forms marked and motivated by the contours and contexts of our gender. Our individual blueprints and proclivities — fluxes in desire, ruptures of trauma, morphings of body, configurations of race & class — infuse and drive our textual inventiveness. What we do to the sentence, what we do to the forms of writing on the page — and how we test the borders of the page itself — are 3 of gender fucking. We fuck the very forms we work in, as a creative and intellectual practice, and as part of what we do as gender variant people inhabiting the world. As we do and re-do our gender, we do and re-do the poetics and forms we step into as writers, carving out cultural space.


This panel will be a lively and layered event. We will engage each other in a series of questions about the acts of troubling form and aesthetics as connected to gender, looking at risks, experiments and failures; we will explore the lineage of writers we have been influenced by, then looking at examples of writing as we discuss the possibilities of language, image systems, voice and form via an aesthetics of gender variance. A lively dialogue with the audience will follow.


Friday, May 23:


3-5:30pm Group Reading at the Millennium Library, 251 Donald St, Winnipeg w/Aiyanna Maracle, Amir Rabiyah, Casey Plett, Ching-In Chen, Imogen Binnie, Joy Ladin, Mirha-Soleil Ross, Nathanaël, Rachel Pollack, Trace Peterson


free and open to the public!



Saturday, May 24:

6:30pm-8pm Plenary Panel: Identity and Poetics Across Genres – Eckhardt-Grammate Hall @ University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Ave


free and open to the public, w/ASL interpretation


Panelists: Ching-In Chen, Max Wolf Valerio, Micha Cárdenas, Samuel Ace, Trace Peterson

UW-Parkside Writers’ Conference, poems in Barzakh & WI Fellowship of Poets calendar & Conversant!

May 3, 2014

Hi friendlies,

With more sunshine comes lots of activity!  You can find me in person at the following events:

1) reading with Anne Shaw, Milwaukee, WI hosted by Cynthia Spencer – Saturday, May 3, 2014

2) Keynote @ UW-Parkside Writers’ Conference: “Mutate: Flirting with Boundaries” – 6pm, Wednesday, May 7, 2014


+ my creative work here:

3) my poems, “Letter for Export,” “Girl-not,” “Envelope/Recombinant,” “How heart open,” and “Open heart how” have found a home in the Correspondence issue of Barzakh, alongside some poets & writers I admire & friends including Myung Mi Kim, Purvi Shah, Nathaniel Mackay, Wo Chan, Tomás Urayoán Noel, Amaranth Borsuk & Andy Fitch. Thanks to editor Evan Chen!

4) Just received a hand-delivered copy of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets’ 2014 Calendar. My poem “Rummage: Shiny City” is re-published here. If you want a calendar, you can order it here!

5) An old-school interview (from 2009) from Rachelle Cruz’s The Blood-Jet Hour can be found in this month’s The Conversant. I’ll be joining The Conversant as a Senior Editor, along with Caleb Beckwith, this summer.  The Conversant is a monthly journal featuring serial interview projects, talk poetries, and interviews between poets and other language-based artists and I’m open to queries for provocative interviews on writers and artists.