Archive for March, 2018

Toronto Queer & Trans Asian Poetics (3.15) & NYC Segue Foundation (3.17) Readings!

March 15, 2018
Hope to see some of you lovelies!



1. Toronto Queer & Trans Asian Poetics (Thurs, March 15, 6:30-8p, Glad Day Bookshop, )
Join us for readings by local authors Trish Salah and Tom Cho, and US-based authors Margaret Rhee and Ching-In Chen! A night of poetry, art and literature celebrating the queer and trans Asian diaspora. With Trish Salah and Tom Cho, this event also celebrates the publications of Ching-In Chen’s recombinant, and Margaret Rhee’s Love, Robot, and brings collective queer and trans voices together to imagine otherwise.
Hosted by Loretta Mui

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Born in Halifax, Trish Salah is the author of the Lambda Award-winning poetry collection, Wanting in Arabic, and of Lyric Sexology, Vol. 1, as well as co-editor of a special issue of TSQ on Transgender Cultural Production. She is a member of the editorial boards for Eoagh, Topia and TSQ. Her writing is available in recent and forthcoming issues of Angelaki, Anomaly, Somatechnics, and Supplement. She is currently assistant professor of Gender Studies at Queen’s University, Kingston.


Tom Cho’s current project is a novel about the meaning of life. His full-length debut was the collection of fictions Look Who’s Morphing, published in North America by Arsenal Pulp Press and originally published in his birth country of Australia. Look Who’s Morphing was shortlisted for multiple awards, including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book. Tom also has over 70 publications of fiction pieces in magazines and anthologies such as The Best Australian Stories series, PRISM International, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, and others.


Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi/Red Hen Press, 2009) and recombinant (Kelsey Street Press, 2017). They are a Kundiman, Lambda and Callaloo Fellow and a member of the Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundations writing communities. Chen is also the co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities (South End Press, 2011; AK Press 2016) and Here Is a Pen: an Anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets (Achiote Press, 2009). Their work has appeared in The Best American Experimental Writing, The &NOW Awards 3: The Best Innovative Writing, and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. A poetry editor of the Texas Review, they currently teach creative writing at Sam Houston State University.


Margaret Rhee is a poet, artist, and scholar. She is the author of chapbooks Yellow (Tinfish Press, 2011) and Radio Heart; or, How Robots Fall Out of Love (Finishing Line Press, 2015), nominated for a 2017 Elgin Award, Science Fiction Poetry Association, and Love, Robot (The Operating System, 2017) named a 2017 Best Book of Poetry by Entropy Magazine. Her project The Kimchi Poetry Machine was selected for the Electronic Literature Collection Volume 3. She received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in ethnic and new media studies. Currently, she is a Visiting Scholar at the NYU A/P/A Institute, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at SUNY Buffalo in the Department of Media Study.


Loretta Mui is a second-generation chinese australian comic artist and youth worker. She self-publishes the comic Dreams of Loss & Transformation and will be debuting her new comic Sweat & Tears at this year’s TCAF.


The venue is wheelchair accessible, with an all genders washroom on the main floor. Note, however, that this washroom does not have an e-button for exit, washroom grab bars, and confirmation of the ability for a wheelchair user to slide under the vanity to use the sink, soap, and towel. Please refrain from wearing scents. The nearest subway is Wellesley. Street parking and Green P parking are on Wellesley Street.


Glad Day Bookshop is on the traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishnaabe and the Wendat. We acknowledge them and any other Nations who care for the land (acknowledged and unacknowledged, recorded and unrecorded) as the past, present and future caretakers of this land.

2. NYC Segue Reading Series with El Roy Red (Sat, March 17, 5-6:30p, Zinc Bar, 82 W 3rd St, New York, NY)
Ching-In Chen is author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi Books, 2009) & recombinant (Kelsey Street Press, 2017). A Kundiman & Lambda Fellow, they belong to Macondo & Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundations. Chen is co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home (South End Press, 2011) & poetry editor of Texas Review.

El Roy Red works in the space btwn hope & efficacy until they reach actualization. Galvanized in Black/Brown queer liberation, Red utilizes writing, movement, ritual, & performance to facilitate healing, growth, & alternative futures. #postafrofuturism. Their poems can be found in Apogee Journal & Hand Job Zine.

Doors 4.30 p.m., readings 5 p.m.

The venue is located down one flight of stairs. We apologize that the venue is not wheelchair accessible. There are two non-gender-segregated bathrooms on the main floor. Note, however, that these do not have an e-button for exit, nor washroom grab bars. Please refrain from wearing scents. The nearest subway is West Fourth Street–Washington Square. Street parking is available on West 3rd Street. There is a cash-only $5 entrance fee, which goes to readers.

My AWP 2018 Schedule

March 7, 2018

Wednesday, March 7, 2018:

7-9p Kelsey Street Press & Keep St. Pete Lit: Centenarian Vision @ Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St (with Eleanor Eichenbaum, Fred Hearns, Tenea Johnson, Gloria Muñoz, Paul Wilborn, Amber DiPietra & Sabrina Dalla Valle)

Thursday, March 8, 2018:

9-10:15a Gender Outlaws: Teaching Gender Identity in Creative Writing Panel @ Rm 22, Tampa Convention Center, 1st Fl (with Jody Keisner, Meg Day & Misha Rai)

10:30-11:30a Red Hen Press signing @ Table #1123 @ Book Fair

7-10p Defending Home: An Eco-Inclusive Reading @ The Hideaway, 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd (with Joe Wilkins, Marco Wilkinson, Ben Rutherfurd, Molly Reid, Rosalie Moffett, Aviva Kasowski, Steven Kleinman, Matty Layne Glasgow, Nathan Gehoski, Shamala Gallagher, Nathan Dixon, Michael Copperman, Jennifer S. Cheng, Tamiko Beyer)

Friday, March 9, 2018:

3-4:15p Erasures, White Shame: We Need to Talk Panel @ Rm 20 & 21, Tampa Convention Center, 1st Fl (with Natalia Treviño, Rita Dove, Wendy Barker, Leanne Howe)

7-9p Reading Queer: Poetry in a Time of Chaos @ The Portico, 1001 N Florida Ave (with Bryan Borland, Cathleen Chambless, Gregg Shapiro, Jan Becker, Jericho Brown, J.P. Howard, Ruben Quesada, Sam Sax, Samiya Bashir, Shane Allison & Valerie Wetlaufer)

Saturday, March 10, 2018:

12-12:30p Reading Queer anthology signing @ Anhinga Press Table #1602 @ Book Fair

9:30-11:30p Literaoke at AWP @ Lector’s POP UP Space, above The Hub, 715 N. Franklin

(with Samiya Bashir, Doug Brown, Ramy El-Etreby, Mira Jacob, Lillian Li, Jason Mccall, Rajiv Mohabir, Yesenia Montilla, Sally Wen Mao, Faisal Mohyuddin, Cynthia Dewi Oka, Dianca London, Soham Patel, Natalie Scenters-Zapico, Danny Thanh Nguyen)

All Weekend: Sam Houston State MFA/Texas Review Table #751 @ Book Fair

Failure to Con/Form: Story Circle ~ Círculo de historias March 1

March 1, 2018

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+++ La invitación en español sigue abajo. +++

Failure to Con/Form Story Circle

Trans, nonbinary, intersex &/or gender-non-conforming? Please join Failure to Con/Form, in collaboration with LHI, on March 1, 2018 at The Montrose Center from 6-9 pm for our kickoff story circle!

Failure to Con/Form is an ad-hoc group of trans, genderqueer & gender-non-conforming writers, performers & artists sponsoring a rotating flash-mob reading/performance series in local sites of restriction & healing/safety dedicated to featuring local & nationally recognized trans, genderqueer, intersex & gender-non-conforming writers, performers & artists. This reading/performance series is inspired by the history of LGBTQI* community members who have performed queer takeovers or disruptions of non-queer-friendly spaces such as bars, clubs, proms & Baptist conventions.

We are planning two performances to take place in spring & fall 2018. Each performance will take place over the course of one day & incorporate one site of restriction with a flash-mob reading/performance & one site which will sponsor a healing &/or safety event with a site-specific installation.

As part of the planning process leading up to each performance, we will host a story circle for trans, genderqueer, intersex & gender-non-conforming community members to share stories and nominate sites in which they have experienced restriction as well as sites which have provided spaces of healing &/or safety in Houston, Texas. In addition to community building, we hope to generate stories &/or other material for writers, performers & artists to work with as well as nominate possible sites. Story circles will be bilingual in English and in Spanish to include the two most-frequently used languages in the local trans community.

We will provide refreshments and beverages as part of the Story Circle, including vegan and gluten-free options.

The space is accessible to wheelchair users.

To provide a chemical & fragrance free event, we request that participants not smoke before or during the event & not wear colognes, perfumes or other scented or chemical products to the event.

This event is intended to be age-inclusive–children are welcome, but young children will need to be managed by their own caretakers.

More info? Check out

This project is made possible with the support from The Idea Fund. The Idea Fund is a re-granting program administered by DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, & Project Row Houses & funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Questions? Please contact at:

Ching-In Chen (English) –
John Pluecker (español) –
Círculo de historia para Failure to Con/Form

¿Eres trans, intersexo o una persona de género no-binaria o no-conforme? Por favor acompaña a Failure to Con/Form (Aversión al conformismo) en nuestro círculo de historias inaugural el 1 de marzo, 2018 en el Montrose Center de 6-9pm en colaboración con LHI.

Failure to Con/Form es un grupo ad-hoc de escritorxs, artistas y performancerxs trans, genderqueer y de género no-conforme. Estamos planeando una serie de lecturas y performance tipo flash-mob en sitios de restricción y de sanación/seguridad al nivel local en Houston. En estos eventos, habrá escritorxs, performancerxs y artistas trans, genderqueer, intersexo y de género no-conforme tanto locales como nacionales. Esta serie de lecturas y performance se inspira en la historia de miembrxs de la comunidad LGBTQI* que han hecho ocupaciones y disrupciones queer de sitios que no han apoyado o incluido personas queer, tales como bares, antros, bailes y convenciones bautistas.

Estamos planeando dos eventos que se van a llevar a cabo en la primavera y en el otoño del 2018. Cada performance se llevará a cabo a lo largo de un día y va a incorporar un sitio de restricción y un sitio donde habrá eventos de curación y de seguridad con una instalación diseñada para ese espacio.

Como parte del proceso de planeación antes de cada performance, vamos a armar un Círculo de Historias para que los miembros de la comunidad trans, genderqueer, intersexo y de género no-conforme compartan sus historias y nominen lugares en los cuales han experimentado restricción así como aquellos que han proporcionado espacios de sanación y/o seguridad en Houston, Texas. Además de construir un sentido de comunidad, esperamos generar historias y/u otro material de utilidad para escritorxs, performancerxs y artistas, así como nominar posibles sitios. Estos círculos de historias serán bilingües para ser inclusivos con el inglés y el español, los dos idiomas más utilizados por la comunidad trans de la localidad.

Se proveerá de refrigerios y bebidas como parte del Círculo de Historias, incluyendo opciones veganas y sin gluten.

El espacio ofrece acceso a los usuarios de sillas de ruedas.

Para crear un evento libre de químicos y fragancias, pedimos a los participantes no fumar antes o después del evento y no usar colonias, perfumes o cualquier otra esencia o producto químico para el evento.

Este evento pretende ser inclusivo, lxs niñxs son bienvenidxs, pero lxs niñxs pequeñxs necesitan ser monitoreadxs por sus guardianes.

Si deseas más información, consulta://

Este proyecto ha sido posible con el apoyo de The Idea Fund. The Idea Fund es un programa de re-patrocinamiento administrado por DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, Project Row Houses y patrocinado por The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

¿Tiene preguntas? Por favor contacte a:
Ching-In Chen (English) –
John Pluecker (español) –