Archive for September, 2018

Reading Queer: Poetry in a Time of Chaos (Lambda Litfest) Sunday, Sept 30, 2-3p @ Ave 50 Studio!

September 30, 2018

Reading_QueerThis reading at Lambda Litfest will celebrate Reading Queer: Poetry in a Time of Chaos ( edited by Neil de la Flor and Maureen Seaton and published by Anhinga Press (, a collection of the most subversive, gritty, moving, and courageous writing to come out of the U.S. queer community in recent political times. Reading Queer: Poetry in a Time of Chaos brings the LGBTQI community together in the spirit and solidarity of poetry at its finest and fiercest. “It is our gift to all conscious citizens. With love.” (Seaton & de la Flor). Co-organizers (and emcees) of the event are Ching-In Chen and Kevin Simmonds, who are both contributors to the anthology. Readers include: Cathleen Chambless, L Lamar Wilson, Caridad Moro-Gronlier and TC Tolbert.

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. For more information, look at this resource:

Accessibility information from the space: The gender neutral bathroom with more access is out of order right now, the gender neutral bathroom that does work has limited accessibility, for example larger wheelchairs won’t fit. The space is accessible otherwise – through the front door all the way through to the back door. There is sufficient light. There is no designated parking space for mobility transportation, but there is ample parking in the back though it is unpacked and not even. There is also street parking with driveways for van ramps etc. We are trying to fix the accesible bathroom through, but it’s taking longer than we’d like. We do have access to a sign language interpreter, if you need, but we’d have to know in advance.

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Cathleen Chambless is from Miami, Florida. She graduated with her MFA in poetry from FIU. She is also a visual artist and activist. Her work has appeared The Electronic Encyclopedia of Experimental Literature, Jai-Alai, Fjords Review, Grief Diaries, Storm Cycle 2014 & 2015, and Wussy Mag. Her debut collection of poetry, Nec(Romantic), was a finalist for the Bisexual Book Awards in 2016.

L. Lamar Wilson is the author of Sacrilegion (Carolina Wren Press, 2013) and co-author of Prime: Poetry and Conversation (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014), with the Phantastique Five. Wilson, a Cave Canem and Callaloo graduate fellow, Florida A&M University alumnus and Affrilachian Poet, holds an MFA from Virginia Tech and earned a doctorate in African American and multiethnic American poetics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He teaches creative writing and African American literature at The University of Alabama.

Caridad Moro-Gronlier is the award winning author of Visionware published by Finishing Line Press as part of its New Women’s Voices Series. She is the recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant and a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in poetry. She is a dual-enrollment English instructor for Miami Dade Public Schools, an English professor for Miami Dade College and the Editor-In-Chief of The Orange Island Review. She resides in Miami, FL with her wife and son.

TC Tolbert often identifies as a trans and genderqueer feminist, collaborator, dancer, and poet but really s/he’s just a human in love with humans doing human things. The author of Gephyromania (Ahsahta Press 2014) and 4 chapbooks, TC is also co-editor (along with Trace Peterson) of Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books 2013). S/he is an EMT and spends his summers leading wilderness trips for Outward Bound. TC was recently named Tucson’s Poet Laureate.


Ching-In Chen is author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi Books/Red Hen Press) and recombinant (Kelsey Street Press) as well as co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities (South End Press; AK Press) and Here is a Pen: an Anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets (Achiote Press). They have received fellowships from Kundiman, Lambda, Watering Hole, Callaloo, Can Serrat and Imagining America. They are also part of Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities. They are a poetry editor for the Texas Review. They can be found online at

Kevin Simmonds is a poet and musician originally from New Orleans. His books include Mad for Meat and Bend to it, the edited anthology Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion & Spirituality and, most recently, the chapbook The Noh of Dorian Corey. He lives in San Francisco.