Posts Tagged ‘Genderqueer’

Litanies to My Brown Heavenly Body (honoring Mark Aguhar)

March 12, 2017

Mark Aguhar

Poetics of Self [Re/De] Construction: Litanies to My Brown Heavenly Body (honoring Mark Aguhar)

In homage to Pilipinx trans, femme artist, Mark Aguhar, Poetics of Self [Re/De] Construction: Litanies to My Brown Heavenly Body, queer writers-of-color in this creative reading and panel will explore how our very bodies become litanies, invocations of our existence, our world-making possibilities as what Parreñas Shimizu calls “sites for imagining alternative realities.”

Curated by: Muriel Leung


Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and forthcoming spring 2017 from BOA Editions, Ltd. Chen’s work has appeared in two chapbooks and in publications such as Poetry, Gulf Coast, Buzzfeed, and The Best American Poetry. He has received fellowships from Kundiman, Lambda Literary, and the Saltonstall Foundation. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University. For more, visit

Vanessa Angélica Villarreal is a poet, essayist, and artist born in the borderlands in McAllen, Texas. Her poems have appeared in PBS Newshour, Waxwing, Caketrain, DIAGRAM, DREGINALD, The Feminist Wire, The Western Humanities Review, The Poetry Foundation Harriet Blog, and elsewhere. Most recently, she has served as an editor for the Bettering American Poetry project. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and her book, BEAST MERIDIAN, was a finalist at Nightboat, FuturePoem, Saturnalia, and Willow Books, and is forthcoming from Noemi Press in early 2017. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, and her hometown is Houston, Texas.

Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi/Red Hen Press, 2009) and recombinant (Kelsey Street Press, 2017) as well as 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). A Kundiman, Lambda and Callaloo Fellow, they are part of the Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation writing communities. They have also been awarded fellowships from Can Serrat, Millay Colony for the Arts, the Norman Mailer Center and Imagining America. They serve on the Executive Board of Thinking Its Presence: Race, Advocacy, Solidarity in the Arts as the Director of Membership and Social Media and are a senior editor for The Conversant. Currently, they teach poetry at Sam Houston State University as an Assistant Professor in the English

Kazumi Chin is the author of Having a Coke with Godzilla (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). His work has appeared in GlitterMob, HEArt, Split This Rock’s Poem of the Week series, and elsewhere. His blog, GODZILIANA H8S UR COLONIAL BS can be found at When he grows up, he wants to be Ariana Grande.

Michelle Lin is the author of A House Made of Water (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). Her latest poems can be found in HEArt, Apogee, Powder Keg Magazine, and more. She has taught for the LEAPS summer program, Gluck Fellows Program for the Arts, Young Writer’s Institute, and the University of Pittsburgh. She has performed for Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture, grlhood–redefining the I // here I am, Litquake, and more. A former editor for journals Hot Metal Bridge, B.E. Quarterly, and Mosaic, she currently serves as Poetry Reader for Twelfth House Journal.

Kimberly Alidio wrote After projects the resound (Black Radish, 2016) and solitude being alien (dancing girl press, 2013). She is the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Center for Art and Thought and a poetry fellow of Kundiman and VONA. She received fellowships from Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program and the University of Illinois’s Asian American Studies Program, as well as a doctorate in modern American history from the University of Michigan. A tenure-track dropout and high-school teacher, she hails from Baltimore and lives in East Austin, Texas.

Born in Iloilo City, Philippines, Angela Peñaredondo is a Pilipinx/Pin@y poet and artist. Peñaredondo is the author of the chapbook, Maroon (Jamii Publications) and the book, All Things Lose Thousands of Times (winner of the Hillary Gravendyk Regional Poetry Prize, Inlandia Institute). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Drunken Boat, AAWW’s The Margins, Four Way Review, Cream City Review and elsewhere. Angela resides in Southern California, drifting between deserts, beaches, lowly cities and socially engineered suburbs.

Nicknamed “small but terrible” by her lola, Melissa R. Sipin was born and raised in Carson, CA. She co-edited Kuwento: Lost Things (Carayan Press 2014) and is Editor-in-Chief of TAYO Literary Magazine. Her work is in Guernica Magazine, Black Warrior Review, and PEN American Center, among others. Her fiction has won Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open and the Washington Square Review’s Flash Fiction Prize, as well as scholarships/fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Poets & Writers Inc., Kundiman, VONA/Voices Writers’ Workshop, Squaw Valley’s Community of Writers, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She is hard at work on a novel, is obsessed with yellow mangoes and ordering Chinese delivery when she’s finally found a home. More at:


Now more than ever, our stories matter. Don’t miss #LambdaLitFest Los Angeles, a FREE, weeklong literary festival that celebrates and honors and expands on the rich, diverse tradition of LGBTQ writers and readers in the Southland. Register now:

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

Ching-In’s AWP 2013 Schedule

March 5, 2013

Dear friendlies,

Just arrived in Boston for the Associated Writers & Writing Programs conference @ the Hynes Convention Center & Sheraton Boston this Thursday (March 7-9 2013) until Saturday (March 9, 2013).

Below is the schedule where I’ll be over the week!

Also, you can also find my poem mash-up online in response to 2 Vietnamese children’s paintings (as part of the SpeakPeace exhibit organized by Janet Carr), newly published this week in Lantern Review‘s Hybridity issue, along with work by lovelies Sally Mao, Esther Lee, Karen An-hwei Lee & more!



MARCH 6, 2013 (Wednesday)

7:30-9pm, Flicker and Spark International Queer Anthology Offsite Reading, Boston Alliance of LGBT Youth (BAGLEY) @ the Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02116, for more info or questions

MARCH 7, 2013 (Thursday)

1:30-2:45pm, Flicker and Spark International Queer Anthology Book Signing (part of AWP conference), Split This Rock Table @ AWP Book Fair, for more info or questions

8:30-11:30pm, Intersecting Lineages Offsite Reading: Poets of Color on Cross-Community Collaboration, Make Shift Boston, 549 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118,

Featuring Indigenous, African American, Arab American, Asian American and Latina/o poets engaging in creative exchange and solidarity across racial and ethnic communities. The purpose of this event is to showcase and strengthen ongoing work between these communities, including efforts by community organizations dedicated to nurturing emerging writers from these communities such as Cave Canem, Kundiman, Canto Mundo, and RAWI and Institute of American Indian Arts.

Readers include Elmaz Abinader, Kazim Ali, Kaveh Bassiri, Bryan Bearhart, Tamiko Beyer, R. Erica Doyle, Carolina Ebeid, Laurie Ann Guerrero, Tarfia Faizullah, Santee Frazier, Alison Adelle Hedge Coke, Joan Kane, Doug Kearney, Bojan Louis, Juan Luis Guzman, Farid Matuk, Philip Metres, Sham E-Ali Nayeem, Marilyn Nelson, Deborah Paredez, Soham Patel, Khadijah Queen, Luivette Resto, Afaa Michael Weaver, Andre Yang. MCs: Sherwin Bitsui, Celeste Guzman Mendoza, Hayan Charara, Ching-In Chen, and Kevin Simmonds.

Please join us in ensuring accessibility for beloved members with chemical sensitivity and chronic illness by not bringing fragrances or scents on your clothes, hair, or skin from colognes and perfumes, scented laundry detergent, hair and body products, “natural” products, and essential oils. You can prepare in advance by not using products with fragrance, or by using fragrance free, non-toxic products.

We will be passing the hat to contribute to Make Shift Boston for the use of the space, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

For more info,

MARCH 8, 2013 (Friday)

10:30-11:45am, Intersecting Lineages: Poets of Color on Cross-Community Collaboration Panel (part of AWP conference), Hynes Convention Center, Rm 209, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Inspired by collaboration between organizations mentoring poets of color (Cave Canem, Kundiman and Canto Mundo), poets from indigenous, African American, Arab American, Asian American and Latina/o communities will discuss creative exchange and solidarity amongst writers of color and their communities on this panel. There has been much focus on the exclusion of writers of color, but less attention paid to work happening organically across creative communities of color to collaboratively build the imaginative capacities of their communities. This event highlights the generative possibilities of creative exchanges amongst writers of color. SherwinBitsui, Celeste Guzman Mendoza, Hayan Charara, Ching-In Chen, andKevin Simmonds will begin by reading work by ancestor poets who are considered outside of their self-identified community/-ities. Following this, they will share their own work which highlights this kind of productive hybrid fertilizationand share their experiences to foster a conversation on how to continue this work.

For more info,

6:30-9:30pm, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics Offsite Marathon Reading, Club Cafe, 209 Columbus Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02116

Readers Include: Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran, Ariel Goldberg, Ching-In Chen, Cole Krawitz, Dawn Lundy Martin, EC Crandall, Eileen Myles, Eli Clare, Ely Shiply, Emerson Whitney, HR Hegnauer, Jaime Shearn Coan, Jen (Jay) Besemer, Jenny Johnson, Joy Ladin, Lilith Latini, Max Wolf Valerio, Oliver Bendorf, Samuel Ace, Stacey Waite, Stephen Burt, TC Tolbert, Tim Trace Peterson, Trish Salah, Y. Madrone, Yosmay del Mazo, Zoe Tuck

Sponsored by MTPC (Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition)

For more info,

MARCH 9, 2013 (Saturday)

6:30-8:30pm, Writers Reading from Their Work: Authors from the VONA & Las Dos Brujas Writing Communities, Make Shift Boston, 549 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118.

To promote the forthcoming VONA anthology, Dismantle; Cynthia Oka’s recent book release, Nomad of Salt and Hard Water;and celebrate community, please join us for…

Writers Reading Their Work: Authors from the VONA/Voices and Las Dos Brujas Writing Communities Share Their Writing

short readings from: Cynthia Oka, Minal Hajratwala, Andrea Walls, Camille Acker, Torrie Valentine, Jenn De Leon, Ching-In Chen, Anna Alves, Vanessa Martir, Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, Seve Torres, Tanya Perez-Brennan, Gail Dottin, Dionne Irving Bremyer, Buki Papillon, Alejandro Nodarse, Odilia Galvan Rodriquez, Melissa Rae Sipin-Gabon

$2-4 suggested donation for the space, no one turned away for lack of funds, snacks and wine provided, Sponsored by Thread Makes Blanket and Dinah Press

For more info,



Heading to AWP? Come visit cream city review at our table, @ AWP Book Fair, M17

We’ll have our current issue, broadsides, and back issue bundles for sale, not to mention free swag. Glorious free swag!

We’re offering three distinct bundles of back issues, each centered around a particular theme and lovingly collected by your humble editors.

The QUEER bundle contains three issues featuring the work of Richard Blanco, Ursula K. Le Guin, Audre Lorde, D.A. Powell, Antler and many others.

The NATIVE/WRITERS OF COLOR bundle is also three issues, featuring Alison Adelle Hedge Coke, Joy Harjo, Arthur Boozhoo, Frank X. Walker, Tiphanie Yanique and others.

The GREAT LAKES region bundle is three issues and offers work by B.J. Best, James Liddy, Thylias Moss, Tony Trigilio, Kathleen Rooney and more.

But that’s not all! We’re also selling broadsides from the good folks at Woodland Pattern: poems by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Sherwin Bitsui, and Frank X. Walker are all available and awaiting a spot in your luggage.

In addition to these excellent deals, we’re also hosting a twitter contest during the conference. We’re looking for your finest poem, flash, or microessay, rendered in 140 characters or less. First place receives a free year subscription to cream city review. All subsequent places receive our admiration and affection. Stop by our table for more details.

See you in Boston!
Your friends at cream city review