PVD Queer Salon and Topside Press Present,
Featuring Red Durkin, Susan Jane Bigelow, Imogen Binnie, Elliott Deline, Cat Fitzpatrick,K. Tait Jarboe, Riley MacLeod and Tom Léger.
When: 7pm, Saturday, February 15, 2014
Where: 186 Carpenter Gallery and Performance Space
186 Carpenter Street
Providence, RI 02903
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Topside Press was founded in 2011 with the mission of publishing authentic transgender narratives. “The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard” was the inaugural title and became a 2012 Lambda Literary Award winner.
Queer Salon is an interdisciplinary series exploring queer art and art by queers, featuring visual art, performance, poetry, prose, films, plays, essays and everything in between.
About the authors:
Susan Jane Bigelow is a librarian, fiction writer and political columnist. She is the author of the Extrahumans andGrayline Sisters series, published by small press Candlemark & Gleam. Her short fiction has appeared several anthologies, and her nonfiction can be found in Queers Dig Time Lords among other places. She lives with her wife in northern Connecticut.
Imogen Binnie is the author of the 2013 novel Nevada She has previously written for The Skinny, PrettyQueer.com and currently is the author of the long-running column in Maximum Rock n’ Roll called “We See Through You”
Red Durkin is a stand-up comedian, writer, and activist. She has toured extensively as part of the Tranny Roadshow, performed at Camp Trans and the Transgender Leadership Summit and was a member of the Fully Functional Cabaret. She is the managing editor of PrettyQueer.com.
Elliott DeLine is a writer from Syracuse, NY. His work has been featured in the NY Times, Original Plumbing, and The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard. He is the author of the novel Refuse and the novella I Know Very Well How I Got My Name.
Cat Fitzpatrick is a poet and essayist, and has published her work in venues as diverse as Asylum and English. Originally from the UK, she is currently teaching English Literature at Rutgers, Newark, and refusing to leave the house because it’s too cold.
K. Tait Jarboe is a sound designer and writer of speculative fiction and essays. Their work has appeared in “The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard” (2012) and “Friend. Follow. Text. #storiesFromLivingOnline” (2013). They live in Boston.
Riley MacLeod is co-editor of “The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard,” winner of the 2012 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Fiction. He has written numerous plays, fiction, and essays, which you could probably Google.
Tom Léger is an essayist, dramatic writer and filmmaker who lives in Brooklyn, New York.
CALL FOR PAPERS/APPEL À COMMUNICATIONS
Writing Trans Genres: Emergent Literatures and Criticism
May 22-24, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg Manitoba
What is or might be Trans Literature? Transsexual, two spirit, genderqueer and transgender literatures? What are or might be trans genres, narratives, figures, poetics? How do we think about what makes writing trans? The recent publication of anthologies such as The Collection and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetries and Poetics, last spring’s Trans Poetics Symposium in Tucson, Az., conversations on the pages of Lambda Literary, and a host of recent panel discussions on the topic of trans literatures, suggest where and how such questions are currently posed. At the same time the history of trans and two spirit representation is largely a history of our misrepresentation by non-trans and non-two spirit peoples, and our self representation necessarily contends with that legacy.
Inspired by conferences such as Women and Words / Les femmes et les mots and anthologies like This Bridge Called My Back, this conference aims to develop critical lenses for reading trans literatures. One needn’t be an academic to do intellectual work, and writers, readers and community members can and do engage critically without being situated within the university. In fact, some of the most critical work may come of speaking back to sites of institutional knowledge production. Even as two spirit, genderqueer and trans identified writers are enjoying unprecedented ability to publish in commercial, literary and scholarly venues, as well as forming our own presses and journals, access to these forums continues to be relative, inflected by multiple forms of privilege and oppression, as well as by aesthetic and political affiliation. As such, this call for proposals is an invitation to writers, performers, critics, and community members to participate in developing critical contexts for reading and interpreting an emerging body of literature by transgender, transsexual, two spirit and genderqueer writers, on two spirit, trans, and genderqueer terms.
We are interested in seeing proposals that theorize how we might best read literature authored by trans, two spirit, and genderqueer folk. Possible topics to be explored include:
This is an invitation to entertain these questions, and to pose new ones.
Proposals for academic papers and panels, as well as for artist’s workshops and performances, are welcome. Papers should be suitable for presentation in fifteen minutes; panels proposed should include between three and five participants; workshops may be proposed for either one or two hour blocks. Performance proposals should indicate whether they are better suited to presentation within a group reading or within the conference cabaret.
Please submit 250 to 400 word abstracts for papers, workshops and/or performances by February 15, 2014. Panel proposals should include a 200 word panel description as well as individual abstracts. You will be informed of the status of your proposal on March 1, 2014.
Presenters will be encouraged to upload full papers, workshop outlines, and/or relevant secondary materials to the conference website in the first week of May.
Highlights of the symposium (keynotes and the opening plenary) will be streamed live on the web. Recorded conference proceedings will be digitally archived, and publically accessible online.
Please submit proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate in the subject line whether your proposal is for a paper, panel, workshop or performance.
For all other questions and concerns, please write to email@example.com and indicate in the subject line: query.
Sliding scale: (Salaried/full time: 120$, Part time/contract: 40$, unwaged: 10$)
Keynotes and daytime readings: free and open to the public.
Other registration details: TBA
Writing Trans Genres is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg.