Nov
10
5:00 PM17:00

Beyond the Rainbow: Writing Towards a Queer Ecopoetics

Ecopoetics frequently evokes the natural, and thus what society deems moral, appropriate, or pure. How can we as writers subvert centuries of thought that define marginalized identities as unnatural by considering these same ecological systems? In this generative workshop, we’ll read contemporary poets whose work explores both queer identity and environment. We’ll discuss and draft poems that queer ecopoetry in various ways: through the poet’s or speaker's own lens, through knowledge of queer ecological processes, through form and language. Our poems will navigate and celebrate our own truths, as well as the diverse environments we inhabit.

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Aug
4
8:00 AM08:00

OutWrite 2019: Drag Poetics Workshop

Drag queens queer gender & pageantry, embodying a performance of liberation on stage. A drag poetics considers the intersection of this artistry with both the written & spoken word. In this generative workshop, we will consider persona & form, the wig & reveal, as we embrace the deathtrap divas within us & craft our own sequined ditties.

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Jul
21
10:15 AM10:15

Gemini Ink Writers Conference: Haunted Environments & Hidden Stories

  • El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel -- Monte Cristo A (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Matty joins Esteban Rodriguez, Renee Christopher, Leanna Petronella, & Ayo Falomo on this panel to discuss the role of identity in excavating memory & negotiating place.

For writers of marginalized identities, environment can serve as both a site of and an escape from trauma. In what ways can we as writers honor the places that made us & liberate ourselves from the oppression & trauma that held us there? In this panel, we explore how queer worldmaking, magical realism, & environmental writing can excavate stories of place, paying close attention to the construction & suppression of identity in these practices.

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deciduous qween Book Launch Party at Brazos Bookstore
Jun
21
6:00 PM18:00

deciduous qween Book Launch Party at Brazos Bookstore

Come start your Houston Pride festivities with a book launch! Local drag queen CiCi Sashimi will host an evening of tamales, tequila, drag, & poetry in celebration of Matty Layne Glasgow’s Saltman Award-winning collection deciduous qween. Enjoy performances by CiCi Sashimi, Analicia Sotelo, Ayokunle Falomo, & Matty Layne Glasgow. Drinks & tamales will be served at 6p, Festivities begin at 6:30p followed by a signing & cake. 

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Mar
29
5:00 PM17:00

WITS Alliance Reading: AWP Off-Site Event

The WITS Alliance hosts a happy hour and reading at Literary Arts. Readers will include current and former WITS writers: Michelle Ruiz Keil, Brian W. Parker, Alex Behr, Matty Layne Glasgow, Lisa O’Neill, Sierra Nelson, Carla Diaz, Matthew Burgess, Niki Herd, Paige Quiñones, and Monica Prince. Open to the public, and will include informational materials about WITS programs nationwide.

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