S157. Writing the Invisible: Genderqueer Writers on Writing and Representing Outside the Gender Binary

Room 13, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am


How do non-cis writers navigate a writing and publishing world rife with misgendering and identity erasure? How can one bring alive to the page a demographic that often goes unseen outside the realms of literature? This panel brings together transgender and gender nonconforming poets, playwrights, fiction, and comic writers as they discuss the challenges of writing outside the gender binary, and how one can make one’s characters, narrative, and personal identity visible both on and off the page.


Tiff Ferentini is the current marketing manager for Monkey Business International and the President of AWP's LGBTQ Writers Caucus. Their work has appeared in The Gambler; Off the Rocks, the LGBTQ Anthology of Newtown Writers Press; and Songs of My Selfie: An Anthology of Millennial Writing.

Julia Leslie Guarch's poems appear in The Marquis, Rain Party & Disaster Society, The Vending Machine, Sunset Liminal, Pulse/Pulso Anthology, Impossible Archetype, and Triadæ magazine. She was a finalist for the Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award and cowinner of the MacKnight Black Poetry Award.

Jess Silfa is an MFA candidate and Truman Capote Fellow at Brooklyn College in New York. They are an Afro-Latinx disability and LGBTQ rights advocate. They are working on their first novel.

s.a.b.u. is a genderqueer, mixed race, first generation American playwright, poet, actor, and performance artist. Themes explored have included sex, addiction, race, gender issues, sexual identity, feminism, reproductive rights, ageism, classism, and abuse. (@igetintothings)

Elliott Junkyard is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He writes queer books about queer people falling in love and sometimes those people are also pirates. He also writes, illustrates, and publishes a selection of educational zines on topics such as medicinal herbs and cooking.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center