R141. Writing Resistance: LGBTQ Writing as a Platform for Change

Grand Salon D, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am


With the safety and lives of LGBTQ individuals at stake now more than ever, the call for politically driven writing is even more urgent. This panel features LGBTQ writers known for their politically driven content, who use their writing as a platform for activism and change. Panelists will demonstrate how politically fueled writing can contribute to the change and support that the LGBTQ community needs, and how one’s pen can be the most powerful tool for those who wish to create change.


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.

Seth Fischer's work has appeared in Guernica, Joyland, Best Sex Writing, and elsewhere and was notable in The Best American Essays. A developmental editor for small presses, he was Sunday editor at The Rumpus. He also teaches at Antioch University, Writing Workshops LA, and UCLA Extension.

Everett Maroon is a memoirist, humorist, and fiction writer. He is a member of the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association and was a finalist in their 2010 literary contest for memoir. Everett is the author of a memoir, Bumbling into Body Hair, and a YA novel, The Unintentional Time Traveler.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center