F174. Writing Race, Writing Madness: Writing Trans, Writing Genderfuck

Florida Salon 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


This panel focuses on truth-telling, specifically writing about trans and/or genderqueer, lives in relation to race and mental illness. We will share readings that evoke questions about naming the varied realities of our lived experiences in a transphobic heteronormative racist ableist world that denies our realities and glorifies white able-bodied androgyny and thinness. Each author will address different challenges around writing memories of trauma.


Ari Burford teaches creative writing and queer studies in the women's and gender studies program at Northern Arizona University. Their PhD is in literature, and they are finishing a memoir entitled Tell me a Secret: Incest, White Supremacy, Genderfucking Crazy, and other Taboo Subjects.

Mel McCuin received her MFA in creative writing from Northern Arizona University in 2014. She works as a program coordinator for the LGBTQ and Intercultural Resource Center at Rutgers University-Newark. She is currently working on a book of poetry.

Wryly T. McCutchen is a queer poet and memoirist. They're a writing consultant and hold an MFA in both nonfiction and poetry from Antioch University. The poems in Wryly's first collection, My Ugly and Other Love Snarls, meditate on and often confront issues of gender, identity, and embodiment.

Timothy Corvidae is a Narrative facilitator who works with nonprofit and grassroots organizations to explore how issues of justice, identity, and the stories we tell ourselves and each other affect our work, relationships, and well-being. He's a lecturer in social work at Northern Arizona University

Grace Shuyi Liew is the author of the chapbook Prop and Book of Interludes. Her poetry collection is forthcoming from Noemi Press in 2018. She is a contributing editor for Waxwing.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center