F223. Taking up the Quill: Queer Representation Through Writing, Awards, and Publication

Room 12, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Though labels of identity can be alienating, they can also be empowering and community building. We discover identities within ourselves through the recognition of communities in visual and print media. This was the inspiration to launch Quill, a new queer imprint of Red Hen Press, which publishes queer literary prose through award submissions. Hear Quill’s editor, judges, and award winners read their powerful works and discuss the need for representation through publication.


Tobi Harper is the founder and editor of the queer publishing series, Quill, and serves as director of operations at Red Hen Press. Tobi has completed a BA in English with a minor in LGBTQ studies at UC Santa Barbara, and a MA in English literature at San Francisco State University.

Celeste Gainey is the author of the poetry collection, The GAFFER, and the chapbook, In the Land of Speculation & Seismography. The first woman admitted to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees as a gaffer, she has spent many years working with light in film and architecture.

Ryka Aoki is the author of the performance, prose, and poetry collection, Seasonal Velocities, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist; the novel, He Mele a Hilo: A Hilo Song; and the poetry book, Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul. She is a professor at Santa Monica College and Antioch University.

Martha K. Davis is the 2016 winner of the Quill Queer Prose Award for her novel, Scissors, Paper, Stone. The recipient of an MFA from Columbia University, she has published short fiction and essays in River Styx, StoryQuarterly, The Gay & Lesbian Review, CALYX, and elsewhere.

David Brendan Hopes


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside