R175. Assimilate This!: Queer Literary Community as Sites of Mobilizing & Resistance

Portland Ballroom 251, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Thursday, March 28, 2019
10:30 am to 11:45 am


From queer bookstores, to poetry readings in bars, underground zine readings and drag queens reading picture books to toddlers in public libraries—books and literature are a site of mobilization and belonging for LGBTQ communities in the US and Singapore. Authors, writers, and literary event organizers will discuss strategies to organizing successful events with focus on inclusion and diversity of queer voices across age/race/gender/sexuality/class/ability.



Sassafras Lowrey is the 2013 winner of the Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award. Ze is the author of two celebrated novels: Lost Boi and Roving Pack. Lowrey is also editor of the two-time American Library Association honored Kicked Out anthology of current and former homeless LGBTQ youth.

Michelle Tea is the author of ten books, most recently Black Wave. Her collected journalism and essays is titled Against Memoir. She curates the Amethyst Editions series at Feminist Press, and is the founder of Drag Queen Story Hour.

Tania De Rozario is a visual artist and writer. She is the author of Tender Delirium and And The Walls Come Crumbling Down, both published by Math Paper Press. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.

Lori Horvitz’s recent work has appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies including Epiphany, Southeast Review, and Chattahoochee Review. Author of a collection of memoir-essays, The Girls of Usually, Horvitz is Professor of English at UNC Asheville.

Mike McClelland's first book, Gay Zoo Day, was released by Beautiful Dreamer Press in 2017. He is a graduate of Allegheny College, the London School of Economics, and Georgia College, and is currently pursuing his doctorate at the University of Georgia.


March 4–7, 2020
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Henry B. González Convention Center