S246. Sex at the Intersections: The Erotics of Queer and Of-Color Poetry

A106, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Is there a difference between the "dirty" and the "erotic”? Is the poetry of sex inherently progressive, not only politically, but aesthetically, because the way it treats its subject matter is transgressive? What challenges face queer writers of color who write, often graphically, about the libido and its relation to the body? This panel links intersectional activism with poetic form to deliver both food for thought and practical writing wisdom.



Kate Osana Simonian is an Australian writer of Middle-Eastern descent. She has won the Nelson Algren Prize and her work has been published by the Michigan Quarterly Review, Chicago Tribune, and Best Australian Stories. She is completing her PhD at Texas Tech on a Presidential Fellowship.

Lannan Fellow & Whiting Award winner, Rickey Laurentiis is the author of Boy with Thorn, winner of the Cave Canem Prize and the Levis Reading Prize, among other honors. Laurentiis is currently the inaugural Fellow in Creative Writing at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics in Pittsburgh.

Timothy Liu is the author of ten books of poems, including Don't Go Back To Sleep and Kingdom Come: A Fantasia. He is Professor of English at William Paterson University.

francine j. harris is the author of play dead, winner of 2017 Lambda Literary and Audre Lorde Awards. She has received fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, is a Cave Canem poet, and is the 2018/2019 Rona Jaffe Fellow at the Cullman Center at New York Public Library.

Randall Mann is the author of four collections of poetry, including Straight Razor and Proprietary; and a book of criticism, The Illusion of Intimacy: On Poetry. He lives in San Francisco.


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