S118. Beyond the Closet: New Queer Narratives

B114, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Coming Out stories have informed LGBTQ fiction for decades. But as the landscape for LGBTQ rights has expanded, so have the boundaries of LGBTQ fiction. What new narrative possibilities are emerging? How do authors deal with issues of identifying in their fiction without allowing it to consume the work? Are the expectations for LGBTQ fiction shifting as the culture at large shifts? Five authors will discuss how they're navigating the new landscape while remaining true to issues of queer identity.


Eric Sasson is the author of the story collection Margins of Tolerance and the novel Admissions. For three years, he wrote CTRL-ALT, a column on LGBT culture for the Wall Street Journal. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the New Republic, VICE, them., and GOOD magazine.

Carter Sickels is the author of the novel The Evening Hour, and the editor of Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationships & Identity. He is Assistant Professor of Creating Writing at Eastern Kentucky University.

Viet Dinh teaches at the University of Delaware. He has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as two O. Henry Prizes and the Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction. His debut novel, After Disasters, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Prize, was released in 2016.

Dennis Norris II is a 2017 MacDowell Colony Fellow, a 2016 Tin House Scholar, and a 2015 Kimbilio Fiction Fellow. His writing appears in SmokeLong Quarterly and Apogee Journal, where he currently serves as Fiction Editor. He holds degrees from Haverford College and Sarah Lawrence College.

Patricia Smith is the author of the novel The Year of Needy Girls, a Lambda Literary award finalist. Her nonfiction has appeared in Salon, Broad Street, Prime Number, and various anthologies including Older Queer Voices. She teaches at the Appomattox Regional Governor's School in Petersburg, Virginia.


March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

Oregon Convention Center