S162. VIDA Voices & Views Transgender, Non-Binary, & Gender-Nonconforming Interview

E141-142, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
10:30 am to 11:45 am


The most recent VIDA Count pointed to an underrepresentation of transgender, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming voices in literature. Seeking to better understand the causes, nature, and ramifications of exclusion, as well as possible solutions, this panel invites interviewees to share works, insights, and concerns relating to representation, identity, bias, publishing barriers, and other issues they have observed and encountered within the literary landscape and society at large.



Melissa Studdard is the author of the poetry collection I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast and the middle-grade novel Six Weeks to Yehidah. She is the executive producer and host of VIDA Voices & Views, an editor for American Microreviews and Interviews, and president of the Women's Caucus.

Ching-In Chen is author of The Heart's Traffic and recombinant, and coeditor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence within Activist Communities. They are part of Kundiman, Lambda, Watering Hole, Callaloo, Macondo and VONA communities and poetry editor of The Texas Review.

Paige Lewis is the author of Space Struck. Their poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, The Georgia Review, Best New Poets, and elsewhere.

Cameron Awkward-Rich is the author of Sympathetic Little Monster and the chapbook Transit. A Cave Canem fellow and poetry editor for Muzzle Magazine, he teaches in Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst.


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