R178. CANCELLED: Queering the Essay/Queer Essayists Consider Genre

Room 006B, Henry B. González Convention Center, River Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


The essay is a queer genre, flexible and strange among its siblings, fiction, poetry, and drama. However, the essay’s roots herald back to (mostly) white, cis-het men. In this panel five queer essayists consider genre, what the essay can really do for us, and if queering the essay has anything to do with the surging popularity of the genre for BIPOC, QT2S, and other marginalized writers. We'll talk personal, flash, and lyric essays, plus hybrids, and ultimately what it says to queer the essay.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Queering_the_Essay.docx



Jenny Ferguson is Métis, an activist, a feminist, an auntie, and an accomplice with a PhD. She believes writing and teaching are political acts. Border Markers is her collection of linked flash fiction narratives. She is a visiting assistant professor at Loyola Marymount University.

Marcos Gonsalez is a queer MexiRican writer. He writes on fat, queer of color erotics and embodiment, the role of literature in society, and the experimental possibilities of the essay genre. He and his agent are currently on submission with his first essay collection/memoir.

Kayla Whaley holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Tampa. Her work has appeared in print and online, and is primarily focused on disability, sexuality, and the body.

Ahmad Danny Ramadan is a Syrian Canadian author, public speaker, storyteller, and an LGBTQ-refugee activist. His English debut novel, The Clothesline Swing, continues to receive raving reviews and win multiple awards. His visit is supported by the creative writing department at UBC.

Tania De Rozario is a writer and visual artist. She is the author of Tender Delirium, And the Walls Come Crumbling Down, and Somewhere Else Another You. She is currently pursuing her MFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center