S215. Queer Double Agents: Writing & Publishing Between Communities

Room 613/614, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Saturday, March 1, 2014
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Do you struggle to reconcile the often conflicting allegiances between your queer literary vocation and the summons of another identity, community, or commitment? In a publishing world that pigeonholes us as homonormative and is confused by the multiple realities of LGBTQ people around race, religion, and ethnic and gender identity, how can we communicate our complexities? This panel explores the creative and practical challenges—to paraphrase Whitman—of being vast and containing multitudes.



Ellery Washington is an associate professor of creative writing at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Ploughshares, Out Magazine, and numerous literary anthologies, including the National Bestseller State by State—A Panoramic Portrait of America.

David Groff’s book Clay was chosen by Michael Waters for the Louise Bogan Award. He coedited the anthologies Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS and Who’s Yer Daddy? Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and Forerunners. He teaches in the MFA program of the City College of New York.

Carla Trujillo’s novel, What Night Brings received the Miguel Mármol Prize for best first work of fiction by a Latino/a writer, the Latino Book Award for fiction, and the Paterson Fiction Prize. She is the editor of Living Chicana Theory, and Chicana Lesbians: The Girls Our Mothers Warned Us About.

Jacob Anderson-Minshall is a disabled, transgender journalist. He penned a nationally syndicated column, and he has written for numerous publications and anthologies including Men Speak Out: Views on Gender Race & Power. He also co-authored the Blind Eye mystery series and the memoir Queerly Beloved.

Michelle Tea is the author of four memoirs, including the award-winning Valencia, recently made into a feature film by twenty different directors; a collection of poetry; and two novels, most recently Mermaid in Chelsea Creek.


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