S132. Inclusive Who?: Running a Reading Series That Supports Marginalized Writers

Room 214A, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, March 7, 2020
9:00 am to 10:15 am


From sightings in bookstores and galleries to bars and boxing rings, reading series’ are a vital part of all literary communities. A reading series with special focus on POC, queer, disabled, and otherwise marginalized communities, though, creates spaces of resistance and camaraderie that otherwise wouldn’t exist within the mainstream literary canon. On this panel, curators will share how their reading series started and how they decenter traditional methods of running a reading series.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_ReadingSeriesEvent.docx



Schandra Madha is one half of a double scoop cohost sundae for the monthly I Scream Social feminist reading series and a coeditor of the print anthology of the same name. The series takes place at Malvern Books in Austin, Texas, where Schandra has been a bookseller since opening day.

Annar Veröld is a Honduran-American poet, screenwriter-director, and the managing editor at Host Publications. She proudly hosts the reading series I Scream Social.

Cori Bratby-Rudd is a queer LA-based writer and cofounder of Influx Collectiv(e)’s Queer Poetry Reading Series. She graduated cum laude from UCLA’s Gender Studies department, and received her MFA in creative writing from California Institute of the Arts. In 2018, she was a Lambda Literary fellow.

Julia Lattimer is the poetry editor for Breakwater Review. They were named Editor's Choice for the 2019 Sandy Crimmons National Prize for Poetry and run a monthly queer poetry reading series in Boston.

Nia KB is a Black queer nonbinary poet, editor, and teaching artist. They’ve received a number fellowships, most notably from Lambda Literary, Winter Tangerine, and UTSA’s African American Literatures and Cultures Institute. They host and curate the reading series/open mic ATX Interfaces.


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