Chosen Families: A Reading & Conversation Presented by Red Hen Press

Michael A. Nutter Theater, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level
Saturday, March 26, 2022
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


The concept of chosen families is important in queer communities. A chosen family is a group of people who deliberately choose to be in each other's lives—people you aren't related to, but your lives are intertwined. This conversation explores the way Americans are moving toward chosen families rather than blood families. Sometimes we are unlucky in our birth families, but that shouldn't stop us from finding big love, a home, a joyous group around us who becomes our family. This event will be prerecorded and available on the virtual conference platform, in addition to being screened onsite. ASL interpretation and live captioning will be provided.


Yuvi Zalkow's debut novel was published in 2012. His stories have been published in Glimmer Train, Narrative Magazine, Carve Magazine, and others. His forthcoming novel (I Only Cry with Emoticons) will be published in June of 2022 with Red Hen Press. Yuvi also makes neurotic YouTube videos. yuvizalkow.com

Paul Lisicky is the author of six books, including Later, The Narrow Door, and Unbuilt Projects. A Guggenheim Fellow, he is an associate professor in the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden and serves on the writing committee of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

Carlos Allende has a PhD in media psychology, researches narrative engagement, and teaches a psychology class for writers at UCLA Extension. He writes social satire.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center