Queer Identity in Poetry

Rooms 347-348, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, March 9, 2023
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


The letters LGBTQIA+ are a stand-in for the immense diversity in our community. What is poetry if not an expression either of or from our deepest sense of self? What does it mean to identify on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum? What does Queerness bring to and reveal about the journey of poets who so identify? How are we shaped? To what do we respond through the lens of our queerness? Join this panel of BOA Editions poets for a reading from and about their individual queerness.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Queer_Identity_in_Poetry_AWP_Outline.pdf



Subhaga Crystal Bacon’s new book, Transitory, is forthcoming in the fall of 2023 from BOA Editions. She’s the author of two other collections, Blue Hunger (Methow Press, 2020) and Elegy with a Glass of Whiskey (BOA Editions, 2004). A Queer Elder, she lives, writes, and teaches rural north-central Washington.

Nickole Brown’s books include Sister: A Novel-in-Poems, Fanny Says: A Biography-in-Poems, and two chapbooks—To Those Who Were Our First Gods and The Donkey Elegies. Currently, she teaches at the Sewanee School of Letters and is president of The Hellbender Gathering of Poets. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

Dustin Pearson is the author of A Season in Hell with Rimbaud, Millennial Roost, and A Family Is a House. He is an assistant professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Toledo.

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is the author of Children of the Land: A Memoir (Harper Collins), Cenzontle, (BOA editions), and Dulce (Northwestern University Press). He is a founding member of the Undocupoets. He teaches at the St. Mary’s College MFA program Ashland University.


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