Queer Writing between Certain Death and a Possible Future

Rooms 435-436, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4
Friday, March 10, 2023
10:35 am to 11:50 am


Readings and conversation based on the acclaimed anthology Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing Up with the AIDS Crisis, edited by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, which was named one of the best queer books of all time by Book Riot. The book centers the experience of queer writers who came of age in the midst of the AIDS epidemic with the belief that desire intrinsically led to death, and who internalized this trauma as part of becoming queer. Presenters on this event prefer all attendees wear a mask while in attendance at the event.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_event_outline_details-Between_Certain_Death.pdf



Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is the author of The Freezer Door, a New York Times Editors' Choice and finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, and the editor of Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing Up with the AIDS Crisis, Finalist for a Lambda Literary Award.

Elizabeth J. Colen is the author of poetry collections Money for Sunsets (finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in 2011) and Waiting Up for the End of the World: Conspiracies, as well as flash fiction collection Dear Mother Monster, Dear Daughter Mistake and lyric essay hybrid The Green Condition.

Sassafras Lowrey's books have been honored by organizations ranging from the American Library Association and the Dog Writers Association of America to the Cat Writers Association. Sassafras is the 2013 winner of the Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award. Ze is a full-time freelance writer

Patrick Milian is a tenured instructor at Green River College where he helps run the Collegiate Recovery Program. He is the author of The Unquiet County (Entre Ríos Books) and the chapbook Pornographies (Greying Ghost). He holds an MFA and PhD from the University of Washington.

Eddie Walker is a writer in Seattle, who’s presently working on his memoir. His most recent work is an essay published in the anthology, Between Certain Death and a Possible Future—Queer Writing On Growing Up with the AIDS Crisis; the anthology was nominated for a 2022 Lambda Literary award.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Seattle Convention Center