Before, After, and Beyond the Garden: Queer/Transgender Eco-Literatures of Color
Thursday, March 9, 2023
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm
Plural like our ancestries, genders, amd desires are our remappings of the re-territorialized borders between our lands, bodies, and waters. Resisting Euroheteropatriarchal constructions of the cosmos that perversely pastorally prefigure white / straight / cis-male-ness as exclusively normative in nature, womanist / LGBTQ writers, performers, and editors of color share geohistorical perspectives on where and when we re-enter, subverting dialogues around ecology, and decolonizing environmental literatures.
Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán is author of Archipiélagos; Antes y después del Bronx: Lenapehoking; and South Bronx Breathing Lessons. A CantoMundo, Macondo, RAWI, and Lambda Fellow, he is editor of Yellow Medicine Review's global queer Indigenous and Movement Research Performance Journal's Native issues.
K. Ka'imilani Leota Sellers received her MFA from Eastern Kentucky University. A queer Samoan multigenre writer, her writing appears in Yellow Medicine Review and Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color. She teaches in Hawai'i and serves on the LGBTQ Writers Caucus leadership team.
Amy M. Alvarez is a Puerto Rican / Jamaican Affrilachian poet published in Ploughshares, PRISM International, The Acentos Review, and Obsidian. She is coeditor of Essential Voices: A COVID-19 Anthology. A CantoMundo, Macondo, VCCA, and VONA fellow, she teaches at West Virginia University.
D. Keali'i MacKenzie is a queer Kanaka Maoli writer and Pacific Tongues Poet-Facilitator. He is the author of From Hunger to Prayer and coeditor of Bamboo Ridge's speculative issue. His work is in 'Ōiwi: A Native Hawaiian Journal; Foglifter; and Mauri Ola: Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English.
MK Chavez is an Afro-Latinx writer and educator. She is the author of Mothermorphosis and Dear Animal. A Hedgebrook, VONA, and CantoMundo fellow, she received an Alameda County Arts Leadership Award, the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award, and San Francisco Foundation / Nomadic Press literary award.