Essential Queer Voices of U.S. Poetry

Room 2503AB, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 2
Friday, February 9, 2024
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


This reading features four poets from Essential Queer Voices of U.S. Poetry (Green Linden Press, February 2024), which includes one hundred poets who illustrate the brilliant range of poetry being written today: Frank Bidart, Jericho Brown, Franny Choi, CAConrad, Natalie Diaz, Mark Doty, Nikki Giovanni, Ocean Vuong, and many others. The Essential Voices series aims to make less insular the various poetries of the world and to correct mis- or underrepresentation in the broader culture.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Event_Outline_(1-8-24).pdf



Christopher Nelson is the founder and editor of Green Linden Press. His most recent book is Blood Aria.

Lisa Dordal teaches at Vanderbilt University and is the author of Mosaic of the Dark, which was a finalist for the 2019 Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry; Water Lessons, which was listed by Lambda Literary as one of their most anticipated books for 2022; and Next Time You Come Home (2023).

Donika Kelly is the author of the full-length collections The Renunciations and Bestiary. She is an assistant professor at the University of Iowa.

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.

Paul Tran is the author of the debut poetry collection, All the Flowers Kneeling, from Penguin in the US and the UK. They are an assistant professor of English and Asian American studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center