Transgender Nonfiction: Memoir and Essays Beyond the Transition Narrative

Room 2215C, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Saturday, February 10, 2024
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


For decades, the transition memoir was the only readily available transgender nonfiction. The mainstream publishing world has been slow to catch up, but contemporary trans and nonbinary writers are breathing new life into nonfiction. These writers are telling their nuanced true stories beyond a linear transition narrative. This panel will bring together five transgender and nonbinary memoirists and essayists for an engaging discussion about trans stories and the future of trans nonfiction.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Transgender_Nonfiction_Outline.pdf



Mel King is a trans and queer writer. His work has appeared in Catapult, Cortland Review, and North American Review, among others. He received his MFA in fiction from Rutgers-Newark and has been awarded fellowships from the Truman Capote Foundation, Lambda Literary, and the Yiddish Book Center.

T.L. Pavlich is a writer, theatre artist, and storyteller whose writing has appeared in Foglifter Journal, HAD, The Offing, and others. They received the 2018 SMC Lambda Literary Fellowship and a residency at Banff Center of Arts and Creativity. T.L. is currently a features editor at The Rumpus.

Meredith Talusan (she/they) received a Creative Capital Award and MacDowell fellowship for fiction in 2023; her stories and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, New York Times, Guernica, Kenyon Review, and many other outlets. Her debut memoir, Fairest, was a 2020 Lambda Literary Award finalist.

M. K. Thekkumkattil


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center