VIRTUAL: Queer & Trans Asians Writing as Rebellion by Asian American Writers' Workshop

Wednesday, February 7, 2024
9:00 am to 10:00 am


The Asian and Arab community has been fraught with public and political violence directly enacted by colonization, displacement, and policing. What does it mean to uplift Queer Asian writers in a time of upheaval and resistance? What does it mean to rejoice queerness in the cusp of difficulties? How do we reframe narratives to compose transformation for our communities? Writers will share nuanced approaches to writing as they present complex, multiability, queer, and anticolonial writing.

This virtual event was prerecorded. It will be available to watch on-demand online starting on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 through Thursday, March 7, 2024.



Kay Ulanday Barrett is a poet, writer, and A+ napper. K. has featured in the New York Times, PBS News Hour, The Rumpus, VIDA Review, and RaceForward. They are a MacDowell and Lambda Literary Fellow. Their book More Than Organs received a 2021 Stonewall Honor Award and is a 2021 Lambda Literary Award Finalist.

Kirin is a writer from Albuquerque, New Mexico living in Amsterdam. She was a PEN Emerging Voices Fellow, San Francisco Writers Grotto Fellow, AWP Writer to Writer mentee, and a Steinbeck Fellow. She received residencies from the Vermont Studio Center and Tin House. Find her work at kirinkhan.com

Zeyn Joukhadar is the author of The Map of Salt and Stars and Stonewall and Lambda Literary award-winning The Thirty Names of Night. His work appears in Salon, the Paris Review, Kink, This Arab Is Queer, and elsewhere. He is a Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI) board member and Periplus mentor.

River 瑩瑩 Dandelion is an award-winning poet, transformative educator, and liberatory healing practitioner. A Tin House resident, Lambda Literary fellow, and Kundiman fellow, River is the author of remembering (y)our light. www.riverdandelion.com, IG: @rememberingourlight, & Twitter @rivertransforms.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center