Queer Parenthood and Family-Making: A Reading

Room 3501 EF, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 3
Saturday, February 10, 2024
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


What forms do poets summon to wrestle with and queer kinship? In this reading, five queer poets of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and poetics will share recent work on their experiences of parenthood and family-making: reckoning with questions of adoption, genetics, belonging, community, and fertility technologies. World-building beyond discrimination and across differences of class, race, and orientation, these poems offer alternate dreams of futurity.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Outline_Queer_Parenthood_and_Family-Making.pdf



Nomi Stone is a poet and anthropologist, and author of Kill Class (Tupelo, 2019) and Pinelandia (UC Press 2022). Winner of a Pushcart Prize, poems appear in POETRY, American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, The Atlantic, and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor in poetry at UT Dallas.

JP Howard's debut collection Say/Mirror was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. JP’s poetry is widely anthologized. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Lambda Literary, and VONA/Voices. JP curates Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon.

Sunu P. Chandy is a poet and civil rights attorney. Her work can be found in her award-winning book of poems My Dear Comrades, and in anthologies such as The Penguin Book of Indian Poets, The Long Devotion: Poets Writing Motherhood, and This Bridge We Call Home: Radical Visions for Transformation.

Keetje Kuipers’s third collection of poems, All Its Charms, includes work honored by publication in both the Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry. A judge of the 2022 National Book Award in poetry, she is currently editor of Poetry Northwest and a board member at the National Book Critics Circle.

Blas Falconer is the author of four poetry collections, including Forgive the Body This Failure (Four Way Books 2018) and Rara Avis (forthcoming Four Way Books 2024). Winner of an NEA fellowship and the Maureen Eden Writers Exchange, he teaches in the MFA program at San Diego State University.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center