Queer Stories: Writing Our Way into Belonging

Room 2103C, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Saturday, February 10, 2024
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


The queer community has gained a measure of acceptance over time and also been dealt crushing blows in today’s sharply divided world. Queer literature allows us to tell our truths, our stories that show who we were, are, and hope to become. Four authentic and uneasily honest queer voices show our power is more in how we receive ourselves than in how the world receives us. Join us to explore stories of lives lived as our authentic selves in a world that does not fully embrace or understand us.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Writing_Ourselves_Into_Belonging_OUTLINE_vfinal.pdf



Jeffrey Dale Lofton is the author of Red Clay Suzie, awarded the Seven Hills Literary Prize for Fiction and longlisted for the Center for Fiction 2023 First Novel Prize. He is a senior advisor at the Library of Congress and cohosts a podcast, Inside Voices, that showcases all things literary.

Rehman’s dark comedy, Corona, is one of the New York Public Library’s favorite books about NYC. She’s coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism and author of Marianna’s Beauty Salon and Roses, in the Mouth of a Lion, a modern classic about what it means to be Muslim and queer.

Rasheed Newson is an author, a television drama writer, an executive producer, and a showrunner. My Government Means to Kill Me is his debut novel. The novel was a 2023 Lambda Literary finalist for Gay Fiction and was named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2022 by the New York Times.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center