Queer Latinx Men and Vulnerability

Room 2209, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Thursday, February 8, 2024
10:35 am to 11:50 am


Latinx men who write on identity, culture, or those who grew up with limitations as to how they could express themselves, know how ones own culture plays a huge part in showing vulnerability, thus, creating perpetual feelings of shame affecting identity. As queer Latinx, we write because vulnerability is often seen as weakness; however, it’s necessary to address how it affects writing both from the writer’s and reader’s perspective.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: 2024AWPOutline_.pdf



Saúl Hernández is a queer writer from San Antonio, Texas who was raised by undocumented parents. He's the winner of the Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize 2021 chosen by Victoria Chang. His poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of The Net.

Aldo Amparán is the author of Brother Sleep (Alice James Books, 2022), winner of the 2020 Alice James Award and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Gay Poetry. A 2021 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, their work appears in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, Ploughshares, and POETRY.

jj peña (pronouns he/they) is a queer, burrito-blooded writer. jj's a 2023 92Y Discovery Poetry Prize winner, a 2022 Woody & Gayle Hunt Fellow, & a 2021 Periplus fellow. jj's won serval flash contests and has been anthologized in Best Microfictions (2020) & Best Small Fictions (2023).

Gustavo Hernandez is a Queer Mexican immigrant poet. His poems have been published in several literary journals in the United States and abroad. His first full-length poetry collection Flower Grand First is forthcoming.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center