Nonbinary and Genderqueer Writers Discuss Working in a Time of Transphobic Crisis

Room 2215A, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Saturday, February 10, 2024
3:20 pm to 4:35 pm


Trans writers, editors, and performers have always had to navigate risk in this country, but the last few years have felt particularly perilous, both in the United States and globally. These nonbinary and genderqueer writers will discuss what it means to for us to exist as members of a literary community in the 2020s and what the transphobic policies being enacted (and the cultures in which they are being produced) mean to our pedagogies, our careers, and our lives.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_OUTLINE_2024.pdf
Supplemental Document 1: EH_Supplemental_Materials.pdf



Tonee Moll is the author of Out of Step: A Memoir, (winner of a Lambda Literary Award and the Non/Fiction Collection Prize) and You Cannot Save Here (Winner of the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize). They hold an MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts and a PhD in English (with an emphasis on poetry).

A.E. Osworth is a transgender novelist. Their first book, We Are Watching Eliza Bright was published by Grand Central Publishing in 2021 and their second, Awakened, is forthcoming from Grand Central in March 2025. They’re a lecturer in creative writing at the University of British Columbia.

Emily Holland (they/she) is a genderqueer lesbian writer. Their poems appear or are forthcoming in publications including HAD, Shenandoah, and Black Warrior Review. They are the recipient of multiple fellowships from DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. She is the editor of Poet Lore and was the 2023 OutWrite chair.

jason b. crawford (They/Them) was born in Washington DC and raised in Lansing, Michigan. Their full-length debut Year of the Unicorn Kidz is out from Sundress Publications. They are currently an MFA Candidate at New School in Poetry.

Nina Budabin McQuown is a poet, essayist, and puppeteer. They live in Washington, DC, where they make puppet shows with Wit’s End Puppets and edit for The Word Works poetry press. You can find their poems and reviews in journals like Hotel Amerika and KR Online, and all the rest at yeswehaveno.com.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center