S266. Queering History: Whose Story Is It, Anyway?

Room 518, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, April 2, 2016
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Queer histories are often erased or altered by dominant narratives. How do we claim, document, and imagine the stories of LGBTQ history in our art? Established and emerging panelists working in multiple genres discuss their projects, and the challenges and rewards of researching and writing queer histories of distant and recent pasts. We explore the tensions between social/political responsibility and storytelling, and discuss the concerns of representing past marginalized voices.



Carter Sickels is the author of the novel The Evening Hour, and the editor of Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationships & Identity. Carter is visiting assistant professor of English at Eastern Kentucky University.

Brandy T. Wilson, PhD, is the author of The Palace Blues, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist. Her work has appeared in Ninth Letter, G.R.I.T.S., and PANK magazine. She was a Lambda Literary Retreat Fellow in fiction and was awarded three Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference scholarships.

Ellery Washington is the author of Buffalo, a forthcoming novel. His short stories, essays, and book reviews have appeared in the New York Times, The International Review, and numerous literary anthologies. He is an associate professor of creative writing at the Pratt Institute.

Ellis Avery is the author of two historical novels, The Last Nude and The Teahouse Fire; two memoirs, The Smoke Week and The Family Tooth; and a book of poetry. The only writer ever to have won the ALA Stonewall Award twice, Avery teaches undergraduate fiction writing at Columbia University.

Ames Hawkins is an associate professor in the Department of English at Columbia College Chicago. Her work appears in Enculturation, Slag Glass City, The Feminist Wire, and Water~Stone Review. She's currently at work on a transgenre piece called These Are Love Letters: e, l, o, s, t, r, v.


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