S174. In Whose Image: Trans and Genderqueer Writers on Magic, Spirituality, and (the Bodies of) G-d

Room 402 AB, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, April 2, 2016
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Spirituality, like writing, hinges on transformation. Similarly, trans and genderqueer writers have unique experiences with transformation on and off the page. This dynamic panel explored the intersections between ritual, myth, magic, magical realism, and even end-rhyme as they shape our various embodiments and faiths. We don’t want to save you, but we hope you are ready to be changed.



TC Tolbert’s works of poetry include Gephyromania, I: Not He: Not I, and territories of folding. S/he is coeditor of Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. Faculty at Oregon State University-Cascades, s/he has been a member of Movement Salon, a compositional improvisation ensemble, since 2007.

CA Conrad is the author of seven books, including ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness. He is a 2015 Headlands Art Fellow, and has also received fellowships from Lannan Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Banff, Ucross, RADAR, and the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Joy Ladin, Gottesman Professor of English at Yeshiva University, has published seven books of poetry, including newly-published Impersonation, and Lambda Literary Award finalist Transmigration. Her memoir, Through the Door of Life, was a finalist for a National Jewish Book Award.

Ryka Aoki is the author of the performance, prose, and poetry collection, Seasonal Velocities, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist; the novel, He Mele a Hilo: A Hilo Song; and the poetry book, Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul. She is a professor at Santa Monica College and Antioch University.

Ian Ellasante is a poet and artist who currently lives in Tucson. He has published poems in various journals and recently shared his poems at the 2015 Black Life Matters Conference, the Trans and Genderqueer Poetry Symposium, and Edge 64: a Reading Series of Emerging and Younger Writers.


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