R180. Queertopia or Bust: Thoughts on Intersectional Queer Poetics

Room 407, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 31, 2016
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


“Queer” emerged in the 1990s as an activist formation that challenged liberal politics and became the preferred term in academia for everyone who was not straight or normatively gendered. The inclusivity of “queer” has been contested by those who felt instrumentalized or excluded by the term. Though it continues to be useful as a rubric (and easier to say than “LGBTQIA”), is queer really working, and for whom? Four poet-editors discuss their experience at the intersections of queer identity.



Jason Schneiderman is the author of Sublimation Point, Striking Surface, and Primary Source. He is an assistant professor at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY. He is poetry editor of the Bellevue Literary Review and associate editor of Painted Bride Quarterly.

Rickey Laurentiis is the author of Boy with Thorn, selected by Terrance Hayes for the 2014 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. His honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy, and a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.

Julie R. Enszer, PhD, is the author of Lilith's Demons, Sisterhood, and Handmade Love, and editor of Milk & Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry. Milk & Honey was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Lesbian Poetry. Enszer is the editor and publisher of Sinister Wisdom.

Việt Lê is an artist, writer, and curator. Lê is an assistant professor at California College of the Arts. He's been published in positions; Crab Orchard Review, and Writing from the Perfume River; among others. Lê received fellowships from Fulbright-Hays, PEN Center USA, and Civitella Ranieri. vietle.net

Trace Peterson is a trans woman poet critic. Author of the poetry collection Since I Moved In, she is also editor/publisher of EOAGH and coeditor of the anthology Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, which was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in 2014.


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