F199. Bringing LGBTQ Folk Forms into Our Literature

Room 208AB, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Friday, February 10, 2017
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm


Zines, drag performance, oral history, feminist spoken word, and even 1950s and 1960s men's physique magazines are among the folk forms that infuse LGBTQ writing. How can we reappraise these less celebrated forms and draw on them to energize the words we write today? This panel’s writers—invigorated by engagements around race, immigration, DIY, and queer punk ideologies, gender nonconformity, and other considerations—show how we can re-imagine and recast these vital forms in our own work.



Tom Cho is the author of the fiction collection Look Who’s Morphing. Written for his PhD, the book was published in North America and Australia. He has over seventy stories in journals, most recently Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, and is writing a philosophical novel on the meaning of life.

Derrick Austin is the author of Trouble the Water. He is the 2016–2017 Ron Wallace Poetry Fellow at The Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. A Cave Canem fellow, his work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2015, Image: A Journal of Arts and Religion, and New England Review.

Juliana Delgado Lopera is an award-winning writer/oral-historian. She’s the author of ¡Cuéntamelo!, an illustrated bilingual collection of oral histories by LGBT Latino Immigrants awarded the Regen Ginaa Grant, and the executive director of RADAR Productions.

Michelle Tea is the author of ten books, most recently Black Wave, an apocalyptic memoir-hybrid which muses on addiction, love, and the strange obligations of storytelling. She curates the Amethyst Editions series at Feminist Press, and she is former editor of Sister Spit Books/City Lights.

Sassafras Lowrey is the 2013 winner of the Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Award. Ze is the author of two celebrated novels, Lost Boi and Roving Pack. Lowrey is also editor of the two-time American Library Association–honored Kicked Out anthology of current and former homeless LGBTQ youth.


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