R251. Ensuring/Enduring Presence: Transgender People of Color—Artists, Editors, and Publishers

Room 102A, Washington Convention Center, Level One
Thursday, February 9, 2017
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Trans artists/editors/publishers of color shepherd daily into the world innovative work that is highly crafted. Immersed in our present material conditions, decolonially reimagining our pasts and futures, temporally/geographically refiguring the wheres and whens of our storied bodies, responding to calls issued by our communities as we issue our own, this panel posits the possibilities of our presence, our generative genealogies, and the care with which we consider our compositional/communal praxis.



Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán, winner of AWP's WC&C Scholarship, is a visual artist. He is author of two poetry collections, Antes y después del Bronx: Lenapehoking and South Bronx Breathing Lessons. He is a widely published nonfiction writer and editor of Yellow Medicine Review's international queer Indigenous issue.

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.

Nick Hadikwa Mwaluko is author of the published trilogy, Waafrika 123 and two dozen other plays, including S/He, Homeless in the AfterLife, and Sheroe. A Djerassi Resident, Point Scholar, and Yellow Medicine Review contributor, he is winner of A&U's Christopher Hewitt Award for Creative Nonfiction.

A.J. Alana Ka'imi Bryce is a musician and multimedia artist. As creative director of Trans-Genre, a transgender artists showcase, and publisher of Trans-Genre Press, he has produced CDs, and published queer/trans people of color–centered books by Ryka Aoki, Kit Yan, Helen Klonaris, and Amir Rabiyah.

Max Wolf Valerio is author of the Lambda-finalist The Testosterone Files; the performance, Exile: Vision Quest at the Edge of Identity; the poetry book, The Criminal: The Invisibility of Parallel Forces; and work in Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics.


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