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|Saturday, March 7, 2020|
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm
Room 217A, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
S202. Lambda Literary Fellows on Transnational and Intersectional Queer Fiction. (Serkan Gorkemli, Natasha Dennerstein, Javi Fuentes, Melissa Nigro, Ricco Villanueva Siasoco) Recent fiction has increasingly featured diverse local and global representations of queer identities. But the concept of queerness also conveys a nonnormative, nonessentialist, anti-identity stance. Mindful of this inherent tension, this panel of 2018 Lambda Literary fellows engages with the following questions: What forms does, and can, queerness take in fiction? And what roles do nationality and intersectionality play in how queer writers explore questions of identity? Download event outline and supplemental documents.
Serkan Gorkemli’s fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, Foglifter, and Chelsea Station. His book Grassroots Literacies: Lesbian and Gay Activism and the Internet in Turkey won the 2015 CCCC Lavender Rhetorics Award. He is a 2018 Lambda Literary fellow and an associate professor of English at UConn.
Twitter Username: sgeenyc
Javier Fuentes is a Spanish American writer. He holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University where he was a teaching fellow in the undergraduate writing program. A 2018 Lambda Literary Fellow, Javier is working on a novel against the cliches of being queer, undocumented, and marginalized.
Melissa Nigro is a queer writer working on a collection of short stories set in Eden, a dying Californian gold rush town. They are a 2018 Lambda Literary Fellow and their fiction has appeared in The Knicknackery and Emerge: The 2018 Lambda Fellows Anthology.
Twitter Username: melissa_k_nigro
Ricco Villanueva Siasoco is the author of a story collection, The Foley Artist. He has received fellowships from The Center for Fiction, Lambda Literary, and has taught at Columbia University and Boston College. He is a board member of Kundiman.
Twitter Username: rsiasoco