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Queer Voices: An LGBTQIA+ Reading Series | PRIDE Reading!
June 27, 2017 | Tuesday
Book Fair at 5:30PM | Reading at 6:30PM

AT THE MINNEAPOLIS CENTRAL LIBRARY, 300 NICOLLET MALL
This event will include ASL Interpretation by 
Stephen Medlicott and Anni Dhir.

June's Queer Voices reading features a stellar lineup of literary artists from the 2016-2017 Queer Voices season reading at the downtown Minneapolis Central Library for a special PRIDE reading. Join us!

 

FEATURED READERS

 
Lisa Marie Brimmer is a Queer, Black, Transracial Adoptee poet and arts based community organizer. She is a two-time Givens Foundation for African American Literature fellow, has received a Playwrights’ Center Many Voices Fellowship and is a current graduate fellow at the University of St. Thomas in English Literature. Her work has been published in Ishmael Reed’s Konch Magazine, Gazillion Voices Magazine, On the Commons Magazine and inBurn Something zine and Ellen Hinchcliffe's recent collection Walk Towards It. Her improvisational music collective, High Society, has been featured on Minnesota Public Radio, KFAI and many stages throughout the Twin Cities and Wisconsin.

Eyenga Bokamba is a painter who writes and a writer who paints. She has been on the performance scene since 1996, working with Patrick's Cabaret, the Walker Art Center, and Intermedia Arts as a regular at Dyke Night and Vulva Riot. She was the founder of UQAC - United Queer Artists of color - a theater company that performed from 1996-97. Eyenga is an artist who is most drawn to abstraction as a means of expressing her perceptions of complex realities. Her work has been widely collected by public libraries, universities, and private collectors who value the spacious expansiveness and luminosity of her paintings. Eyenga produces large-scale paintings using acrylic paint and calligraphers' ink to create layers of translucence, sometimes including text that may or may not figure into the final visible configuration on the canvas. In her latest body of work, the abstracted figure emerges, giving rise to a new visual language of gesture and movement. Eyenga holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota and a graduate degree from Harvard University. In recognition of the high caliber of her work, she has been inducted into the National Association of Women Artists.
 


Anthony Ceballos received his BFA from the Creative Writing program at Hamline University in 2015. He has been a guest on KFAI’s Write on Radio and Fresh Fruit radio programs and has read for the Intermedia Arts Queer Voices Reading Series, Minneapolis Community and Technical College's Night of Native American Music and Poetry and The Many Faces of Two-Spirit People gallery show at Two Rivers Art Gallery in Minneapolis. In 2014 he won the George Henry Bridgeman Poetry Award from Hamline University for his poem “Walking Across Soil.” His work has been featured in The Fulcrum and Yellow Medicine Review. He was selected to be a participant in the 2016-2017 Loft Mentor Series. He can be found in various coffee shops and music stores around South Minneapolis when he’s not waiting for a bus.


Anya Johanna DeNiro writes short stories, novels, poems, essays, and games. Her short fiction has appeared in many places, including One Story and Minnesota Monthly, and has been shortlisted for the O. Henry Award. She's the author of a young adult fantasy novel called Glitchblood, about a young trans woman who trains dragons for a popular fantasy television show, which is currently seeking publication. She's also writing a series of linked short stories of magic realism from a transgender perspective, tentatively called OKPsyche. She lives outside St. Paul, Minnesota. 


Greg Hewett is the author of darkacre (Coffee House Press, 2010), The Eros Conspiracy (2006), Red Suburb (2002), and To Collect the Flesh (New Rivers Press, 1996)—poetry collections that have received a Publishing Triangle Award, two Minnesota Book Award Nominations, a Lambda Book Award Nomination, and an Indie Bound Poetry Top Ten recommendation. The recipient of Fulbright fellowships to Denmark and Norway, Hewett has also been a fellow at the Camargo Foundation in France, and is a professor of English at Carleton College. He is currently finishing a biography of the film noir actor Thomas Gomez.

 


Catherine Lundoff is an award-winning bisexual author, editor  and publisher from Minneapolis, where she lives with her fabulous wife and cats. She toils in IT by day and writes all the things by night. Her recent stories have appeared in Respectable Horror, Callisto: A Queer Fiction Journal, The Cainite Conspiracies: A Vampire the Masquerade Anthology, The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Tales and The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Professor Moriarty. Her collection Out of This World and her novel Silver Moon are available from Queen of Swords Press.  www.catherinelundoff.com

 
 


Dua Saleh is a multidisciplinary performing artist based in Minneapolis. Although in the early stages of a career, Dua just recently landed the 2017 VERVE Grant, a song premiere on Minnesota Public Radio's "The Current", a feature on Button Poetry, and a primary role in Sweetness of Wild.



Lucas Scheelk is a white, autistic, trans, queer-identified poet from the Twin Cities. Lucas uses they/them pronouns. They're the author of THIS IS A CLOTHESPIN (Damaged Goods Press, 2016), and the self-published HOLMES IS A PERSON AS IS (2016). Lucas was the recipient of the VSA Emerging Artist grant in 2016, and is one of the 24 poets chosen for the Saint Paul Almanac IMPRESSIONS Project in 2017. When Lucas is not writing, they indulge in Holmesiana, pet one billion cats, and they attempt to turn absolutely anything into a Cabin Pressure reference.

 
 

Mashal Dilruba Sherzad is a recent graduate from Hamline University with a degree in Political Science. She identifies as Muslim, Queer and Middle Eastern with roots in Afghanistan and Iran. She is slightly skeptical of her American identity, though it is part of who she is. Mashal has recently delved herself into what it means to stand one's ground in the face of oppressive structures both in the public and private spheres. Her family, strong relational ties and self love are important to her.



Vanessa Taylor (they/them, she/her) is a community organizer and free-lancer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They are a co-founder of the Black Liberation Project, a grassroots collective of Black youth. Their writing touches on topics ranging from Black womanhood to interrogating an American Muslim identity. They are an Afro-pessimist at heart, with their work centering the Black experience. They can most often be found yelling about something on Twitter.


Dr. Felicia Washington Sy is the Clinical Director of Reclaim, a mental health service provider for queer and transgender youth in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is also an artist, activist, and academic whose work has previously been performed at Intermedia Arts, the Walker Arts Center, the Patrick’s Cabaret of old and many other small venues in and around the Twin Cities metro area. Following a ten year hiatus to complete her Ph.D., raise an amazing 7 year old daughter, and develop her private practice in clinical social work, Felicia Sy is back. She believes words have the power to hurt and heal; she believes art in all its forms has the power to save lives. Her spoken word poetry is about what it means to be queer, black, female, over forty and unapologetic. Amen.


Sofia Yarberry is a recent college grad working as a children's librarian at a local montessori school. They have interned with the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Minneapolis based publisher, Milkweed Editions. They've studied literature and poetry at Lewis & Clark College, Sarah Lawrence College, abroad in Dublin, Ireland, and will be attending the MFA program at Washington University in St. Louis starting this fall. Sofia explores gender and sexuality in their work and often uses the work of William Blake and other writers to talk about these ideas, concepts, and life experiences more poignantly. Their work has been published in some portland based zines and in Broken Yolk. They have read at the Twin Cities Poetry Festival, the 555 reading, and, of course, at Intermedia Arts.