Memory as Past, Memory as Future: Poetry of Queer Diaspora
Poets Ashna Ali, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Heidi Andrea Restrepo Rhodes, Arhm Choi Wild, and juliany taveras present a poetry reading and panel that brings together their voices as queer and transgender poets of diaspora, to consider the role of historical and generational memory, its erasures and forms of persistence, in cultivating diverse practices of QTPOC futurity.
Ashna Ali is a queer non-binary Bangladeshi poet from Italy who has been based in New York for fourteen years. Their poetry has appeared in HeART Online, The Felt, Bone Bouquet, Nat Brut, and femmescapes, and explores questions of migration, identity, food, sex, and inter-generational trauma. They are working on a book manuscript, and completing a PhD in Comparative Literature at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Among other hustles, they teach literature at Queens College, and food studies at The New School. They live in Brooklyn with their partner and three cats.
KAY ULANDAY BARRETT aka @brownroundboi is a poet, performer, and cultural strategist, navigating life as a disabled pilipinx-amerikan transgender queer. They are a fellow of VONA, The Home School, Lambda Literary Review, and Drunken Boat retreats. Recently, K. was featured in 9 Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Writers You Should Know in VOGUE Magazine. They are 2018 Guest Faculty for The Poetry Foundation, 2018 Writer-in-Residence for Poetry at Lambda Literary Review, and Co-curator at Asian American Writers Workshop. K. has featured on stages like The Lincoln Center, Princeton University, UC Berkeley, Chicago Historical Society, Brooklyn Museum, The NY Poetry Festival, The Dodge Poetry Foundation, Tucson Poetry Festival, The Guild Complex, The Hemispheric Institute, and National Queer Arts Festival. They have featured in Vogue, The Advocate, PBS News Hour, Asian American Literary Review, VIDA Review, RaceForward, The Deaf Poets Society, NYLON, Apogee, Entropy, among others. Kaybarrett.net
heidi andrea restrepo rhodes is a queer, sick/disabled, mixed-race, second-generation Colombian immigrant, poet, artist, scholar, & activist. Her first full-length collection “The Inheritance of Haunting” was chosen by Ada Limón for the 2018 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize awarded by Letras Latinas, & will be published by University of Notre Dame Press in 2019. Her poetry has been published in As/Us, Pank, Raspa, Word Riot, Feminist Studies, Huizache, & Nat.Brut among other places. She is a member of the Canaries Collective, and is currently a doctoral candidate in political theory at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Instagram: @vessels.we.are
Arhm Choi Wild is a Kundiman fellow from Ann Arbor, MI. She holds a MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and has been published in the anthology Daring to Repair by Wising Up Press and in the magazines Barrow Street, The Massachusetts Review, Split this Rock, Foglifter, Two Hawks Quarterly, TRACK//FOUR, Peal, Otoliths, and Scholars & Rogues. She has worked as a teacher in New York City for the last five years, and has performed and competed in poetry slams across the country, including at Brave New Voices, the Bowery Poetry Club, the Michigan Theater, and Asheville WordFest.
juliany taveras is a dominican-american writer, theatre-maker, & arts educator from Brooklyn, NY. Their playwriting has been nationally recognized (Kilroys List 2016, 50 Playwrights Project List 2018) & developed/staged with Crashbox Theater Company, The Lark, Corkscrew Theater Festival, The Bechdel Group, WOW Café Theatre, & Greenhouse Theater Center, among others. Their poetry & photography have also been included in various digital & print publications. juliany is a graduate of Vassar College & the St. Joseph’s College Writer’s Foundry, & currently works as a teaching artist with NYC youth while continuing to develop work that navigates bodies in diaspora. julianytaveras.com
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