The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Conference Schedule 2019

Conference Schedule 2019

Saturday, February 23, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.


Queerness in Creative Writing with Achy Obejas, Terry Galloway, TC Tolbert, Piper J. Daniels

Date(s): Saturday, February 23, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Location: 
Carson Ballroom, Old Main (view map)
Type(s): 
Panel
Genre and Form(s): LGBTQIA
Tags: Queerness

About the Session

In an article for Lambda Literary, writer Marcie Bianco ask the following question to authors who identified as being queer about the nature of queer writing in its relation to identity politics: “What makes writing ‘queer’?” How does queer writing move counter to heteronormative literary traditions and forms? How does this disruption reshape current trajectories? This panel will explore queer writing in this country and how it may be impacted by gender fluid politics and the intersectional influences of other identities like disability, race and/or class. Addressing these important topics are writer and actor, Terry Galloway, novelist and translator, Achy Obejas, and poet and writer, TC Tolbert, in a discussion focused on the current state of queer writing, style, identity, and publishing, and on the intersections and inspirations found therein.

Meet the Presenter(s)

Desert Nights Rising Stars Writers Conference Faculty 2019 Achy Obejas
Achy Obejas is the critically acclaimed author of The Tower of the Antilles, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the PEN Open Book Award and the Aspen Word Prize. Her previous books include Days of Awe and Ruins. As a translator, she's worked with Junot Díaz, Wendy Guerra and Rita Indiana, among others. Born in Havana, she currently lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
Desert Nights Rising Stars Writers Conference Faculty 2019 Terry Galloway
Terry Galloway, a deaf queer writer/performer/activist who writes, performs and agitates. Her solo performances have been produced in venues ranging from the American Place Theater in NYC to the Zap Club in Brighton England. She works as a community artist/activist and co-founded a series of theaters in Austin Texas and Tallahassee Florida promoting original work by members of marginalized communities. The Ugly Girl, her queer/disability themed musical, debuted at DaDaFest in Liverpool and toured the UK. Her memoir, Mean Little Deaf Queer was published by Beacon Press. Her work has garnered awards from, among others, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Texas Institute of Letters, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.
Photograph of TC Tolbert holding up a micro-zine next to his head for comparison of size and smiling; photography by Shawnte Orion
TC Tolbert identifies as a trans and genderqueer feminist, collaborator, mover, and poet. And, s/he’s a human in love with humans doing human things. S/he is author of Gephyromania (Ahsahta Press 2014), five chapbooks, and co-editor of Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books 2013). TC was recently awarded an Academy of American Poets’ Laureate Fellowship for his work with trans, non-binary, and queer folks as Tucson’s Poet Laureate. S/he will be Writer in Residence at Pratt Institute, 2019-2020. www.tctolbert.com
Photograph of Piper J. Daniels

Piper J. Daniels (she/ her) is a Michigan native and queer intersectional feminist currently living in the American Southwest. She received a BA from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA from University of Washington. Her debut essay collection, Ladies Lazarus, won the Tarpaulin Sky Book Award, was longlisted for the PEN Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award For the Art of the Essay, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in LGBTQ Nonfiction. Entropy named Ladies Lazarus one of their favorite books of 2018. Daniels’s work appears in Hotel Amerika, The Rumpus, Tarpaulin Sky, Entropy, Longreads, and elsewhere. She works as a full-time writer and manuscript consultant to the curious and the brave.