In conjunction with the 2013 Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference, Leeway presents an open literary salon highlighting the work of inspiring trans literary artists from a diversity of genres including poetry, fiction, memoir, spoken word, and more! Hosted by Nico Amador, the salon will feature Timothy Colman, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Red Durkin, and Rachel K. Zall. Audience members are invited to bring work to share!
The salon will take place on Friday June 14 from 6:00pm-7:30 pm at the Leeway office (1315 Walnut Street, Suite 832)
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Nico is a Philadelphia-based organizer, facilitator, and writer. He has participated in campaigns against military recruitment, for alternatives to prisons and policing, and in support of human rights in Latin America. Recently he helped to lead a successful campaign for transgender rights on Philadelphia’s public transportation system. As a facilitator he has worked with groups such as National Youth Advocacy Coalition, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Leeway Foundation, New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, Energy Action Coalition, and Trans Justice Funding Project. Nico is currently a student in the Creative Writing Program at Community College of Philadelphia where he won the Judith Stark Award for his poetry and fiction in 2010 and 2011. He has published poetry inMiPOesias, APIARY magazine, and the forthcoming Joto: An Anthology of Queer Chicano/Xicano Poetry.
Timothy is a writer, organizer, grassroots fundraiser, and retired astrologer. His short fiction, poetry, and non-fiction have received the William Plumer Potter Award and the Judith Stark Prize, and have appeared in a number of magazines, literary journals, and anthologies, including make/shift, Tikkun, APIARY, Journal of Aesthetics & Protest, and The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities. A longtime ‘zinester’, he was also featured in Zine Yearbook 9. Timothy lives in Philadelphia, where he works with the Philly Survivor Support Collective, Put People First! PA, and the Philadelphia Student Union.
Kay Ulanday Barrett
Kay is a poet, performer, and educator, navigating life as a disabled pin@y-amerikan transgender queer in the U.S. with struggle, resistance, and laughter. A 2009 Campus Pride Hot List artist and 2013 Trans 100 Honoree, Kay has been featured at colleges and on stages globally, including: Princeton University, UC Berkeley, Musée Pour Rire in Montréal, and The Chicago Historical Society. Kay’s bold work continues to excite and challenge audiences. Kay has facilitated workshops, presented keynotes, and contributed to panels with various social justice communities. Honors include: finalist for The Gwendolyn Brooks Open-Mic Award and contributions in Poor Magazine, Kicked Out Anthology, Windy City Queer: Dispatches from the Third Coast, make/shift, and Filipino American Psychology. Kay turns art into action and is dedicated to remixing recipes. Follow Kay on twitter @kulandaybarrett or visit kaybarrett.net
Red is the managing editor of PrettyQueer.com and one the most promising young queer comics in the country. She has toured extensively as part of the Tranny Roadshow, performed at Camp Trans and the Transgender Leadership Summit, and was a member of the Fully Functional Cabaret. She has written nine zines, was featured in the final issue of Punk Planet magazine and Topside Press’ The Collection: Short Fiction From the Transgender Vanguard. Her work on Youtube has reached over 100,000 views and appeared in classrooms and boardrooms nationwide. Her upcoming novel, Ready, Amy, Fire is scheduled to be published by Topside Press in summer 2013.
Rachel K. Zall
Rachel is a poet, pornographer, performing artist, and activist living in Philadelphia in a house filled with strange felines and extraordinary hats. She has published two books of poetry—The Oxygen Catastrope: Selected Poems 1999-2006 and New Problems—and she is endlessly working on a third collection focused on the very specific theme of ‘trans lady stuff’. Her short story “The Visible Woman” was included in Tristan Taormino’s Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology Take Me There: Trans & Genderqueer Erotica and she is currently collaborating on a comic book with artist Christianne Benedict called The Exile & Happy Landing Of Natalie Ríos, which may be available in some form by the time you read these words. You should ask her about it. Her website is radiosilent.org