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Saturday, May 2 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Queer as Family, or, The F Word FULL

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GLBT liberation has changed most of the “givens” that queer people once experienced as family members. With same-sex marriage legalized, more widespread acceptance by families of origin, and parenthood by various avenues (from artificial insemination to adoption) more common, what “family” can mean has changed dramatically.

How has this shifting landscape informed our identities as queer poets, and influenced the artistic choices we make in our work? Are our poems reactions to events unfolding around us, or have we been instrumental in inspiring today’s more tolerant attitudes?

Four poets (Christopher Hennessy, Gail Thomas, Pilar Quintana, and Steven Riel) who come from diverse backgrounds will read selections of their poetry while discussing how they employ poetic craft to illuminate family-related topic from a queer perspective.

Speakers
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Christopher Hennessy

Christopher Hennessy is the author of three books, including two collections of interviews with gay writers, Outside the Lines: Talking with Contemporary Gay Poets (University of Michigan Press) and Our Deep Gossip: Conversations with Gay Writers on Poetry and Desire (University of Wisconsin Press). His debut book of poems, Love-In-Idleness (Brooklyn Arts Press) was a finalist for the Thom Gunn Award. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of... Read More →
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Pilar Quintana

poet, artist, musician, actor, Grey Court Poets
Pilar Quintana has published poetry about growing up genderqueer, and is currently working on a book of poems dealing with the roles that family, religion, and society play in our acceptance of gender and sexual identities. A member of the Grey Court Poets, her poems have appeared in the anthology Songs From the Castle's Remains, and Athens, GA's Word of Mouth. She has also appeared as a guest on local TV programs speaking about the craft of... Read More →
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Steven Riel

Poet, Author of Fellow Odd Fellow, Harvard University Library
Steven Riel is the author of one full-length collection of poetry, Fellow Odd Fellow, published by Trio House Press in 2014, as well as three chapbooks of poetry: How to Dream, The Spirit Can Crest, and most recently, Postcard from P-town, which was selected as runner-up for the inaugural Robin Becker Chapbook Prize and published in 2009 by Seven Kitchens Press. His poems have appeared in several anthologies and in numerous periodicals, including... Read More →
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Gail Thomas

Poet & Educator
Gail Thomas has published three books of poetry, Waving Back (Turning Point), No Simple Wilderness: An Elegy for Swift River Valley (Haley’s), and Finding the Bear (Perugia). Her poems have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies including The Beloit Poetry Journal, Calyx, Hanging Loose, The Evergreen Chronicles, North American Review, The Chiron Review, Cider Press Review, and The Naugatuck River Review. She is the recipient of... Read More →

Producers
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Steven Riel

Poet, Author of Fellow Odd Fellow, Harvard University Library
Steven Riel is the author of one full-length collection of poetry, Fellow Odd Fellow, published by Trio House Press in 2014, as well as three chapbooks of poetry: How to Dream, The Spirit Can Crest, and most recently, Postcard from P-town, which was selected as runner-up for the inaugural Robin Becker Chapbook Prize and published in 2009 by Seven Kitchens Press. His poems have appeared in several anthologies and in numerous periodicals, including... Read More →

Volunteers
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Amanda Hope

Poet & librarian

Saturday May 2, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hawthorne Essex Room

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