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Artists and Speakers 2021

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A Night of Queer Poetry

Friday 7 p.m.
Poetry with Jayy Dodd, Chen Chen & Jasmine Reid

Jayy Dodd the subject known as jayy dodd aka [redacted] aka Lady Tournament beamed down in Los Angeles ’92 & is now based in Portland,OR. Her professional literary career includes positions at The Offing, Winter Tangerine & more with features in the LA Times, Poetry Magazine, Oprah Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Willamette Weekly, The New York Public Library & several anthologies. She’s the author of Mannish Tongues (Platypus Press 2017) & The Black Condition ft. Narcissus (Nightboat 2019). Her film & performance work has been installed & screened across the country from classrooms to museums. She has been a Lambda Literary Fellow & Precipice Art Grant Recipient through Portland’s Institute of Contemporary Art. She the mother of Tournament Haus, a boutique Ballroom house in Portland Kiki Scene, where she manages & produces young Black queer & trans artists. Find her talking slick or in another dimension. https://www.jayydodd.net/

Chen Chen / 陳琛 is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, which was longlisted for the National Book Award and won the Thom Gunn Award, among other honors. His work appears/is forthcoming in many publications, including The New York Times, Poem-a-Day, and three editions of The Best American Poetry (2015, 2019, & 2021). He has received a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from Kundiman and the National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches at Brandeis University as the Jacob Ziskind Poet-in-Residence. He also teaches for the low residency M.F.A. programs at Stonecoast and New England College. With his friends he edits the journal Underblong. https://www.chenchenwrites.com/

Jasmine Reid is a twice trans poet of flowers. She is the author of Deus Ex Nigrum, winner of the 2018 Honeysuckle Press Chapbook Contest, selected by Danez Smith. An MFA graduate from Cornell University and recipient of fellowships from Poets House and Jack Jones Literary Arts, her work has been published or is forthcoming in Muzzle Magazine, Apogee, The Academy of American Poets, Pinwheel, TriQuarterly, and Washington Square Review, among others. A Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominated poet, Jasmine was born and raised in Baltimore, MD, and is currently based in Ithaca, NY. Find her at https://reidjasmine.com/

Keynote

Saturday Noon
Vanessa Rochelle Lewis & Friends

Title: Queer Liberation Is A Spiritual Practice: Why We MUST Center Kindness In Our Movement Spaces Today & How To Do It With Intelligence & Self-Care

The world is shifting at a chaotic and exponential pace. Everyday, we are encountering more and more unknowns, and without intentional room for collaborative visioning, community care, and intentional pleasure, those unknowns can facilitate justifiable feelings of terror, hopelessness, and isolation. It is clear that we need creative, inclusive, and gentle queer movement spaces—ones that provide softer landing grounds for healing and liberation—now more than ever. But in order to create those spaces we must recognize, prioritize, and truly honor kindness as an intellectual and sacred liberatory practice.

Please join Vanessa Lewis & The Reclaim UGLY team for a passionate, healing, and experiential exploration on how to use our juicy imaginations, intentional kindness, and yesterday's hard-won wisdom to transform today's unknown into a playground of healing possibility, love building, and the queer paradise that can serve and support us all.

Closed QIPOC Space

Saturday 2 p.m.
Closed QTPOC (LGBTQ+ and Black, Brown, Indigenous, People of Color Identifying) Chat and Connect
With Vanessa Rochelle Lewis

Special Workshop Container

Saturday 7 p.m.
Bottoms Up: an embodied werqshop discussion on sex, intimacy, and alternative subjectivities of the erotic
With Estrella/x Supernova

Bottoms Up will be an intimate container that will be part-discussion, part-rage room, part-dance party, and part-grief ritual for folks who are interested and get excited by discussing their relationship to sex, intimacy, the erotic, and pleasure in relation to and not related to the pandemic. As a survivor, I have always had to get creative with how I approach sex and intimacy and have found portals for activating the erotic in my everyday life that don't necessarily require other human bodies (I do miss their warmth though).

Closing Event

Sunday 7 p.m.
Closing Presentation
With Hayden Kristal

Hayden Kristal (preferred pronouns they/them/theirs, but accepts anything said with good intent) is a Deaf, bisexual, Jewish, queer activist and stand-up comedian. Living their life at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities has led Hayden to a career as a professional speaker, exploring the intersections of ability, gender, sexuality, and access—particularly within the spheres of activism and social justice. They have brought their funny, engaging, and interactive workshops and speeches to dozens of conferences, businesses, and schools all across North America including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Vistaprint, and the Connecticut Supreme Court. In the realm of speaking and activism, Hayden has been a TEDx Presenter, a Catalyst Award winner, and a Lavender Graduation commencement speaker; comedically, Hayden was a semifinalist for Stand Up NBC, a finalist for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee’s Comedy Writing Mentorship, a featured performer at Limestone Comedy festival, and has opened and featured for Maria Bamford.

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