So, having heard about this awesome event happening in Montreal on June 5th, I thought I’d point you all towards Winnipeg author Casey Plett‘s anthology of short stories, A Safe Girl to Love – A collection of eleven stories about young trans women “[…] stumbling through loss, sex, harassment, and love. These stories, shiny with whiskey and prairie sunsets, rattling subways and neglected cats, show growing up as a trans girl can be charming, funny, frustrating, or sad, but never will it be predictable.”
The event will also feature Toronto writer and performance artist Morgan M. Page and a number of writers and performers from the U.S. If you’re in Montreal in early June, do check it out.
On a tangentially-related-to-this-post note, trans women (and other trans folks) reading this may wish to take a look at the submission guidelines for THEM (literary journal of trans writing).
From their website:
THEM accepts poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, experimental writing, and pretty much anything. THEM is especially excited by writing that is particular, writing that doesn’t appeal to “being trans*” as if it were one, complete narrative. We are not just trans*. Race, class, ability, size, and sexuality constitute and distribute the oppression of trans* folks. […]
Feel free to write outside convention: our bodies don’t always pass, neither does our writing. Surprise us.
Do go and have a look.
Attention, trans writers, particularly Canadian trans writers, as well as gender-lit geeks of all stripes and localities:
Winnipeg will be playing host to the Writing Trans Genres conference, this May 22-24, 2014.
This sounds like it could be hella cool.
From their website:
Inspired by conferences such as Women and Words / Les femmes et les mots and anthologies like This Bridge Called My Back, this conference aims to develop critical lenses for reading trans literatures. One needn’t be an academic to do intellectual work, and writers, readers and community members can and do engage critically without being situated within the university. This call for proposals is an invitation to writers, performers, critics, scholars, activists and community members to participate in developing critical contexts for reading and interpreting an emerging body of literature by transgender, transsexual, two spirit and genderqueer writers, on two spirit, trans, and genderqueer terms.
Inspirée d’événements telles Women and Words / Les femmes et les mots, de même que d’anthologies telles This Bridge Called My Back, cette conférence vise à contribuer aux développements de perspectives critiques dans la lecture des littératures trans. Nul besoin d’être universitaire afin de s’engager dans le travail intellectuel. En effet, écrivain.e.s, lecteur.trice.s et membres de la communauté contribuent déjà à une pensée critique qui n’est pas contrainte par nos institutions universitaires. D’ailleurs, la capacité de répondre et/ou confronter – to speak back – les milieux académiques dans la production du savoir est cruciale à cette entreprise critique. Certes, nous vivons maintenant dans un contexte où écrivain.ne.s two spirit, genderqueer, et trans jouissent d’opportunités de publication sans précédent dans les milieux commerciaux, littéraires et académiques, en plus d’avoir créé nos propres revues et maisons d’édition. Or, il importe d’autant plus de rappeler que l’accès à ces forums continue d’être relatif, alors que de multiples formes de privilèges et d’oppression, de même que les appréhensions politiques et esthétiques de certains, continuent d’infléchir nos positions. Cet appel à propositions est une invitation aux écrivain.e.s, artistes, critiques, ainsi qu’aux membres de la communauté à participer au développement de contextes critiques pour la lecture et l’interprétation d’un corpus émergent de littérature par (et à propos) des écrivain.e.s trangenre, transsexuel.le.s, two spirit et genderqueer.
See what I mean? Also, it’s bilingual, by the looks of things, so YAY.
Their call for proposals is open now, and you can download it here (English) et ici (français).
Go take a peak at these three poems by Trish Salah, up at Feminist Wire.
They touch on disputed and contested bodies, ivory towers, power structures, and stollen countries.
I think you’ll like them.
Okay, this is perhaps a weird post to be putting on a blog about women poets, writers, and storytellers, but bear with me.
As you know, Voices of Venus is a queer-and-trans-friendly and sex-positive showcase. Always has been. As such, we’re interested in sticking up for other women-focused, sex-positive, queer-and-trans-friendly spaces. Spaces like Venus Envy, the local book-and-toy-store which recently had its 18+designated ads censored by Facebook.
I know. WTF. (Then again, given FB’s track record when it comes to, say, breast-feeding pics, maybe this is not that surprising).
So. Because VE is all about showcasing art by local women artists and – more to the VoV-related point – books by Canadian writers and performers like Ivan E. Coyote, Anna Camilleri, Amber Dawn, and Tara-Michelle Ziniuk, I’m asking, if you agree that FB’s censorship of VE is wrong, and if you haven’t done this already (I know that many of you have), please go to the go to the Venus Envy Ottawa Page and join it by pressing the “like” button. Sure, you’ll get information from them about workshops, events (like the upcoming Reading Out Loud event), BUT you’ll also be showing your support for sexual awareness and enjoyment AND for Canadian independent writers, performers, and, yes, book stores.
– Thanks a tonne.