Sept 15–Literary Death Match!

Readings and Events

Well, it’s been a bit since I have updated. But I’ve been busy! This THURSDAY, Sept 15 I am taking part in Literary Death Match! I am looking forward to this so much! Please come by!!!READERS:  * Jon Klassen, American Caldecott and British Kate Greenaway Medal-winning author of This is Not My Hat * Nadja Spiegelman, graphic novelist, […]

September 12, 2016

In Whose Image: Trans and Genderqueer Writers on Magic, Spirituality, and (the Bodies of) G-d: My AWP Talk on Magical Realism Magic, and Trans Identity

Community, Readings and Events

(Delivered at the 2016 AWP, 4/1/2016) Thank you everyone for coming! Gosh, it’s the last day of the AWP. I kind of have a love-hate relationship with the AWP. I think I feel that way with a lot of things that purport to have a purpose, but are often chaotic, huge, and relentless. One realizes this […]

April 10, 2016

At the AWP! 4/2/2016 Los Angeles Convention Center

Books and Publications, Readings and Events

I am really looking forward to this event. The AWP is the big creative writing shindig–and if you can make it down, please come by! Please join us for this extraordinary AWP panel/conversation/experience with CA Conrad, Joy Ladin, Ryka Aoki, Ian Ellasante, and TC Tolbert. Spirituality, like writing, hinges on transformation. Similarly, trans and genderqueer writers have unique experiences with […]

March 31, 2016

Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul–Lambda Finalist (Reading May 24)

Books and Publications, Readings and Events, Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul

I found out recently that Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul has been recognized as a Lambda Finalist this year in the all-new category of Transgender Poetry. That is an amazing honor! Thank you, Lambda Literary. I will be reading at the Lambda Finalist reading on May 24 at the West Hollywood City Hall. Los […]

March 26, 2016

Reading 3/22 Laguna Hills! 1pm :)

Readings and Events

 Hope folks can come by. I know a lot of folks in Laguna Hills. A lot of amazing writers and people and friends, and I am so honored to be reading with them.  I’ll be reading from my latest book, Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul. “The Spoken Word Club will feature Ryka Aoki at […]

March 21, 2016

Thank you to Swarthmore!

Community, Readings and Events

This is why I visit colleges… I think I’ll always love learning and sharing… “Ryka Aoki’s visit to Swarthmore was nothing short of extraordinary. Her readings from all three of her books were hilarious, deeply moving, and thought-provoking all at once. By far the most memorable part of her time here, however, was our post-reading […]

September 2, 2015


Readings and Events

Sometimes, I do a different sort of performance. This is a martial arts set! Ryka   May 29-30: Introducing….QUEER REBELS FEST! Two nights of provocative performance by queer and trans artists of color! From the Third World Student strikes to LA Riots to Black Lives Matter movement, we examine spaces of separation and solidarity among communities of […]

May 22, 2015