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March 2018

Taking up the Quill: Queer Representation through Writing, Awards, and Publication–at the AWP Conference

March 9 @ 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Room 12, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor Florida + Google Map

Though labels of identity can be alienating, they can also be empowering and community building. We discover identities within ourselves through the recognition of communities in visual and print media. This was the inspiration to launch Quill, a new queer imprint of Red Hen Press which publishes queer literary prose through award submissions. Hear Quill’s editor, judges, and award winners read their powerful works and discuss the need for representation through publication.

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“Bad Advice From Bad Women” Other Books Reading

March 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Other Books, 2006 E Cesar E Chavez Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90033
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featuring Lauren Chanel Allen, Ryka Aoki, Susan Cheng, Alana Levinson, and Victoria Namkung. Featuring the best women writing today. ​Based in New York City but known to roam. ​(Doesn't usually feature literal advice, but lessons can be inferred.) Previous venues include Word Brooklyn, Green Apple Books, Bluestockings, The Last Bookstore, Strand, Greenlight Bookstore, Volumes Bookcafe, ​Books Are Magic, McNally Jackson, and others.

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April 2018

Enter>text @ The Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA)

April 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Pasadena Museum of California Art, 490 E Union St
Pasadena, CA 91101 United States
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Free

"Enter>text is a living literary journal, an immersive series of events where the audience is activated to seek out their own unique encounters with writers. We strive to explore the textual nature of our surroundings, always searching for new voices, histories and fictions." This is going to be a far more interactive and performative night. There will be readings, but we will also be recontextualizing the museum. 🙂

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TRANS*forming Literature: a reading & conversation with Ryka Aoki, Helen Boyd, & Ely Shipley @ Cornell University

April 26 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Goldwin Smith Hall, Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium (132 GSH), 232 East Ave, Central Campus
Ithaca, New York 14853
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Free

(Looking forward to this!! This is like a homecoming for me!) The Spring 2018 Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series concludes with "TRANS*forming Literature," featuring readings and a conversation with Ryka Aoki, Helen Boyd, & Ely Shipley Ryka Aoki is an author, composer, and teacher who was honored by the California State Senate for “extraordinary commitment to the visibility and well-being of Transgender people.” Ryka is a two-time Lambda Award finalist, and two of her compositions were adopted as “songs of peace” by the American Association…

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TRANS*forming Literature: a reading & conversation with Ryka Aoki, Helen Boyd, & Ely Shipley

April 26 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Goldwin Smith Hall, Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium (132 GSH), 232 East Ave, Central Campus
Ithaca, New York 14853
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The Spring 2018 Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series concludes with "TRANS*forming Literature," featuring readings and a conversation with Ryka Aoki, Helen Boyd, & Ely Shipley Ryka Aoki is an author, composer, and teacher who was honored by the California State Senate for “extraordinary commitment to the visibility and well-being of Transgender people.” Ryka is a two-time Lambda Award finalist, and two of her compositions were adopted as “songs of peace” by the American Association of Hiroshima Nagasaki A-Bomb Survivors. Ryka has an MFA from Cornell University and…

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May 2018

LitFest Pasadena Festival

May 19 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Pasadena Playhouse District, TBA
Pasadena, CA United States
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I just found out that I'll be reading from my new book and talking about writing and good stuff with Tobi Harper and the good people from Red Hen/Quill. More details to follow!

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August 2018

Poetry Workshop @ Lambda Literary–Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices

August 5 - August 12
Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045 United States
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I will be leading the Poetry Workshop this year. I am truly honored. The Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices was established in 2007 and is the first of its kind ever offered to LGBTQ writers: a one-week intensive immersion in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, genre fiction and playwriting. The Retreat is an unparalleled opportunity to be mentored by the very best writers in our community, to develop one’s craft, make connections with publishing industry professionals and build a strong community of peers.

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September 2018

Winter Tangerine Guest Lecture

September 8 @ 2:00 pm
Online

Guest lecture for Winter Tangerine, a literary journal dedicated to publishing evocative work from often unheard voices.  😀 This will specifically be for Open By Riot Laughter, a workshop for trans & gender non-conforming writers.  

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October 2018

Address for the Southern Buddhist Conference “The Social Face of Buddhism”

October 6 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Los Angeles Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple, 815 East First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
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I was speaking on Buddhism, Community, and Gender. It was a profound honor.

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