“I am the what-are-you: Queer Poetry/Queer Differences”: Queer poetry, like queerness itself, is often dominated by the same voices. It’s time for a change. This panel explores and celebrates queer differences with poets who speak from varied perspectives. In their own way, each of these poets gives testament to the rich and succulent diversity of queer poetics and the queer community at large. Poets Eduardo C. Corral (Slow Lightning), Maureen Seaton (Fibonacci Batman), L. Lamar Wilson (Sacrilegion), Parker Phillips and Neil De La Flor (An Elephant’s Memory of Blizzards) will read from their work, followed by a Q & A.
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
EDUARDO C. CORRAL’s debut collection of poetry, Slow Lightning (2012), won the Yale Younger Poets Prize, making him the first Latino recipient of the award. Praised for his seamless blending of English and Spanish, tender treatment of history, and careful exploration of sexuality, Corral has received numerous honors and awards, including the Discovery/The Nation Award, the J. Howard and Barbara M.J. Wood Prize, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. As a CantoMundo Fellow, he has held the Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing at Colgate University and was the Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. He lives in New York City.
NEIL DE LA FLOR’s first book, Almost Dorothy (Marsh Hawk Press, 2010), won the Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize. de la Flor’s second book, An Elephant’s Memory of Blizzards (Marsh Hawk Press 2013), has nothing to do with elephants but has everything to do with the memory or blizzards. de la Flor has co-authored three collaborative books with Maureen Seaton & Kristine Snodgrass and is a performing arts journalist for KnightArts and ArtBurstMiami. He is also the Executive Director of Reading Queer.
E. PARKER PHILLIPS is a writer based in Miami, Florida. Parker’s poems have appeared in Jai-Alai Magazine and Hinchas de Poesia, as well as Tigertail’s South Florida Poetry Annual VIII: Miami Poetry Collective. Parker holds a BA in Chinese from Yale University and an MFA in poetry from Florida International University. Parker teaches as an adjunct instructor at Florida International University and Broward College.
MAUREEN SEATON is the author of fifteen poetry collections, both solo and collaborative. Her work has received numerous awards, including the Iowa Poetry Prize, Lambda Literary Award, Society of Midland Authors Award, Eighth Mountain Poetry Prize, the Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Award, an NEA, and the Pushcart; and has appeared in Best American Poetry and in numerous literary journals. Her memoir, Sex Talks to Girls, also garnered a “Lammy.” She teaches poetry at the University of Miami and writes about poets and the valuable damage they do in the world at Almost Dorothy’s “Glit Lit:” http://almostdorothy.wordpress.com/category/themes/glit-lit/.
L. LAMAR WILSON has poems in or forthcoming in African American Review, Los Angeles Review, jubilat, The 100 Best African American Poems, The New Sound, Black Gay Genius, and other journals and anthologies. Sacrilegion, his first collection, was selected by Lee Ann Brown for the Carolina Wren Press Poetry Series. Individual poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and won the 2011 Beau Boudreaux Poetry Prize. Wilson has received fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation, the Callaloo Workshops, the Alfred E. Knobler Scholarship Fund, and the Arts and Sciences Foundation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he’s pursuing a doctorate in African American and multiethnic American poetics.