Reading Queer

Creating Queer Voice in the Poem: A Writing Workshop with Parker Phillips

Creating Queer Voice in the Poem: A Writing Workshop with Parker Phillips

Creating Queer Voice in the Poem: A Writing Workshop with Parker Phillips

E. Parker Phillips


Creating Queer Voice in the Poem: A Writing Workshop with Parker Phillips


Register today for the next writing workshop of the 2016 RQ Writing Academy series during the 2016 TransArt Festival. 1PM Saturday, June 18 th @ the LGBT Welcome Center onSouth BeachSpace is limited. RSVP below. 

DESCRIPTION: Whose voice speaks to readers in a poem? Typically the “poet’s” or a dramatic persona the poet has created. “Creating Queer Voice” though teaches queer writers tactics for writing voices based on lived experiences of creative self formation, non-binary gender expression and gender transition. Writing prompts will guide participants to queer the voices in original poems through the use of tone, dramatic irony, performativity, engagement with history and politics, disclosing (or not) communal knowledge, storytelling and rhetorical shifts. Other topics can include the risks and rewards of displaying the queer and/or trans self in poetry as well as how poetry can uniquely articulate transgender perspectives and feelings. We will read work by Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, TC Tolbert, Terrance Hayes, Danez Smith, Frank O’Hara, Jewelle Gomez and others.

DATE: Saturday, June 18, 2016
TIME: 1 pm
LOCATION: LGBT Visitor Center Miami Beach 1300 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33138.
COST: *All Reading Queer workshops are free and open to the public. However, we depend on your donations to support our programming. Make a donation today.


E. PARKER PHILLIPS is a teacher, writer and performer who works across the genres of writing, kink and performance. Parker received their BA in Chinese from Yale and an MFA in Creative Writing from FIU, teaching at FIU and Broward College before opening a BDSM and fetish studio in Miami in 2014 where Parker produced over 100 events ranging from fetish theater to educational classes on the technical and mental aspects of BDSM. Parker’s poems have appeared in Hinchas de Poesia and Tigertail’s Miami Poetry Collective. Parker has also performed at the Miami Book Fair and BFI’s Weird Miami Bus Tour.


*The Reading Queer Writing Academy aims to inspire and prepare members of the queer community to tap into the powerful potential inherent to the act and the art of writing. Consisting of a series of distinct workshops spread out throughout the calendar year, the Academy will serve as a platform for writers of all walks of life to explore, pursue and perfect the craft in its myriad forms. As an expression of our conviction that writing is a right, not a privilege, all workshops are open to the general public regardless of an individual’s ability to pay.

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