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Collision, Collusion, and Craft with Denise Duhamel & Maureen Seaton

Collision, Collusion, and Craft with Denise Duhamel & Maureen Seaton

About this Event The Wild Third Voice: Collision, Collusion, and Craft in Poetic Collaboration Join poets Denise Duhamel and Maureen Seaton, long-time collaborators, for a craft talk and (possibly, hopefully) the chance (you get to choose) to participate in a linked collaborative poem which will 1. celebrate the day, 2.…

Expansion and Distillation: A Generative Writing Workshop with Andrea Cohen

Expansion and Distillation: A Generative Writing Workshop with Andrea Cohen

About this Event Description: We’ll look at ways to simplify and add complexity to poems, leaving a door open for mystery and surprise. We’ll discuss a narrative poem and a lyric one, and do a short in-class exercise. Get tickets here. About Andre Cohen: Andrea Cohen’s poems and stories have appeared in…

Queering the Opening: Generative Workshop led by Paul Lisicky

Queering the Opening: Generative Workshop led by Paul Lisicky

This writing workshop shows writers how to snag the reader’s attention and build tension from the first (few) sentences. Get tickets. Workshop Description: How to involve the reader from the first sentence—or at least the first few? How to imply tension and trouble without giving the whole narrative away? We’ll think…

Inviting the Subconscious

Saturday January 16, 2021 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Enter the subconscious and activate your creativity with author Julie E. Bloemeke. Get Tickets.

About this Event

Workshop Description: Compelled by the connection between the subconscious and the poem draft? Looking to tap into image and dream as a means of generating new material? Curious by what a past self might reveal to the present you if given the space? Join us for a generative workshop where we will cultivate an environment for the subconscious to reveal unanticipated avenues of verse composition. After reading a brief selection of poems by contemporary LGBTQ+ poets who subvert our ideas of what a poem can be or do, we will explore our own practice. Through guided meditation and free writing, as well as a few unexpected prompts, we will write, contemplate, and share.

Cost: donate what you can afford.

***Please be sure that you are in a comfortable environment with minimal distraction. As we will rely on the analog for this workshop, a notebook and pen will be necessary.

***This workshop is a co-production of Reading Queer and the Wild & Precious Life Series. All workshops are designed as safe creative spaces for the LGBTQ writers and allies. We welcome all writers at all levels from around the world.


About Julie E. Bloemeke: Bloemeke’s first full-length collection of poetry, Slide to Unlock, debuted with Sibling Rivalry Press in March 2020. Chosen by Stephen Dunn as finalist for the 2016 May Swenson Poetry Award through University Press of Colorado and Utah State University Press, Slide to Unlock has also been a semifinalist in numerous book prizes including the Crab Orchard Review First Book Award and the Crab Orchard Review Poetry Open Competition with Southern Illinois University Press; the Washington Prize through Word Works; and the Hudson Prize through Black Lawrence Press. A fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Bloemeke earned her MA in American Literature from the University of South Carolina–where she was a Ramsaur Fellow–and her MFA in poetry from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her poetry has appeared in numerous literary magazines including Prairie Schooner, Gulf Coast, Cortland Review, Pine Hills Review, Crab Orchard Review, Muse/A Journal, Chautauqua Literary Journal, Poet Lore, and others. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in a number of anthologies including: Mother Mary Comes to Me, A Constellation of Kisses, Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse, The Great Gatsby Anthology, The Sense of the Midlands, The Nancy Drew Anthology, The Southern Poetry Anthology Volume V: Georgia and the My Cruel Invention Anthology, among others.

She was the first place prize recipient in poetry competitions for both the Atlanta Writer’s Club and the Emory Poetry Council at Emory University and has been a finalist for the Arts & Letters Poetry Prize. She was also a finalist for the Saluda River Poetry Prize for the State of South Carolina. Her poem, “Electric Mail” was a finalist in the William Faulkner Wisdom Competition; she was also a winner in the Artists Embassy International Dancing Poetry contest where she read her poem, “Pinned,” as part of the annual performance in San Francisco.

Her ekphrastic work on Philip C. Curtis was selected for a limited edition chapbook anthology collaboration between the Phoenix Museum of Art and Four Chambers Press; she also won the 2015 ekphrastic poetry competition at the Toledo Museum of Art where her work was on view with the Claude Monet collection. Her poetry and photography series on abandoned buildings in the Atlanta suburbs was featured in Deep South Magazine.

In addition to serving as a literary docent with the Toledo Museum of Art, she was the inaugural Poetry Director for the Milton Literary Festival in Georgia in 2016. She was also the 2020 judge for the Robert V. Morea III Poetry Prize through Georgia State University and will serve as the 2021 judge for the Bryon Herbert Reece International Poetry Award.

A freelance writer, editor, and guest lecturer, her interviews have recently appeared in The AWP Writer’s Chronicle and Poetry International. She has also been a guest blogger at Best American Poetry where she wrote about technology poetry and her studies with James Dickey.

She is a proud native of Toledo, Ohio.




Inviting the Subconscious: Generative Workshop Led by Julie E. Bloemeke

Inviting the Subconscious: Generative Workshop Led by Julie E. Bloemeke

Enter the subconscious and activate your creativity with author Julie E. Bloemeke. Get Tickets. About this Event Workshop Description: Compelled by the connection between the subconscious and the poem draft? Looking to tap into image and dream as a means of generating new material? Curious by what a past self might…

Crisis, Creation & Covid: Re-Writing Queer Futures

Crisis, Creation & Covid: Re-Writing Queer Futures

Saturday November 14, 2020 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Description: Join Reading Queer & Lutze Segu for a Zoom-based creative writing workshop that re-imagines queer futures through the lens of crisis, social justice, and resilience. This generative writing workshop is open to the community and allies, as well as writers, thinkers and scholars.

About Lutze Segu: I am a first-generation Haitian-American who was born and raised in Miami, FL which is the ancestral and traditional lands of the Seminole, Miccosukee, and Tequesta nations. My parents are fugees who fled the island of Haiti in the 80s looking for a life that had more dignity and opportunity. I am the proud product of the Miami-Dade County Public School System and graduate of Florida Memorial University the only HBCU (Historically Black College/University) in Miami. My different roles as an activist, social worker, organizer, and racial justice facilitator have all collided in a beautiful role I am now describing as a social justice doula. I am currently a doctoral student in the Social Justice Institute at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada where I study Gender, Race Sexuality, and Social Justice.

I have been theorizing on the internet for the past 10 years as a public intellectual and cultural critic on issues concerning race and feminism @FeministGriote on Twitter. Griot is a West African term for a storyteller. I create space for people to tell their stories and hear the stories of others so that they can be transformed. Social justice is my civic spiritual practice.


All Reading Queer events & workshops foster a community and culture of inclusion. Our events & workshops are open to the public regardless of one’s ability to pay, sexual orientation, gender, race and/or any other form of identification. However, all of our events are safe spaces for all queer-identified people and are designed to address the writerly needs of marginalized communities who have traditionally been denied a voice. We count on your donations to keep our events & workshops accessible to the public. Please support our mission with a donation upon sign up.


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