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Saturday February 15, 2020 12:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Join Reading Queer, Clayre Benzadón & Caitlin Andrews for “Breaking Binaries”, a writing workshop that celebrates queer possibilities. 

Breaking Binaries explores the concept of queerness as its own form of writing though a surrealist lens. Through a number of prompts and readings, we will lead participants through the numerous ways in which queering form, the hybridization of form, and cross-genre overlaps can bring about the visibility of queer bodies, thought, and existence in the world. We will focus on concepts of space, time, and accessibility: literally and metaphorically, on the page and beyond. Through this disruption of form, together, we will craft a community space that challenges norms and resists definition.

Date: February 15th, 2020 from 12:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Mentors: Clayre Benzadón & Caitlin Andrews
Location: University of Miami | Richter Library, University of Miami, Flex Space B @ 1300 Memorial Drive | Coral Gables, FL 33145. Map it here. 

All Reading Queer creative writing workshops are open to writers at all levels and free. We welcome the LGBTQ community + allies. 

Clayre Benzadón is currently a second-year MFA student at the University of Miami and Broadsided Press’s Instagram editor. Her chapbook, “Liminal Zenith”, is forthcoming from SurVision Books in the summer of 2020. She was recently awarded the 2019 Alfred Boas Poetry Prize for her poem “Linguistic Rewilding” and has also been previously published by The Acentos Review, Hobart, QA Poetry, SERIAL Magazine, HerStry, Poetry Breakfast, and other places. 

Caitlin Andrews (she/her/hers) is from Baltimore, Maryland. She was listed as a finalist for the 2019 Marianne Russo Award for a Novel-in-Progress and has secured fellowships from the Chesapeake Writers’ Conference. Her work is forthcoming in The New Limestone Review and has appeared in Q&A Poetry. She is fully-funded at the University of Miami, where she is obtaining an MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Fiction. Caitlin is also an illustrator, hiker, and an Irish-history enthusiast.

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Posted by Neil de la Flor on 02/05/2020

Saturday May 23, 2020 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Queer Your Subversion! Transform Your Writing Practice with the Help of Queer Models

Description: Queer writing is resistance writing & by necessity experimental in style. Queer identity is the future of gender: non-binary, non-normative, & non assimilative. The patriarchy has no space for us—no language, no morality, no gods, no pedagogy— therefore we are creating our own by subverting the symbols & referents of patriarchy to create, affirm, and protect our own values. 

Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM AMiami Beach Public Library 227 22nd St | Miami Beach, FL 33139 View Map

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Queer Masculinities will be introduced by focusing on Ginsberg’s Howl & Burroughs’ Naked Lunch fragments. Howl shows writing as politics. Ginsberg was the Walt Whitman of the Cold War era. This anti-formalist beat and jazz anti-war political poem was written at a time when sodomy was a crime. Naked Lunch answers to the political rally cry by subverting the cut-up decoupage method for queer practice. Both Ginsberg & Burroughs were my creative writing teachers at Naropa, though Burroughs briefly since he was a visiting professor. I understood how their queer identity affected their avant-garde writing practice as well as their politics. Today, LGBT folx forget that queer politics, i.e. non homo-normative, anti-assimiliation attitudes, are central to a queer identity that resists a ‘passing for.’ We will sample and experience these texts together and generate your own writing using mother lines from these texts. 

Eve Eurydice

Facilitator: Eve Eurydice

Hailing from Lesbos, Greece, Eurydice is a multimedia artist, podcaster, journalist, educator, single Mom, & the author of 3 books & numerous stories & articles. She is currently at work on a memoir titled The Lesbian that tells the story of Lesbian women–a genealogy that spans from Sappho to her great grandmother to her grandmother to her mother to her–& of our Lesbian language; on a nonfiction book titled Speak Sex to Power; & on a novel retelling the story of Eurydice in her own words.

Eurydice received a BA from Bard College, where she studied with Roy Lichtenstein & Robert Kelly; an MA in creative writing from the University of Colorado in Boulder, where she studied with Ron Sukenick & also studied at Naropa Institute with Allen Ginsberg & William Burroughs; an MA in Comparative Literature & an MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University, where she studied with Robert Coover & she later taught as an assistant professor. 

She published books with Scribner (Satyricon USA: A Journey Across the New Sexual Frontier. New York, London, Sydney, Singapore, 2000), Virago Press (f/32: The Second Coming. London, New York: 1993), Richard Kasak (f/32 Revisited), the Fiction Collective (f/32). Her writing has been widely translated, taught, reviewed.


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Posted by Neil de la Flor on 03/15/2020