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Event: Dorothy Allison


The Dangerous Life: Being Mythic in America
Friday, March 29
Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College

Hear Dorothy Allison speak in an event hosted by Gender & Sexuality Studies in collaboration with the Swarthmore College Queer and Trans Conference. Dorothy Allison is an award-winning author and longtime feminist and queer activist. She has won two Lambda Literary Awards, the American Library Association Prize for Lesbian and Gay Writing, and the Ferro Grumley prize. Her newest novel, She Who, is forthcoming from Penguin Putnam. The talk will be followed by a reception.


Event: THE COLLECTION: short fiction from the transgender vanguard

THE COLLECTION: short fiction from the transgender vanguard

When: Thursday, February 21, 2013 – 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: Kelly Writer’s House, 3805 Locust Walk

THE COLLECTION is the first compilation of literary fiction featuring transgender protagonists.  While transgender authors have long participated in thriving arts communities, never before has a single volume sought to gather literary fiction along this theme.  “The writers chosen for THE COLLECTION represent some of the best trans work that is being done in North America within this genre,” said co-editor Tom Léger, “and putting them all together in one place is an unprecedented step forward as a unified movement.”  Among the authors are Carter Sickels (“The Evening Hour” Bloomsbury USA 2012), Ryka Aoki (“Seasonal Velocities” Trans-Genre Press 2012), Everett Maroon (“Bumbling Into Body Hair” Booktrope 2012), Susan Jane Bigelow (“Broken” Candlemark & Gleam 2011), Casey Plett (McSweeney’s), and Katherine Scott Nelson (“Have You Seen Me” CCLAP 2011, Lambda Literary Finalist).  After an international search lasting 16 months, a total of 28 authors from the US and Canada were chosen to contribute fiction to THE COLLECTION.  Their work represents not only an array of gender identities, but also narrative styles.

Topside Press, founded in 2011, is a new independent press with the intent of publishing authentic transgender narratives.  Visit www.topsidepress.com.

Event: Round Up Holler Girl

Round Up Holler Girl

When: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 – 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Where: Kelly Writers House, Arts Café, University of Pennsylvania

Readings by 3 Queer Performance Artists from NYC

Dan Fishback, Erin Markey, Max Steele

Denizens of the downtown art and queer performance scenes, Dan Fishback, Erin Markey and Max Steele all know each other, and are all feminists, and are all performance artists who like to write.

2012-13 Penn ArtsEdge Resident Dan Fishback has been writing and performing in New York City since 2003. Major works include The Material World (2012), thirtynothing (2011) and You Will Experience Silence (2009), all directed by Stephen Brackett at Dixon Place. Fishback has received grants from the Franklin Furnace Fund (2010) and the Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists (2007-2009). He is a resident artist at the University of Pennsylvania (2012-2013) and at the Hemispheric Institute for Performance & Politics at NYU (2012), and has enjoyed previous residencies at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange (2010-2012), Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. Also a performing songwriter, Fishback began his music career in the East Village’s anti-folk scene. His band, Cheese On Bread, has toured Europe and North America in support of their two full-length albums, “Maybe Maybe Maybe Baby” (2004) and “The Search for Colonel Mustard” (2007), the latter of which was re-issued in Japan in 2010 on Moor Works Records. As a solo artist, Fishback has released several recordings, including “Sweet Chastity” (2005, produced by César Alvarez of The Lisps), and his latest, “The Mammal Years” (2012, produced by Casey Holford). He was a member of the movement troupe Underthrust, which collaborated with songwriter Kimya Dawson on several performances and videos. Fishback frequently teaches workshops on performance composition and queer performance culture. He blogs at thematerialworld.tumblr.com; his regular website is danfishback.com.

Max Steele is a performer and writer. He has presented work at the New Museum, Rapture Cafe, Deitch Projects, Envoy Enterprises, and the Queens Museum of Art. He writes the psychedelic porno poetry zine Scorcher, and is an Artist in Residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange.

Erin Markey creates conceptual musical performances for stage and video. She is the recipient of NYFA’s 2012 Cutting Edge Artist Fund Grant, and has presented work at venues around the world, including Joe’s Pub (The Public Theater), P.S. 122, San Francisco Film Society and The New Museum. She has toured the United States with the Sister Spit Tour and The Sex Workers’ Art Show. Markey is a company member of Half Straddle, has performed in Young Jean Lee’s Theatre Company and starred in the NYC premiere of Tennessee Williams’ Green Eyes (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress).