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Literary Conference – LGBTQ+ Literature / Queer Mental Health

April 28 @ EST 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Free – $20.00

Join three writers as they shine a light on LGBTQ + literature and discuss the indispensable work this writing does in terms of visibility, creating safe spaces, and centering and honoring queer experiences. 

Kay Ulanday Barrett is a poet, essayist, and cultural strategist. They received the 2022 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Cy Twombly Award for Poetry, a 2022 Next Book Residency with Tin House, a James Baldwin Fellowship at MacDowell, and most recently in 2023, residencies at Baldwin for the Arts and Millay Arts. Their second book, More Than Organs (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2020), received a 2021 Stonewall Honor Book Award by the American Library Association and is a 2021 Lambda Literary Award Finalist. “What a gift to drink deep these queer, brown, fiercely resisting poems and to crack open your palette,” says author Rajiv Mohabir. Barrett has been featured at The United Nations, The Lincoln Center, The Hemispheric Institute, The Whitney, The MoMA, Symphony Space, The Ford Foundation, Brooklyn Museum, Princeton, Columbia, Yale, Manchester PRIDE, Sesame Street, and elsewhere.

Sarah Cypher is the author of The Skin and Its Girl (Ballantine, 2024). Called “imaginative, bold, and vividly drawn” by author Nadia Owusu, the book is an ALA Stonewall Honor Book and winner of the 2024 Barbara Gittings Literature Award. She has been a resident at the Headlands Center for the Arts and Vermont Studio Center. Her writing has been published widely.

Tembe Denton-Hurst’s debut novel Homebodies (HarperCollins, 2023) was listed as a Best Book of 2023 by Marie Claire, Esquire, Vogue, them, Autostraddle, Betches, Gay Times, and Cosmopolitan. Called “emotionally and politically resonant, [a book] not to be missed” by Publisher’s Weekly, Homebodies has topped many other lists, including Elle’s Best and Most Anticipated Books of 2023, and Library Journal’s What to Read in 2023. Denton-Hurt works as a staff writer at New York Magazine’s The Strategist, where she covers beauty, lifestyle, and books.

Isle McElroy debut novel The Atmospherians (Simon & Schuster, 2021) was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Their second novel, People Collide (HarperCollins, 2023), was a New York Times Critics’ Pick and has been called “one of the year’s most compelling reads” by Washington Post’s Charlie Jane Anders. They were named one of The Strand’s 30 Writers to Watch, and have received fellowships from The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, The Tin House Summer Workshop, The Sewanee Writers Conference, The Inprint Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, and The National Parks Service.

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Books by Kay Ulanday Barrett

When the Chant Comes
More Than Organs

Books by Sarah Cypher

The Skin and its Girl

Books by Tembe Denton-Hurst

Homebodies

Books by Isle McElroy

The Atmospherians
People Collide

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Date:
April 28
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1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
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Free – $20.00
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Writers & Books
740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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(585) 473-2590

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