Intermedia Arts presents
May 24, 2016 | 7:30PM
This event will be ASL interpreted
Queer Voices is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year – now the longest-running series of its kind in the country. The next reading of the 10th Anniversary Season, scheduled for May 24 at 7:30PM, features Ben French, Julie Gard, Raymond Luczak, Nasreen Mohamed, and Bradford Tice.This event will be ASL interpreted.
Featuring both emerging and established LGBT writers, Queer Voices offers writers and audience members an opportunity to share insights on content, style, and the cultivation of unique queer voices in the literary landscape. Since 2005, Queer Voices has featured more than 300 readers and spawned a deep community gathering space for LGBT writers. Queer Voices is curated by John Medeiros and Andrea Jenkins.
This month’s readers include: Ben French, Julie Gard, Raymond Luczak, Nasreen Mohamed,and Bradford Tice
Readers’ Full Bios Below
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
7:30PM at Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis
$5-25 Suggested Donation at the Door
Digital photos, audio, video, interview and photo opportunities are available upon request.
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS This month’s readers include:
Ben French is an interdisciplinary writer and artist based in Minneapolis. Originally from Georgia, his work often addresses the intersection of queer and Southern identities through a variety of media. Ben’s theatrical work has been developed by and performed at Horizon Theatre (Atlanta), Kenan Theatre Company, Lab! Theatre, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, among others. He was the recipient of the Sam Selden Award for Playwriting, the inaugural Bill Hallberg Award, and the inaugural Young Playwright Award from the Dramatists Guild of America. Ben also makes and performs work with the neofuturist group Modern Shakespeare Society and The Sprawl, a multi-city performance making collective that he co-founded in 2015. You can follow his writing explorations atmedium.com/@frenchb
Julie Gard‘s prose poetry collection Home Studies (New Rivers Press) is a finalist for the 2016 Minnesota Book Award, and her chapbooks include Obscura: The Daguerreotype Series (Finishing Line Press) and Russia in 17 Objects (Tiger’s Eye Press). Julie’s work has appeared in journals and anthologies including Gertrude, Fourth River, Crab Orchard Review, Blackbox Manifold, and When We Become Weavers: Queer Female Poets on the Midwestern Experience (Squares & Rebels Press). She lives with her partner, the poet Michelle Matthees, in Duluth, Minnesota and is Associate Professor of Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. www.juliegard.com
Raymond Luczak is the author and editor of 18 books. His latest titles areThe Kiss of Walt Whitman Still On My Lips and QDA: A Queer Disability Anthology. His Deaf gay novel Men With Their Hands won first place in the Project: QueerLit Contest 2006. He has just workshopped his 20th play I Never Slept With Helen Keller in New York City. He is also the editor of Jonathan: A Queer Fiction Journal. He lives in Minneapolis and can be found online at raymondluczak.com.
Nasreen Mohamed is a queer muslim born and raised in Tanzania who reluctantly calls twin cities home. Nasreen is returning to writing after a long hiatus of concentrating on parenting. Through the years, Nasreen has performed their work at various local venues, including Walker Art Center, Intermedia Arts, Center for Independent Artists and Patrick’s cabaret. Most recently, wrote an essay for the University of Minnesota, campus climate website titled “Islamophobia or disposable muslim body syndrome?”.
Bradford Tice is the author of two books of poetry: Rare Earth (New Rivers Press, 2013), which was named the winner of the 2011 Many Voices Project and a 2014 Debut-litzer finalist, andWhat the Night Numbered(Trio House Press, 2015), winner of the 2014 Trio Award. His poetry and fiction have appeared in such periodicals as The Atlantic Monthly, North American Review, The American Scholar, Epoch, as well as in Best American Short Stories 2008. His poetry was also selected as the winner of Prairie Schooner’s 2009 Edward Stanley Award. He currently teaches at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln.
ABOUT THE CURATORS
JOHN MEDEIROS is a writer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His first book of poetry, couplets for a shrinking world, was published by North Star Press in June 2012. His work has appeared in several books and journals, including Among the Leaves: Queer Male Poets on the Midwestern Experience; Collective Brightness: LGBTIQ Poets on Faith, Religion, and Spirituality; Sport Literate, Water~Stone Review; Gulf Coast; Talking Stick; Willow Springs; other words: a writer’s reader; Gents, Badboys and Barbarians; Evergreen Chronicles; qartsilluni, Swell and Christopher Street. He is the recipient of two Minnesota State Arts Board grants; a Jerome Foundation Grant for Emerging Writers; Gulf Coast’s First Place Nonfiction Award; and the AWP Intro Journals Project Award. He received an MFA from Hamline University, in St. Paul, Minnesota, and his work has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes, a Minnesota Book Award, and as a Notable Essay in Best American Essays of 2006. More information about him can be found at his website,www.jmedeiros.net
ANDREA JENKINS is an artist-activist and award-winning poet and writer. Andrea has been awarded fellowships from the Bush Foundation, Intermedia Arts, and the Playwrights Center and has won writing and performance grants and scholarships from the Givens Foundation, Intermedia Arts, The Loft, the Napa Valley Writers Conference, and Pillsbury House Theater. Andrea is the co-curator of Queer Voices at Intermedia Arts, the longest-running series of its kind in the nation and currently works collecting oral histories from hundreds of people in the Upper Midwest transgender community as an Oral Historian in the Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies.
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