AwesomeCon Panel – Trauma & Neurodiversity Images in Comics

Yes, believe it or not, for once I am actually posting about an event BEFORE I attend/present. This coming weekend is AwesomeCon and I will be on a panel about “Trauma & Neurodiversity Images in Comics.” Although I know the focus is on comics, I hope to at least address the presence and representation of trauma and mental health in the recent spate of television series’ based on comic books; Jessica Jones and Legion come to mind specifically.

Reading at East City Bookshop for OutWrite’s “The Future is Queer”

OutWrite Presents “The Future is Queer”: An evening of queer speculative fiction. Readings from Sarah Pinsker, Craig L. Gidney, Day Al-Mohamed and Sunny Moraine. Moderated by Marianne Kirby.

I love love loved this entire event. The friendly outreach, the reminders, the fact that the bookshop took care to get in copies of our books, a well prepared moderator, awesome co-readers, and an AMAZING audience. This goes down as one of my most favorite author events ever. If OutWrite or East City Books ever asks for my support for anything, in a heartbeat, I’ll be there.

Just a few quick images from the evening. For anyone interested in reading the short piece I contributed to the evening, you can find it published at Fireside Fiction.

But the best and coolest thing of all….I’ve been memed!!!

 

 

Cool Firsts – Writer of the Week (and I learn about a couple of awesome poets – Katie Condon and John Brandon)

Okay, okay, let me take a moment and humble-brag…wait, it’s not a humble-brag, it’s just a brag. Actually, it is a cool “first” and not necessarily one that I would ever have expected but I’m someone’s “Writer of the Week.” That someone is Maudlin House. But more than that it was also an introduction to a press and some writers who I didn’t know and who, frankly, are amazing.

Maudlin House is a Chicago-based literary press which has the pretty cool tagline “times are hard but we can still write weird”. And in addition to their website, they’ve got a pretty active Facebook and Twitter page.

I’m pretty excited to be included with the awesomeness that is Katie Condon, a wicked cool poet whose work focuses on the intersection between family, religion, and sex—particularly the ways conservative religious ideologies obscure and manipulate the ways we understand ourselves as sexual beings. You don’t get much more subversive than that, right? If you get a chance, click over and read her poem, Praying Naked. It is one of those quietly disturbing pieces that is all the more powerful for the truth it imparts, a truth that is real for far too many young women in our society

And John Brandon, who is from just up the way in Baltimore. Almost in contrast, his poetry reflects his Christian beliefs, but is definitely  filled with imagery of the Romanticists, and as he says of himself, he “likes writing a lot of floral imagery into his work and has been known to stack nature-scented metaphors atop each other like skyscrapers.” That is very much in evidence in his piece Of Dog and Flower.

You can find out more about them (and me) at the Writer of the Week post. I’m still kind of squee about that. I made someone’s Writer of the Week! Squeeeee!

And if after all of that you’re interested in reading a bit more, one of my favorite pieces up at Maudlin House is from February, Five Different Ways of Doing Monday Morning. It is a fun story that is really more of an old “Choose Your Own Adventure” book.

Special thanks to Benjamin Lee for inviting me and giving such a lovely write-up. 🙂 You rock.