A couple of weeks ago, I solicited advice from up-coming panelists for first-time AWP goers.  Belinda Kremer, presenting on a panel titled, “The Body Electric in the Ether: Creative Writing Pedagogy Goes Online” offered up this sage advice:

Go to readings!–formal, as well as panels/presentations that are essentially readings. We are writers, after all … and there is so much inspiring, startling, unusual and good work among us.

In honor of this sentiment, here are 5 “panels” where you can explore the “inspiring, startling, unusual, and good” being created by our fellow LGBTQ writers:

Queer Journeys: A Celebration of the University of Wisconsin Press’s 80th Anniversary

The University of Wisconsin Press has long been dedicated to publishing the strongest works of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction by and about LGBTQ writers. It has also shown an ongoing engagement with issues of travel. Join five UW Press authors as they read from their work in celebration of UW Press’s 80th anniversary, spotlighting its commitment to ethically engaged literature that explores how LGBTQ people move through our ever-changing world. Panelists: Raphael Kadushin, Alden Jones, Brian Bouldrey, Lucy Bledsoe, Guillermo Reyes

Details: Thursday, 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm, Marquis Salon 7 & 8, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two

Kaylie Jones Books: A Reading.

Kaylie Jones Books, an imprint of Akashic Books, was established in 2013 by writer Kaylie Jones, with the goal of publishing good books that take on subjects often overlooked by mainstream publishers. Since its inception, KJB has published nine books of fiction and nonfiction to critical acclaim, including Best Summer Read and an ALA award. Come hear four KJB authors read from recent work and talk with the publisher.  Panelists: Kaylie Jones, Patricia Smith, J Patrick Redmond, Barb Taylor, Laurie Lowenstein

Details:  Thursday, 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm, Room 207A, Washington Convention Center, Level Two.  Save this to your facebook events pages here!

The House of RedBone: A 20th Anniversary Reading

Founded in 1997, Washington, DC–based RedBone Press publishes award-winning black gay and lesbian literature. RedBone authors are poets, playwrights, essayists, and fiction writers, all of them with some form of performance experience. Come celebrate twenty years of independent publishing with a sampling of literary work from four RedBone Press authors.  Panelists: Lisa C. Moore, Samiya Bashir, Sharon Bridgforth, Ana-Maurine Lara, G. Winston James

Details: Friday, 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm, Liberty Salon L, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four

51oiuodzdpl-_sx332_bo1204203200_A Reading and Conversation with Alexander Chee and Valeria Luiselli, Sponsored by Coffee House Press and Kundiman

Two award-winning writers will read from their work and join in conversation with National Book Foundation Executive Director Lisa Lucas. Chee is the Whiting Award winning author of Queen of the Night and a contributing editor at the New Republic. Luiselli is a 5 Under 35 honoree and the author of The Los Angeles Times Fiction Prize–winning The Story of My Teeth.  “Panelists”: Lisa Lucas, Valeria Luiselli, Alexander Chee

Details: Friday, 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm, Ballroom C, Washington Convention Center, Level Three

Trans & Gender Nonconforming Author Reading

Award-winning transgender and gender nonconforming writers and poets bring you their newest and best work in this reading that jettisons tropes around queer and trans people to reveal an exciting and nuanced nascent trans literature. Pushing against convention, form, and your MFA workshop leader’s advice, these authors represent some of the best work across the country in a variety of genres including poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. A salon of transgender, transgenre work!  Panelists: Everett Maroon, Imogen Binnie, Trace Peterson, Kelli Dunham, Carter Sickels

Details: Saturday, 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm, Monument, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four

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