upcoming grant deadline: 05/15/2018

upcoming grant deadline: 05/15/2018

Philly Book Launch for Queer & Trans Artists of Color, Volume 2

Thursday, April 20, 2017 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
[ Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc., 2578 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia ]

A night of performances by queer and trans artists of color, hosted by Bay Area-based co-editors of Queer & Trans Artists of Color, Volume 2, Nia King and Elena Rose!

Featured artists:

Joyce Hatton is an illustrator and writer. She writes about mental illness, isolation, and struggling through the muck. Her illustrations fill in the places where words fail her. She resides in Philadelphia.

Princess Harmony is a 25 year old trans femme of color. A writer since 2012, she's written work on violence against trans women, addiction, sex work, and other trans issues. Her passion lies in uplifting her communities. But she also loves anime, food, and baking. She's kind of a fat nerd at heart.

Alex Smith lives in the seams in the cloth of existence where he desperately stitches together universes with one hand and with the other, armed with an espresso tamp, makes valiant attempts to keep his lights on. A member of the sci-fi artist/activist collective Metropolarity, the founder of the queer sci-fi reading series Laser Life, and curator of the retro-futurist electro mash-up art-jam Chrome City, Alex's stories and writings embolden the weird, strange, and revolutionary dichotomy of being Black and queer in a world that marginalizes both. Selected by Rosarium Publishing for Stories for Chip an anthology dedicated to the writing of Samuel Delany, and for Black Quantum Futurism's Space-Time Collapse: From the Congo to the Carolinas, it's Smith’s flash fiction collection Gang Stalk Oprah, self-published sci-fi zine A R K D U S T and super-hero space opera comic book BELIEVERS that will kidnap you, convert you, shoot you in the leg and then set you free.

About your hosts:

Elena Rose, a Filipina-Ashkenazi trans lesbian mestiza, rode stories out of rural Oregon and hasn't stopped telling since. As an ordained minister, writer, and organizer, she has been published in magazines including Aorta and Make/shift, co-founded the Speak! Radical Women of Color Media Collective, co-curated the acclaimed National Queer Arts Festival show Girl Talk: A Trans and Cis Women's Dialogue, works as a nationally-recognized interfaith educator on justice issues, and serves on the boards of the Solar Cross Temple and the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples.

Nia King is a queer Black, Lebanese, Hungarian, and Jewish artist and activist from Canton, Massachusetts (Ponkapoag land) living in Oakland, California (Ohlone land). She is the author of Queer & Trans Artists of Color, Volumes 1 & 2 and the host and producer of We Want the Airwaves podcast. Her writing and comics have been published in Colorlines, East Bay Express and Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory. You can find more of her work at artactivistnia.com.

This event is free and sponsored in part by Leeway Foundation.

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