Featured Artist: M Téllez
In conjunction with the 2015 Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, Leeway hosted the Third Annual Trans Literary Salon on June 4. Highlighting the work of emerging literary artists from a diversity of genres including poetry, fiction, memoir, and spoken word. Featured Performers: poet Cyrée Johnson (ACG '13), sci-fi writer Maggie Eighteen (ACG '14), poet, Kavindu Ade, performer Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi, and writer/activist, Tyler Vile. Co-curated and Hosted by Annie Mok (LTA '14, ACG '13), and J Mase III (ACG ’07).
A hybrid kid cyborg, Philadelphia native, and former girl-object prototype. Eighteen is frustrated/pissed with academic distinction, white supremacy, and fixed rather than fluid treatment of language and identity. A co-founder of Metropolarity sci-fi collective, they enjoy slang/dialects, brand confusion, bushido Mars death stuff, and nuance. When they are not working professionally in critical media literacy and empowerment areas, they write speculative fiction about bodies/objectification, intimacy/class, neighborhood/community, and the violence in relying on binaries to understand the world.