Queer Voices in Fiction and Poetry: Oliver Bendorf, Brandy Wilson and Meg Day

Event date: 
Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 2:00pm
Oliver Bendorf
“It’s a joy to come nearer to a realm of experience little explored in American poetry, the lives of those who are engaged in the complex project of transforming their own gender... Oliver Bendorf writes from a paradoxical, new-world position: the adult voice of a man who has just appeared in the world. A man emergent, a man in love, alive in the fluid instability of any category.” -Mark Doty

Oliver Bendorf is the author of The Spectral Wilderness, selected by Mark Doty for the 2013 Wick Poetry Prize. His poems have been anthologized in Best New Poets, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, and elsewhere, and he has received fellowships from the Lambda Literary Foundation and Vermont Studio Center, and the 2013 Doug Fir Fiction Award, selected by Lidia Yuknavitch. Oliver earned an MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is now an MA candidate in Library & Information Studies.

Brandy Wilson

Set in the 1920s, The Palace Blues traces the physical and emotional journey of self-discovery and identity-a quest for place for Frankie, a white, Texas tomboy who falls for Jean Bailey, an African American, cross-dressing blues singer.

Brandy T. Wilson, author of The Palace Blues: A Novel earned her PhD at Florida State University. Her work has appeared in Robert Olen Butler’s From Where You DreamNinth LetterG.R.I.T.S. Girls Raised in theSouth, and Pank Magazine among other publications. She was a 2010 Lambda Literary Retreat Emerging LGBT Voices Fellow in fiction and was awarded three Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference scholarships, the George M. Harper Endowment Fund Award, and the Astraea Emerging Lesbian Writers Fund Finalist Award. She currently teaches writing, literature, and Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Memphis along with coaching and editing writers on various projects from memoir, novel, to self-help and educational literature.

Meg Day
"Meg Day writes: “At five, I pressed my lips to the grate of my grandmother’s/ Crosley, let broadcasts buzz into the pipe of my jawbone/ & learned to listen with my tongue.” And this deep listening is, indeed, what she accomplishes throughout these poems. Meg Day grapples with serious themes-illness, violence, suicide, grief- with admirable skill and approaches issues of sexual orientation, identity, and gender with a true poet’s passion, as in her tour de force, “Batter My Heart, Transgender’d God”: “Terror, do not depart/ but nest in the hollows of my loins... My knees, bring me to them; force my head to bow again. Replay the murders of my kin until my mind’s made new”... This is muscular language, worthy of its inspiration. "
--Ellen Bass

Meg Day, recently selected for Best New Poets of 2013, is a 2013 recipient of an NEA
Fellowship in Poetry and the author of Last Psalm at Sea Level, When All You Have Is a Hammer and We Can’t Read This. A 2012 AWP Intro Journals Award Winner and 2014-2015 Steffensen-Cannon Fellow, she has also received awards and fellowships from the Lambda Literary Foundation, Hedgebrook, Squaw Valley Writers, the Taft-Nicholson Center for Environmental Humanities, Point Foundation, and the International Queer Arts Festival. Meg is currently a PhD fellow in Poetry & Disability Poetics at the University of Utah.

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