The New Queer South: Reading and Discussion
Join six writers, with ties to the south, read from their latest work and engage in a discussion about the intersections of queer and southern aesthetics in literature. Special emphasis will be on how New South identities negotiate various queer ones. Come by for a terrific reading and discussion 7 p.m. Friday August 11 at the Hub City Bookshop.
Marlanda Dekine is Sapient Soul, an award-winning poet and social worker from South Carolina. Author of i am from a punch & a kiss, her poetry can also be found in Flycatcher Journal, Wake Magazine, Spark & Echo Arts, Minerva Rising’s Sparrow’s Trill, and The New Social Worker. A TEDx speaker and community organizer, she has a strong history of supporting the arts, artists, and creating diverse platforms for artistic expression and social transformation. www.sapientsoul.com
Miah Jeffra's book of essays, The First Church of What's Happening, is forthcoming from Nomadic Press, Fall 2017. Miah has been awarded the New Millennium Prize for fiction, the Sidney Lanier Prize for fiction, the Clark-Gross Award for their novel manuscript, and a Lambda Literary Fellowship for nonfiction.They are a 2017 Hub City Writers Project Writer-in-Residence. Miah is editor of queer literary collaborative, Foglifter Press.
Collin Kelley is the author of the American Library Association-honored poetry collection Render (Sibling Rivalry Press) and Better To Travel (Poetry Atlanta Press). Sibling Rivalry Press is also the publisher of his acclaimed Venus Trilogy of novels Conquering Venus, Remain In Light and Leaving Paris. A recipient of the Georgia Author of the Year Award, Deep South Festival of Writers Award and Goodreads Poetry Award, Kelley’s poetry, reviews, essays and interviews have appeared in magazines, journals and anthologies around the world. www.collinkelley.com
Maya Marshall is Assistant Director of the University of South Carolina Writing Center. Marshall, a writer, editor, and poet, holds fellowships from Cave Canem and Callaloo. Currently, she serves as a managing editor for PANK.
Kate Arden McMullen received her MFA in fiction from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. A North Carolina native, she grew up in Greensboro and Cullowhee. Her work has appeared in Lady Parts Zine and Paper Darts, and is forthcoming from The Boiler and Foglifter. Her short story chapbook "The Girls of Indigo Flats and Other Stories" was the 2015 recipient of the Colbert Chapbook Award. She lives in Spartanburg, SC and is the assistant director of Hub City Press.
Joy Priest is a writer from Louisville, Kentucky and the recipient of the 2016 Hurston/Wright Foundation’s College Writers’ Award. She has received grants and scholarships from the Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Kentucky Arts Council. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of South Carolina where she teaches and serves as Senior Editor for Yemassee Journal. Her poetry and prose has appeared or is upcoming in Blackbird, Callaloo, Drunken Boat, ESPN,Third Coast, and the anthologies Best New Poets 2014 and 2016, Black Bone: 25 Years of the Affrilachian Poets, and The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop.