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FLUX: Gender Identity Via Speculative Lit

September 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm



FLUX: Gender Identity Via Speculative Lit

Gender identity is continually in flux, both culturally and–for many of us–personally. Speculative literature is nearly as broad and amorphous as our understanding of gender identity itself. It draws from the tropes of horror, sci-fi and fantasy–yet by refusing adherence to any single genre encompasses experience as far-reaching or precise as each writer chooses. Featured readers will delve into these complexities and afterwards join the audience in converrsation. Questions will be raised. Some may be answered, others will likely linger.


DEIRDRE COYLE is a goth living in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in Electric Literature, Lit Hub, Hobart, Joyland, and elsewhere. Find her at @DeirdreKoala.

KIM COLEMAN FOOTE is a writer of fiction, essays, and experimental prose. Her writing honors include fellowships from the NEA, NYFA, and Vermont Studio Center. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Missouri Review, Black Renaissance Noire, Crab Orchard Review, and elsewhere. She is ear-deep into a novel about the slave trade and a fiction collection based on her family’s experience of the Great Migration in Alabama and New Jersey.

CARMEN MARIA MACHADO is the author of the story collection Her Body and Other Parties and the memoir House in Indiana (forthcoming in 2019), both from Graywolf Press. She is a fiction writer, critic, and essayist whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, Guernica, NPR, Gulf Coast, Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, Best Horror of the Year, Year’s Best Weird Fiction, Best Women’s Erotica, and elsewhere. She is the Artist in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania, and lives in Philadelphia with her wife.

JOANNA C. VALENTE is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014), The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015), Marys of the Sea (The Operating System, 2017), Xenos (Agape Editions, 2016) and the editor of A Shadow Map: An Anthology by Survivors of Sexual Assault (CCM, 2017). Joanna received a MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College, and is also the founder of Yes, Poetry, a managing editor for Luna Luna Magazine and CCM, as well as an instructor at Brooklyn Poets. Some of their writing has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Brooklyn Magazine, Prelude, Apogee, Spork, The Feminist Wire, BUST, and elsewhere.

COOPER WILHELM is the author of Klaatu Verata Nikto (Ghost City Press 2016), a microchapbook about necromancy and breakups; of DUMBHEART/STUPIDFACE (Siren Songs 2017); and of an as of yet untitled chapbook about pigs from Business Bear Press. He hosts Into the Dark, a radio show about witchcraft on Radio Free Brooklyn. He also sends poems on postcards to randomly selected strangers at PoetryAndStrangers.com. He tweets @CooperWilhelm.

Join us afterwards for drink specials and more conversation at Sweet Polly (71 Sixth Ave) right around the corner from Hungry Ghost.


September 13
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Stephen Langlois


Hungry Ghost
253 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States