#we - a new talk and reading series of queer perspectives
The Octopus Literary Salon presents a new quarterly talk and reading series of queer perspectives, hosted by Richard Loranger. Each installment will feature two writers from various segments of the queer spectrum, who will each give a prepared talk on their perspective on or experience of queerness, followed by a reading of their creative work. For our debut event, trans activist and author Julia Serano will give a talk entitled "Queer Posers (or perhaps they aren't actually posers?)" and will read from a novel-in-progress, and host Richard Loranger will introduce the series and speak on "Marginalizing Marginalization," followed by a selection of poetry. A Q&A and chat time will follow. Absolutely all are welcome to this sharing of perspectives. ASL translation for the deaf will be provided, and the venue is wheelchair accessible. #we a new talk and reading series of queer perspectives featuring Julia Serano and Richard Loranger Hosted by Richard Loranger free of charge, and a hat will be passed PERFORMER BIOS Julia Serano is an Oakland-based writer, performer, biologist, and activist. She is the author of three books, Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity (now in second edition), Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive, and Outspoken: A Decade of Transgender Activism and Trans Feminism. Julia’s other writings have appeared in over a dozen anthologies, and in news and media outlets such as TIME, The Guardian, Salon, The Daily Beast, Alternet.org, Ms., Out, and The Advocate. Her writings have been used as teaching materials in college courses across North America. You can read some of her work, as well as more about her, at www.juliaserano.com. Richard Loranger is a queer writer, performer, musician, visual artist, and all-around squeaky wheel, currently residing in Oakland, CA. He is the founder of Poetea, a monthly literary conversation group. His recent book of flash prose, Sudden Windows (Zeitgeist Press, 2016), has been warmly received. He is also the author of the Poems for Teeth, The Orange Book, and nine chapbooks, and has work in over 100 magazines and journals. He co-curates the series Babar in Exile with poet Paul Corman-Roberts, and is debuting a new queer talk and reading series, #we, in November, 2018. You can find more about his work and scandals at www.richardloranger.com.