Queer Memoir’s first event will center around the theme “First Kiss” with readings/performances/sharing by: Renair Amin, VA, Cheryl B, Kelli Dunham, Tara Ellison, Taueret Manu, Genne Murphy and Joel Nichols.
Saturday, January 23, @ 8 pm @ Collect Pond 45 Berry Street (L train to Bedford Avenue). The event is free, but we’ll pass the hat for cash to help support the future of QM. To learn more about Queer Memoir and how you can share your work at upcoming events, check out queermemoir.com.
An award-winning poet and writer, Cheryl B. has performed her humorous, narrative work at venues throughout NYC and abroad. Her poetry and prose has been published in numerous publications such as the literary journal Ping Pong and the anthology Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution (Seal Press, 2007), among many others. Her website is http://www.cherylb.com.
Kelli Dunham is a ex-nun, butch-identified stand-up comic and author of four books of humorous non-fiction, including two children’s books being used by a conservative home schooling association in their science curriculum. She has appeared on Showtime, the Discovery Channel and was once asked to emcee a livestock auction. Her website is kellidunham.com. She is the co-founder, with Genne Murphy, of Queer Memoir.
Tara Shuai is a twenty-something biracial high femme New Yorker by way of DC and Richmond, VA. She’s written and blogged about fat, fashion, race, sex, love, and living fabulously on a dime for the past 8 years, and is a co-moderator of the fatshionista livejournal community, the fatshion and beauty correspondent on FemmeCast: The Queer Fat Femme’s Guide to Life, and contributes to both fatshionista.com and The Pretty Year. Among other things, she’s a wee bit obsessed with scrabble, foodie dilettantism, Joan Holloway-inspired fatshion, cat videos on Youtube, and the intrigue of international travel.
Taueret Manu is a New Yorker to the marrow. She loves the divine, sriracha, pitbulls, friction, hibiscus juice, pink prosecco, sexual currency, poetry, and rioting. She dislikes White Santa/White Jesus/White Male God, the prison industrial complex, and the NYPD. She is also the co-editor of the zine Glutton for Fatshion.
Genne Murphy is a Philadelphia native, playwright, and queer femme. She’s passionate about the intersection of the arts, social change, and community-building. Genne works for a Philadelphia-based arts education non-profit, and is involved with initiatives to expand new play development in her hometown. She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and has had readings or productions of her plays in Philadelphia and New York. Genne likes to hang out with fellow storytellers, dreamers, and schemers. Genne is a co-founder of Queer Memoir.
Joel Nichols was born in Vermont, studied at Wesleyan University and has an M.A. in Creative Writing from Temple University. His fiction has been published on Velvet Mafia, in Best Gay Love Stories, Ultimate Gay Erotica and in many other anthologies. He works as a Children’s Librarian and lives in Philadelphia.