Queer Memoir: Inlaws and Outlaws

Our April line-up. For last minute details, check out the event on facebook.
Ashley M Young
Barry Katz
Chella Quint
Grace Moon
Katie Liederman
Lenny Zenith

with hosts Kelli Dunham & Genne Murphy

Ashley is a black feminist queer dyke; poet, non-fiction writer and teaching artist. She is the creator of an online writing project for women of color called Brown Girl Love (www.browngirllove.com) and recently completed a chapbook inspired by the project. She is a non-fiction 2011 Lambda Literary Fellow and a 2010 poetry participant of Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation Retreat for Writers of Color. Under the name Indigo, Ashley writes a blog called Indigo’s Theory about her journey through sexuality, Polyamory and womanhood. She also writes a column called “Indigo’s Poly Beginnings” for Fearless Press, an online magazine about relationships and sexuality. Her erotica has been featured in Salacious Magazine and she will be a featured writer in “Perverts of Color” alongside her partner Sara Vibes. She has read her erotica throughout New York City and teaches sex positive workshops in the LBGTQ community. Ashley makes a living as non-profit arts administer and is currently working on her memoir.

After twenty-eight years of marriage, and the raising of two children, both now adults, Barry Katz turned his life upside-down. His memoir, “A Double Life,” tells the story of coming to grips with his sexuality and starting over late in life. The title refers both to the experience of having lived most of his life as one person on the outside, and a very different one on the inside; and also to his rebirth as a gay man, a starting over in middle age—closing the book on one life, and embarking on another.
Barry Katz is a writer, designer, and custom homebuilder based in Norwalk, Connecticut. A part-time painter and amateur pianist, Katz’s published writings include newspaper columns on home improvement; magazine articles on architecture, the arts, and green building; and a book, “Practical Green Remodeling: Down-to-Earth Solutions for Every Day Homes,” (Taunton Press 2010).

Chella Quint is a comedy writer, performer and old school zine girl who was born in Brooklyn but ran away to Sheffield, England when she was 21. She swears the two cities are identical in every way except for the commute to Manhattan. She is best known for writing and editing Adventures in Menstruating – a zine and live show deconstructing feminine hygiene adverts with brute force when necessary. Chella’s comic essay about interfering in-laws, “Getting Civilized”, was recently published in the anthology Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage (Seal Press, March 2012). www.chellaquint.com

Grace Moon is an artist, writer, professor and founder of Velvetpark Media the arts and culture site for queer women.

Katie Liederman has written for The Huffington Post, Nerve, V, Curve, Penthouse Forum, GO, Rap-Up, Velvetpark, The Archive, The New Gay, PrettyQueer, and was a resident blogger on Showtime’s Ourchart.com. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Cornell University and an M.F.A. in Nonfiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College.

Lenny Zenith is a writer and musician from New Orleans, who currently lives in NYC with his wife Anne and cat Seymour where he works as a web manager, and still performs music intermittently. He identifies as a queer transman, and excerpts of his upcoming memoir were recently published in Obsolete! magazine. He’s often featured at NYC’s “Loser’s Lounge, and “The Car Song” by his 90’s band Jenifer Convertible was featured on the Trans-Genre CD compilation. Over the years his bands have opened for XTC, Gang of Four, X, Iggy Pop and U2 among others. He has also played The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival several times and has toured the U.S., Canada and UK. His latest band was Minor Planets (http://myspace.com/minorplanets) He is currently completing his memoir “Before I Was Me”.

With Queer Memoir producers/founders/hosts

GENNE MURPHY is a Philadelphia native, playwright and arts educator. Her work has appeared on Philadelphia stages and radio. Check out the upcoming production of her play, HOPE STREET AND OTHER LONELY PLACES with Azuka Theatre March 15-April 1: http://azukatheatre.org/show.php?prod=42. Genne is the co-producer, with Kelli Dunham, of Queer Memoir (queermemoir.com).

KELLI DUNHAM is a ex-nun, genderqueerious stand-up nerd comic, one of Velvet Park Magazine’s 25 Significant Queer Women of 2011 and author of four books of humorous non-fiction, including two children’s books being used by Sonlight conservative home schooling association in their science curriculum. Kelli is currently organizing a southern states Good Ol’ Fashioned Queer Comedy Revival Show.

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