Queer Memoir On The Move: The Gay Train

postcardHere’s to the queers… in the streets…the streets…the streets…

Well okay, on the trains.

As part of our celebration of Queer Memoir’s Third Year Anniversary we’re taking Queer Memoir On the Move.

We’ll meet at 11 am on the platform of the 207th Street A Train Station in Inwood, so we can ride together.

WITH STORYTELLERS
M Tauret Davis
Katz/Athens Boys Choir
Christa Orth
JJ Jones

Hosted by Kelli Dunham

QUEER MEMOIR is NYC’s community based storytelling event. This month we’ll be hearing from a bunch of really fascinating folks with amazing stories, all on the theme of On the Move/The Gay Train. Please join us.

Even as LGBT characters and “out” celebrities become more common in pop culture and mainstream media, the richness and complexity of real queer lives is still undervalued and often invisible. Queer Memoir attempts to provide an avenue to share queer lives and celebrate the ritual and community-building value of storytelling.

STORYTELLERS’ BIOS:

M TAURET DAVIS
M.Taueret Davis is a Brooklyn-based artist, performer, and queer femme body liberationist.

CHRISTA ORTH
Christa Orth is a fifth-generation Pacific Northwesterner, and a creative nonfiction writer based in Brooklyn, who usually takes the Q train. She’s writing her first book: stories of the queer history of Seattle and Portland. Christa on the board of MIX NYC, writes for the ACT UP Oral History Project, and is a proud Lambda Literary Fellow. Christa’s publications include a contribution to the Lambda Award winning anthology Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose City

KATZ/ATHENS BOYS CHOIR
Ok, so the name Athens Boys Choir can be a bit deceiving but you can’t blame a Transsexual man living in the Deep South for having a sense of humor about the whole ordeal. So Katz, the Choir’s now solo member, travels the country speaking “the good word” throwing down hard hitting spoken-word that deals with issues of Gender, Politics, Love, Sex, and everything in-between.

Athens Boys Choir has been touring nationally since 2003, performing for audiences that are becoming more diverse everyday. You don’t have to be a spoken-word enthusiast to enjoy the lyrical stylings of the Athens Boys Choir. Katz has the unusual skill of opening even the most skeptical minds to the world of performance poetry. With three CD’s already out and a fourth due for release on March 27, 2007, Katz/The Athens Boys Choir has established himself as a force in the spoken-word/queer/pop culture/homo-hop movement; you choose how it moves you.

ABOUT YOUR HOST AND QUEER MEMOIR CO-FOUNDER/CO-CURATOR KELLI DUNHAM

Kelli Dunham
Kelli Dunham (kellidunham.com) is everyone’s favorite ex-nun genderqueer nerd comic. Kelli was one of Velvet Park Magazine’s 25 Significant Queer Women of 2011 and was named to the 2012 Campus Pride Hotlist. Kelli was also given the The Fresh Fruit Festival Award for Distinction in stand-up comedy, although Kelli has never before or since been called distinguished. Kelli is the 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. Her upcoming fifth book, Freak of Nurture, was called “hilarious…laugh out loud outrageous storytelling” by none other than the godmother of lesbian comedy, Kate Clinton. Freak of Nurture will be released by Topside Press in Spring 2013.

Kelli was recently the expert on “What Is Normal” in the teenybopper periodical Twist, on a page facing a full color poster of Justin Beiber. There isn’t even a ironic statement to match that, it’s just strangely true.

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