Charlie Vázquez is the Director of the Bronx Writers Center and author of three novels, many short stories and occasional poetry. He is the New York City Coordinator for Puerto Rico’s “Festival de la Palabra” and would love it if you followed his author page on Facebook or his Twitter profile, @CharlieVazquez
Charlie Solidum is a American Pinoy healthcare worker, educator, and activist based out of Brooklyn. Additionally, he has the pleasure of co-facilitating monthly support groups for trans/gender non-conforming/non-binary teenagers in Rockland County, the area where he grew up. Charlie used to write a lot of stories, but doesn’t get to much anymore now that livejournal is no longer much of a thing. Social anxieties be damned, Charlie actually really quite enjoys speaking in front of a sizable assembly of people – all the better if it’s a room full of queers.
Ashley Young is a writer, editor, and teacher living in New York City. She has been publishing poetry, non-fiction and fiction since 2010, appearing online and in print magazines, including Elixher, Autostraddle, Rkvry Quarterly, and more. She appears in Seal Press’s anthology “Hot and Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion” and University of Wisconsin Press’s “All About Skin: Short Fiction by Woman of Color”. She is a 2011 VONA poetry fellow and a 2012 Lambda Literary non-fiction fellow. She received her Bachelors degree at Hampshire College where she studied education and theater. Ashley is currently working on an Audre Lorde inspired biomythography “The Liberation of the Black Unicorn,” a new collection of poetry as well as a play. Ashley edits under her business Black Unicorn Productions and hopes to soon publish and produce work by Queer and Trans writers of color.
Stephanie Schroeder is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn. She has written for The Guardian, Curve Magazine, GO! Magazine, Station-to-Station, Life of The Law, Lambda Literary Review, FiftyistheNewFifty.com, and other outlets. Her work has been anthologized in the classic queer anthology That’s Revolting: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation, in the Lammy-nominated Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage, and in the collection Easy to Love, But Hard to Live With: Real People, Invisible Disabilities, True Stories. Schroeder is also the author of the memoir Beautiful Wreck: Sex, Lies & Suicide.
For the last 17 years, Robin has been a staple in the New York City performance scene. She has been listed as one of Go! magazine’s Top 100 Women We Love, twice, and recently, graced the cover of Diva Magazine for their “body issue” and was featured as one of twelve New York City celesbians. Robin has been featured in several articles about gay marriage and lesbian fashion in the Washington Post, and Gayweddings.com. In the Spring of 2016, her non-fiction prose will be published in Outside the XY: Queer, Brown Masculinity. In addition, Robin regularly participates in several reading and storytelling series including Queer Memoir, Drunken, Careening Writer’s, Mixer Reading & Music Series and Risk! Currently, Robin is in production for her short film Out Again and a documentary about the Ebony Horsewomen of Hartford, CT.
Kelli Dunham is the genderqueer nurse-comic-author-ex-nun hybrid so common in modern Brooklyn and the cofounder of Queer Memoir. Kelli was one of Velvet Park Magazine’s 25 Significant Women of 2011, was named to the 2012 Campus Pride Hotlist and has appeared on Showtime and the Discovery Channel and nationwide at colleges, prides, fundraisers and even the occasional livestock auction. She is also an RN and has written five books of humorous non-fiction, including two children’s books being used by Sonlight conservative home schooling association in their science curriculum. Kelli’s fifth book, Freak of Nurture, a collection of humorous essays published by Topside Press caused award-winning author Barbara Carellas to give Kelli the moniker “the David Sedaris of the genderqueer dyke world.” Kelli’s is a frequent contributor to OXJane.com. You may have also seen Kelli’s unique humorously concerned voice in articles on Refinery29, The New Republic, Thought Catalog and Autostraddle and the NPR Health Blog. Kelli’s 5th comedy CD, “Gender Envy” will be released November 1st.
Molly McCloy is a three-time NYC Moth Slam winner with work published in Slate, Nerve, and Swink. She holds an M.F.A. in Nonfiction from The New School, and teaches at Pima Community College in Tucson. Currently on sabbatical, Molly is touring Mad Dog Grudges, her one-woman show that unravels her screwed-up family’s legacy of violence and addiction, explores the ridiculousness of grudges, and asks what it takes to forgive others…and yourself. To learn more about upcoming performances go tomollymccloy.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for the email list.