Queer Poetry Salon is a safe space for queer writers to share ideas and poetry while providing opportunities to mobilize for the community. Any LGBTQIA writer can share two short selections during an open mic period before the featured readers. This is a test lab for queer literature wherein we share new work and grow our queer community.
Show up early to sign up for the open mic before the event starts. Bring your best work and remember that this is your chance to shine. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be real.
This month’s featured readers are Sean Avery & Maria Woodson.
Sean Avery (pronouns he/they) is a rapper, poet and teaching artist from Avondale, Ariz. Their work integrates Hip-Hop music, poetry, and theater to explore how Black masculinity is projected onto their body. They strive for authentic performance of self, hoping to inspire others to examine their own identities. Avery’s work has been featured on Afropunk, Blavity, the 2015-2016 Wisconsin Film Festival, the 2018-2019 Chicago Hip-Hop Theater Festival, and the Art Hoe Collective.
Maria Woodson is a poet and musician from Sacramento, Calif. She was an NPR Kroc Fellowship Finalist in 2018, and in 2016 was the grand prize winner of the Ecologistics Protest Songwriting Contest while attending California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. She currently studies, writes and teaches poetry at Arizona State University where she is a second-year MFA Candidate for creative writing.