In their poem "Fairytales" Jasmin Roberts presents the story of binary gender as a fantasy. A story we have been told and often retell in our living. They ask what about those of us who don't quite fit the models of gender we've been expected to follow--the girls who like sports, the boys who wear dresses, the many of us who don't fit any specific gendered category? In this session, we will explore this question in writing. We will present and discuss excerpts from a variety of texts by trans and gender nonconforming writers and other writers who experience gender outside the binary including Akwaeke Emezi, Dan Taulapapa McMullin, and Janae Johnson.
JR Mahung is a Belizean-American poet from the South Side of Chicago and one half of Poetry duo Black Plantains with Malcolm Friend. They teach, write, and study in Amherst, MA. JR is a 2016 Pushcart Prize nominee, a 2017 Emerging Poet’s Incubator Fellow, and the 2018 Individual World Poetry Slam representative for the Boston Poetry Slam.
For teens ages 12 to 18. Registrants will receive a Zoom link via email prior to the session start time.
This program is presented in collaboration with the GrubStreet Writing Center.