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Reading from WE WANT IT ALL: AN ANTHOLOGY OF RADICAL TRANS POETICS at Open Books: A Poem Emporium!

March 11, 2021 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

6-8 PST, Thursday, March 11, 2021

Please join Open Books and the MFA for Creative Writing and Poetics Cultural Change seminar for a Seattle-area anthology launch of We Want It All: an Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics (co-edited by Andrea Abi-Karam and Kay Gabriel) via Zoom.

This reading is open to the public and will be recorded. Please pre-register to receive an e-mail with the Zoom details here

If you have any access needs for this reading, please let them know at openpoetrybooks(at)gmail(dot)com.

Facebook event page here.


Andrea Abi-Karam is the author of EXTRATRANSMISSION, a poetic critique of the US Military’s role in the War on Terror.

Joss Barton is a writer, journalist, and performance artist examining queer and trans* life, love, loss, liberation, desires, dreams, and always disco. She writes and resides in St. Louis, Missouri. 

Amy Marvin has a PhD in feminist philosophy and currently holds several jobs, including adjunct professor, quiz show host, and librarian. Her essays have been published in Transgender Studies Quarterly, Feminist Philosophy Quarterly, Hypatia, Contingent Mag, and a few anthologies. Her poetry has been published in Prolit, Wax Nine, and Protean. You can catch her antics at @amyrmarv on Twitter.

Rocket Caleshu is a writer living in Los Angeles. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the California Institute of the Arts, where he was the inaugural Truman Capote Literary Fellow, and a BA in Africana Studies from Brown University. His work has appeared in Poetry Magazine, New Delta Review, Tammy, and Black Warrior Review, among others. He is a practitioner and teacher of Mysore-style ashtanga yoga. He is interested in the relationship between form and formlessness.

Joshua Jennifer Espinoza is a trans woman poet living in California. Her work has been featured in The American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, Denver Quarterly, West Branch, Buzzfeed, and elsewhere. She is also the author of two poetry collections: I’m Alive / It Hurts / I Love It (Big Lucks 2019), and THERE SHOULD BE FLOWERS (Civil Coping Mechanisms 2016). She is currently an MFA candidate in creative writing at UC Riverside.

Kay Gabriel is a poet and essayist. She lives in Queens, NY.

Aeon Ginsberg is a transfeminine agender bitch from Baltimore City, MD. They are the author of Greyhound, winner of the 2019 Noemi Press poetry prize.

zavé martohardjono is a performance and multimedia artist whose works contend with the political histories our bodies carry. Their arts and activism practices weave together political education, dance, and de-colonial and de-assimilationist community building. zavé’s writing has appeared in The Dancer Citizenmxrs commonsHuffPost, and We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics. They’ve talked at Brown University, Fordham University, Princeton University, University of the Arts, College Art Association Conference, Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference, and Movement Research. 

As a dance-theater artist, zavé has presented at the 92Y, The Kennedy Center, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, BAAD!, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Boston Center for the Arts, Center for Performance Research, El Museo del Barrio, Gibney Dance, HERE Arts, Issue Project Room, Storm King Art Center, the Wild Project, and elsewhere. Their performances have been written about in the New York Times, Hyperallergic, Posture Magazine, and in the books Trans Exploits: Trans of Color Cultures and Technologies in Movement and Queering Contemporary Asian American Art.

imogen xtian smith is a poet, performer, & curator living in Lenapehoking/ Brooklyn, NY. Their first book, STEMMY THINGS, is forthcoming from Nightboat in 2022.


from The Convergence Zone is a series of author readings, and artist talks and performances, sponsored by the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics at the University of Washington Bothell. It brings together sometimes peaceable, sometimes combustible, fronts of discovery and experiment. This series brings to the (virtual) Seattle metropolitan area exciting writers and artists who “cross” and “trans” genres and media. It discusses and performs written arts in an expanded field. 


March 11, 2021
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm