Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen Street, between Stanton and Rivington (NYC)
July 29, 2013 – 7:00 PM

Kelli Dunham reads from FREAK OF NURTURE, the book that folks are calling “hysterically funny, brutally honest and poignant and heartbreaking” (The Flannel Files), “laugh out loud outrageous storytelling” (Kate Clinton) and “so compelling I read..almost the whole book…in one day”(Danika, The Lesbrary). PLUS readings by some of the hottest queer authors with cool new work:


A 2009 Campus Pride Hot List artist, 2013 Trans Justice Funding Project Paneslist, and 2013 Trans 100 Honoree, Kay Ulanday Barrett is a poet, performer, and educator, navigating life as a disabled pin@y-amerikan transgender queer in the U.S. with struggle, resistance, and laughter. K. has featured on colleges & stages globally; Princeton University, UC Berkeley, Musee Pour Rire in Montreal, and The Chicago Historical Society. K’s bold work continues to excite and challenge audiences. K. has facilitated workshops, presented keynotes, and contributed to panels with various social justice communities. Honors include: Finalist for The Gwendolyn Brooks Open-Mic Award and contributions in Poor Magazine, Kicked Out Anthology, Windy City Queer: Dispatches from the Third Coast, Make/Shift, Filipino American Psychology. K. turns art into action, dedicated to remixing recipes. See K. online on twitter @kulandaybarrett or

Morgan Goode is a storyteller and photographer living in Brooklyn. The video of her story “Sugar and Spice,” which tells the tale of her middle school adventures with a squiggle wiggle writer, has over 4,000 views on YouTube. She’s an editor at large at and is currently working on a nonfiction novel, a black comedy about the aftermath of her father’s suicide, to be released this fall on Topside Signature Press.

Red Durkin is the managing editor of and one the most promising young queer comics in the country. She has toured extensively as part of the Tranny Roadshow, performed at Camp Trans and the Transgender Leadership Summit and was a member of the Fully Functional Cabaret. She has written 9 zines, was featured in the final issue of Punk Planet magazine and Topside Press‘s The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard. Her work on Youtube has reach over 100,000 views and has appeared in classrooms and boardrooms nationwide. Her upcoming novel, Ready, Amy, Fire is scheduled to be published by Topside Press summer 2013. Born in Indian, Alaska and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, Red currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

The only writer ever to have received the American Library Association Stonewall Award for Fiction twice, Ellis Avery is the author of two novels and a memoir. Her novels, THE LAST NUDE (Riverhead 2012) and THE TEAHOUSE FIRE (Riverhead 2007) have also received Lambda, Ohioana, and Golden Crown awards, and her work has been translated into six languages. She teaches writing at Columbia University and out of her home in the West Village.

Kelli Dunham ( is everyone’s favorite ex-nun genderqueer nerdy nurse 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 a registered nurse and 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 fifth book, Freak of Nurture, a collection is humorous essays that none other than lesbian comedy godmother Kate Clinton called “laugh out loud outrageous storytelling” was released by Topside Press in Spring 2013.

Kelli has three comedy CDs to her credit “I am NOT a 12 Year Old Boy” “Almost Pretty” and “Why Is the Fat One Always Angry” all which are on regular rotation on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s Rawdog Comedy Station and Pandora’s Margaret Cho Comedy Station.
Kelli was recently the expert on “What Is Normal” in Twist Magazine (known as Tiger Beat’s little sister magazine), 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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