Writers Jack Halberstam, Stephen Motika, Brian Pietras, Ronado Wilson, and Mark Wunderlich, each from poetic, literary, and scholarly backgrounds, engage with the notion of 21st century queer masculinity. This event asks these writers to respond to representations of queer men in popular culture, from the fight for marriage equality to music videos and beyond. Each will present his own work in discussion with fellow panelists, and the audience will be invited to continue the conversation.

This event will be held at Dixon Place Theater, 161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002. It will take place on Tuesday, March 5, at 7:30 pm. The event is $10 student/senior advance, $12 in advance, and $15 at the door. Free chapbooks will be available. Subway stops: F to 2nd Ave, B/D to Grand, J/Z to Bowery, 6 to Spring, M to Essex.

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Belladonna* is a feminist collaborative, publisher, and event series. Our mission is to promote the work of women writers who are adventurous, experimental, politically involved, multi-form, multicultural, multi-gendered, impossible to define, delicious to talk about, unpredictable and dangerous with language. Belladonna* has featured over 150 writers of wildly diverse age and origin, writers who work in conversation and collaboration in and between multiple forms, languages, and critical fields. As performance and as printed text, the work collects, gathers over time and space, and forms a conversation about the feminist avant-garde, what it is and how it comes to be.

Jack Halberstam is Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Gender Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. Halberstam is the author of five books including: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters (Duke UP, 1995), Female Masculinity (Duke UP, 1998), In A Queer Time and Place (NYU Press, 2005), The Queer Art of Failure (Duke UP, 2011) and Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal (Beacon Press, 2012) and has written articles that have appeared in numerous journals, magazines and collections. Halberstam is currently working on several projects including a book on queer anarchy. Halberstam has co-edited a number of anthologies including Posthuman Bodies with Ira Livingston (Indiana University Press, 1995) and a special issue of Social Text with Jose Munoz and David Eng titled “What’s Queer About Queer Studies Now?”

Stephen Motika is the author of Western Practice (2012) and the editor of Tiresias: The Collected Poems of Leland Hickman (2009). He is also the author of two poetry chapbooks, Arrival and at Mono (2007) and In the Madrones (2011). His articles and poems have appeared in Another Chicago Magazine, BOMB, The Brooklyn Review, Eleven Eleven, The Poetry Project Newsletter, among other publications. A 2010-2011 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Resident, he is the program director at Poets House and the publisher of Nightboat Books.

Brian Pietras is a doctoral candidate in the English Department at Rutgers University, where he focuses on gender and sexuality in early modern England. His paper on androgyny in Lady Mary Wroth’s Urania won the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women’s prize for the best Graduate Student Conference Presentation of 2011.

Ronaldo V. Wilson is the author of Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man (University of Pittsburgh, 2008), winner of the 2007 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and Poems of the Black Object (Futurepoem Books, 2009), winner of the Thom Gunn Award and the Asian American Literary Award in Poetry in 2010. Co-founder of the Black Took Collective, Wilson is also a Visiting Assistant Professor of Poetry, Fiction and Literature in the Literature Department of the University of California, Santa Cruz. His latest book, Farther Traveler: Poetry, Prose, Other, is forthcoming from Counterpath Press in 2013.

Mark Wunderlich is the author of three volumes of poems, the most recent of which is The Earth Avails, forthcoming from Graywolf Press. He has published poems in Tin House, Poetry, Paris Review, The Yale Review, Slate and elsewhere, and his work is widely anthologized. He teaches in the graduate writing programs at Columbia University and Bennington College, where he also teaches undergraduate literature and directs Poetry at Bennington, a series of residencies by prominent American poets.  He lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.


Photo:  Jack Halberstam

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