A Night of Storytelling

Wed Jun 19 | 7pm | Literary Readings | 

Danny Ramadan brings his much-loved nights of readings to the Queer Arts Festival. Featuring Kai Cheng Thom, Andrea Jenkins, Tash McAdam, Monica Meneghetti and Michael V. Smith.

QAF’s annual soirée of erotic writer readings, curated in 2019 by Danny Ramadan.

Andrea Jenkins is a writer, performance artist, poet, and transgender activist. She is the first African American openly trans woman to be elected to office in the United States. Jenkins has experience working in community development in North Minneapolis, and in delivering social services in South Minneapolis.

Andrea holds a Masters Degree in Community Development from Southern New Hampshire University, a MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University and a Bachelors Degrees in Human Services from Metropolitan State University. She is a nationally and internationally recognized writer and artist, a 2011 Bush Fellow to advance the work of transgender inclusion, and the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrea_Jenkins

Kai Cheng Thom is a writer, performance artist, and psychotherapist in Toronto. Her novel Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir was released by Metonymy Press in 2016, and her first poetry book, a place called No Homeland, was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2017. Her children’s picture book From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea, illustrated by Kai Yun Ching and Wai-Yant Li, will be published by Arsenal in the fall of 2017. Kai Cheng won the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers in 2017.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kai_Cheng_Thom

Michael V. Smith is a queer writer, performer and Associate Professor teaching Creative Writing in the interdisciplinary department of Creative Studies at UBC’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna, in BC’s Interior. Smith is an MFA grad from UBC’s Creative Writing program.

Smith has won a number of awards for both his writing and his short film work. His novel, Cumberland (Cormorant Books, 2002), was nominated for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Smith won the inaugural Dayne Ogilvie Award for Emerging Gay Writers.

His first book of poetry is What You Can’t Have (Signature Editions, 2006), short-listed for the ReLit Prize. In 2008, he published a hybrid book of concrete poems/photographs, Body of Text (BookThug), created with photographer David Ellingsen. His new book of poetry BAD IDEAS was released in May, 2017, from Nightwood Editions.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_V._Smith

Monica Meneghetti is a multilingual language professional and writer with a penchant for cross-disciplinary collaboration. Her translation of Simone Moro‘s adventure memoir, The Call of the Ice: Climbing 8000-Meter Peaks in Winter (Mountaineers Books), is the first-ever English edition among this renowned alpinist’s books. Monica’s poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared in literary journals and musical scores, as well on stage and online. She’s taught and mentored both youth and adults, offering custom-designed workshops at Fernie Writer’s Conference, Camp fYrefly, and independently. As an editor, she has a special interest in enabling marginalised voices to be heard. She often attracts clients for whom English is a second language, due to her linguistic expertise. She holds a BA in French & Linguistics, and an MFA in Creative Writing from University of British Columbia.

https://monicameneghetti.wordpress.com/bio-2

Tash McAdam is a Welsh-Canadian author and teacher. They’ve been published in multiple anthologies, and their first personal release, a YA novella called SLAM was an international bestseller. Their debut series, The Psionics, is being released in full over 2019, from Nine Star Press.

When they’re not writing, they’re usually found teaching either Computer Science or English in Vancouver. Tash identifies as trans and queer and uses the neutral pronoun ‘they’. As an English teacher they are fully equipped to defend that grammar! They have a degree in computer science so their nerd chat makes sense, and a couple of black belts in karate which are very helpful when it comes to writing fight scenes.

Their novel writing endeavours began at the age of eight although they will admit that their first attempt was derivative, at best. Since then, Tash has spent time falling in streams, out of trees, juggling, dreaming about zombies, dancing, painting, learning and then teaching Karate, running away with the circus, and of course, writing.

They write fast-paced, plot-centric action adventure with diverse casts. They write the books that they wanted to read as a queer kid and young adult (and still do!)

http://www.tashmcadam.com/


NOTE: Entry to all QAF events requires membership to the Pride in Art Society. Memberships are available for $2 online or $5 / $2 concession at the door (or included in passes). Please allow a few extra minutes at your first event to obtain your new card.