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A soirée of erotic literary readings to tantalize and titillate. This year’s edition of Queerotica is curated by Dagger Editions, Caitlin Press’s new imprint dedicated to writing by queer women (those who identify as queer women, including trans women, or include this in their personal history).

About the featured writers:

Nacho Rodriguez is a former journalist and the author of two self-published collections of poetry Hidden/A Escondidas and Distant Object of Desire as well as a collection of short stories White Lies. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, he now lives in Victoria, BC.

Sara Graefe is a Vancouver playwright and screenwriter who also writes hot little stories to make her partner wet. Sara has published erotica in Hot & Bothered IV and With A Rough Tongue: Femmes Write Porn. Her other queer-themed writing has appeared in anthologies such as A Family By Any Other Name: Exploring Queer Relationships, Outspoken: A Canadian Collection of Lesbian Scenes and Monologues, and Boobs: Women Explore What it Means to Have Breasts.

Jane Byers lives with her wife and two children in Nelson, British Columbia. She writes about human resilience in the context of raising children, lesbian and gay issues, and sexuality. Her poems, essays and short fiction have been published in a variety of books and literary magazines in Canada, the US and the UK, including Grain, Rattle, Descant, the Antigonish Review, the Canadian Journal of Hockey Literature, Our Times, Poetry in Transit and Best Canadian Poetry 2014. Her second book of poetry, Acquired Community is both a collection of narrative poems about seminal moments in North American lesbian and gay history, and a series of first-person poems comparing the narrator’s coming out experience within the larger context of the gay liberation movement.

Hasan Namir was born in Iraq in 1987 and came to Canada at a young age. He graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in English. Hasan considers himself to be a very sexual being and his work focuses on sexuality. He loves to write stories that are rich in sexual nature. His first novel, God in Pink, was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in fall 2015.

Lucas Crawford is the author of Sideshow Concessions (Invisible Publishing, 2015), which won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Lucas is also the author of a book of scholarship entitled Transgender Architectonics (Routledge 2016). Lucas has taught Gender Studies at SFU for the past three years and is looking forward to beginning a new adventure as Assistant Professor of English at the University of New Brunswick this fall. Lucas is both thrilled and honoured to give one last Vancouver reading here at such a great festival. Lucas is originally from rural Nova Scotia.

Monica Meneghetti is a multilingual language professional and writer with a penchant for cross-disciplinary collaboration.  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. Monica has been publishing since 1989, but began exploring sexuality in her writing in 2010. She is a contributor to Plenitude magazine and her memoir More then a Mouthful will be published by Dagger Editions in 2017.

Generously sponsored by Kathleen Speakman and Lesiie Uyeda

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