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Left to right: Anthony J. Williams (featured in volume three), Maliha Ahmed (co-editor of volume three), Nia King (interviewer) and Luna Merbruja (featured in volume one). Photo by Tim Abad.
Left to right: Anthony J. Williams (featured in volume three), Maliha Ahmed (co-editor of volume three), Nia King (interviewer) and Luna Merbruja (featured in volume one). Photo by Tim Abad.


A night of art and interviews featuring the following artists:

Anthony James Williams is a Black queer abolitionist writer and sociologist. Their work on Blackness, gender identity, sexuality, and disability has been published in HazlittCalifornia MagazineElectric Lit, and The Outline. antjwilliams.com.

Joamette Gil is an Afro-Cuban cartoonist, editor, and letterer for hire. She’s the publisher of such award-winning titles as Power & Magic: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology and Heartwood: Non-binary Tales of Sylvan Fantasy.

Kamal Al-Solaylee is an award-winning author of three nonfiction books: IntolerableBrown, and Return. He is the director of the School of Journalism, Writing, and Media at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Osa Atoe is an artist, teacher, and ceramicist operating Pottery by Osa, producing small-batch handmade ceramics. Osa wrote Shotgun Seamstress and performed in numerous bands, including VHS, New Bloods, and Firebrand.

Venus Kii Thomas is a Black trans femme multidimensional artist & sex worker based in Baltimore, Maryland. Support Venus at bit.ly/venuskiithomas.

Arielle Twist is a Nehiyaw, Two-Spirit, author and multidisciplinary artist originally from George Gordon First Nation, Saskatchewan, now based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her debut collection Disintegrate/Dissociate has won The Indigenous Voices Award for Published Poetry and she won the 2020 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging LGBTQ authors.

Qwo-Li Driskill is an unenrolled Cherokee Two-Spirit/Queer/Trans writer also of African, Irish, Lenape, Lumbee, and Osage ascent. They are the author of Asegi Stories: Cherokee Queer and Two-Spirit Memory and Walking with Ghosts: Poems and the co-editor of Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature and Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions in Theory, Politics, and Literature. They are an Associate Professor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Queer Studies at Oregon State University and are working on their second poetry collection, How to Make a Tear Dress.

Nia King and Maliha Ahmed are the co-hosts of this event and the co-editors of Queer & Trans Artists of Color, Volume 3. Buy the book at bit.ly/buyQTAOC3.

Sponsored by the Aydelotte Foundation, Black Studies, Film & Media Studies.
ASL INTERPRETATION PROVIDED by the Libraries at Swarthmore College.

This is a ZOOM event. Register here.
Thursday, March 23rd, 2023 from 6-8pm

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Marianne Dages is the Administrative Assistant for the Aydelotte Foundation.

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