Courtesy of Richard Porter
‘Queers Read This is a literature event that isn't boring.’
An evening of readings by Clay AD, R. Zamora Linmark, Richard Porter, Alison Rumfitt, Shola von Reinhold, and Isabel Waidner.
Presented by artist Richard Porter and writer Isabel Waidner, the latest instalment of Queers Read This features readings of texts spanning prose and poetry, critical and creative writing.
Themes range from rolling the r’s and queerness in Honolulu (Linmark), feminist healthcare and collective intimacy (Clay), the erasure of black writers from the Western 20th century canon (von Reinhold), trannies, tyranny and the end of the world (Rumfitt), queer modern poetry, planes and ocean floors (Porter), and novels in progress (Waidner).
The event celebrates the ongoing work of innovative LGBTQI+, Black, POC and working-class writers.
Queers Read This
is an ongoing ICA reading series presented by Richard Porter and Isabel Waidner. The events feature various texts which work across intersectional systems of oppression and challenge formal distinctions between prose and poetry or critical and creative writing. The title of the series is gratefully borrowed from an anonymously published leaflet distributed at a 1990 pride march in New York.
Clay AD makes text, sounds, videos and movement around themes of sci-fi, illness and ecology. Born in Indianapolis and based in Berlin, AD makes music on a home-karaoke machine, and envisions what autonomous, feminist healthcare could be in present and future conditions. First published in 2018 by Monster House Press, their novel Metabolize, If Able
was named a finalist in the 31st Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror.
Poet, novelist, and playwright R. Zamora Linmark was born in Manila and educated in Honolulu. He is the author of four poetry collections and three novels including Rolling the R's (Kaya Press), which he adapted for the stage.
Richard Porter is an artist based in London. He founded Pilot Press in 2017, and his queer anthologies are available worldwide. A new annual survey of modern queer poetry practices, Modern Queer Poets, is due this Autumn. Porter is the co-curator (with Isabel Waidner) of Queers Read This at the Institute of Contemporary Arts.
Alison Rumfitt is a semi-professional trans woman and writer who lives and works in Brighton, UK. Her debut pamphlet, The T(y)ranny was published by Zarf Editions, and her writing has appeared at Burning House Press, Glass Poetry, Honey and Lime, Transition Quarterly, Soft Cartel, Datableed and more. She is currently working on a full-length manuscript about the end of the world, WHO WILL SURVIVE AND WHAT WILL BE LEFT OF THEM.
Shola von Reinhold is a Scottish-Nigerian writer based in Glasgow. Their first novel LOTE will be published by Jacaranda Books in 2020.
Isabel Waidner is a writer and critical theorist. Their books include We Are Made Of Diamond Stuff (2019), Gaudy Bauble (2017) and Liberating the Canon: An Anthology of Innovative Literature (ed., 2018), published by Dostoyevsky Wannabe. They are the co-curator of Queers Read This at the Institute of Contemporary Art (with Richard Porter), and a lecturer at University of Roehampton, London.
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