Pics of the Red Umbrella Diaries night of stories and theatre at Joe’s Pub! It was an amazing night, beyond our expectations. It’s been a week since our big show in front of an audience of 200, and we are digging into the footage already and working on the films! We’re producing a short film about the Trans Women’s Theatre Troupe as well as a feature about the seven sex worker storytellers. See the trailer for the feature film here.
"I Remember" - a video poem screened at the Trans Day of Remembrance Event at the LGBT Center in NYC last night. Very moving, and features many trans women of color, with lines in both English and Spanish.
An Unlikable Survivor provides helpful balance to the collection, arguing that contrary to the usual story of transcendence, sometimes damage has its consequences, and though many are able to transform experience, some women are rightly, unapologetically angry: ‘We have not gained some divine likeability by virtue of being survivors. We are not all Mother Theresa trying to save the world.’
review from publishers weekly features quote from my piece in the anthology :-D
I am disappointed,” Judge Lippman said after the results came in. “We were unable to get a consistent message across that people should be judged on their ability to do the job and not on some outdated conceptions of age.
there’s an ageism angle they’re trying to play up, tempting, but to force retirement will mean that new judge appointments give opportunity to undue endemic racism.
When did you first consider yourself a writer? Was there any particular moment or stimulus that brought on this realization?
ER: I only consider myself a writer when I’m actually writing. You know, as opposed to when I’m just talking about what I’m going to write or teaching a writing workshop or procrastinating by watching Orange is the New Black or don’t have my hands free because I’m expressing milk with a beastly breast-pump.
VL: I became a writer at about thirteen years old. I wrote my first story—a bit of a Stephen King rip off—and sent it out to a magazine. It was rejected, of course, but it didn’t matter. The rejection was just as much a part of the job as the writing.
- Geeking out over this Tennessee Williams Festival interview with Emily Raboteau and Victor Lavalle.