Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Youth Creative Writing Group

Group Facilitators: NOOR IBN NAJAM, MARIYA E. ONEBY

noor is an experimental poet, editor, and educator based in Philadelphia, Lenapehoking.
Mariya E. Oneby is a writer and percussionist who invests energy in supporting trans youth and gender autonomy.

Additional administrative support provided by Andrew Spiers, a queer-trans writer, musician, and social worker.


Spring 2021

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, transcribez continues to meet online the 2nd Saturday of every month from 12:00-2:00 PM EST via Zoom. Non-cis youth (ages 14-24) from anywhere in the world are encouraged to join us!

You must register for the workshop ahead of time. The group is password protected to avoid trolling. Please DM us on Instagram @transcribez or email andrewspiersmss@gmail.com for the password.

Visit us on Instagram for the most up-to-date info and guest writer announcements! Youth are also invited join our online writing community at https://www.facebook.com/groups/transcribez

FEBRUARY 13, 2021: ZACH OZMA

This session will be held via Zoom due to COVID-19. Meeting ID: 707-581-482. Pre-registration is required. DM @transcribez on Instagram or email andrewspiersmss@gmail.com for meeting password.

Zach Ozma is an interdisciplinary artist. Embodiment theory, archival research, and neo-classically gay imagery inform his practice. Employing mimesis, pedagogy, humor, surprise, and reward, he works in a variety of materials including ceramics, found objects, performance, writing, and works on paper. He is the author of BLACK DOG DRINKING FROM AN OUTDOOR POOL (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019) and with Ellis Martin co-edited WE BOTH LAUGHED IN PLEASURE: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan (a 2020 Lambda Literary Award winner. Nightboat Books, 2019).


JANUARY 9, 2021: VENUS DI’KHADIJAH SELENITE

*This session was held via Zoom due to COVID-19.

Venus Di’Khadijah Selenite (xe/xym) is the author of trigger and The Fire Been Here, as well as co-editor of Nameless Woman: An Anthology of Fiction by Trans Women of Color. Venus has featured at the Kennedy Center, Brown University, Wellesley College, and other various venues. A 2017 and 2019 Pink Door Fellow and a past finalist at the Capturing Fire International Queer Poetry Slam, xyr work and art can be explored and supported at: linktr.ee/mxvenusselenite


DECEMBER 12, 2020: GUEST WRITER CHASE BERGGRUN

*This session was held via Zoom due to COVID-19.

Chase Berggrun is a trans woman poet and the author of R E D (Birds, LLC, 2018). Her poems and essays have appeared in Poetry Magazine, American Poetry Review, jubilat, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


NOVEMBER 14, 2020: GUEST WRITER JAYY DODD

*This session was held via Zoom due to COVID-19.

the subject known as jayy dodd aka [redacted] aka Lady Tournament beamed down in Los Angeles ’92 & is now based in Portland,OR. Her professional literary career includes positions at The Offing, Winter Tangerine & more with features in the LA Times, Poetry Magazine, Oprah Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Willamette Weekly, The New York Public Library & several anthologies. She’s the author of Mannish Tongues (Platypus Press 2017) & The Black Condition ft. Narcissus (Nightboat 2019). Her film & performance work has been installed & screened across the country from classrooms to museums. She has been a Lambda Literary Fellow & Precipice Art Grant Recipient through Portland’s Institute of Contemporary Art. she the mother of Tournament Haus, a boutique Ballroom house in Portland Kiki Scene, where she manages & produces young Black queer & trans artists. Find her talking slick or in another dimension.


OCTOBER 10, 2020: GUEST WRITER DEVYN-KHALEEL FARRIES

*This session was held via Zoom due to COVID-19.

Devyn-Khaleel “Khaleel” Farries (they/she) is a Detroit born and raised multimedia artist based in Philadelphia. As a Black queer person who grew up in the hood, they focus on the connection their upbringing has to their queerness. Depictions of “boihood” are a visible theme of her work. Also because of her deep connection with nature, many of their works also feature plant life. Devyn believes that blackness is divine, and exists on a similar axis as its description as a color. Black is what happens when all light is absorbed, meaning, Blackness is not the absence of anything, but everything. Their goal as an artist is to capture some of that “everything” on paper. Follow Devyn on social media @khaleelartt


SEPTEMBER 12, 2020: GUEST WRITER J MASE III

*This session was held via Zoom due to COVID-19.

J Mase III is a Black/Trans/queer poet & educator based in Seattle by way of Philly. As an educator, Mase has worked with community members in the US, UK, and Canada on the needs of LGBTQIA+ folks and racial justice in spaces such as K-12 schools, universities, faith communities and restricted care facilities. He is founder of awQward, the first trans and queer people of color talent agency. J Mase is author of And Then I Got Fired: One Transqueer’s Reflections on Grief, Unemployment & Inappropriate Jokes About Death as well as White Folks Be Trippin’: An Ethnography Through Poetry & Prose. Currently, he is head writer for the theatrical production Black Bois and is co-editor of the Black Trans Prayer Book. Find him on Instagram @jmaseiii and http://www.jmaseiii.com!




PREVIOUS TRANSCRIBEZ WORKSHOPS

2020-2021

AUGUST 8, 2020: GUEST WRITER JAMIE GRACE ALEXANDER AKA PROXY

*This session was held via Zoom due to COVID-19.

Jamie Grace Alexander is known through their work as Proxy . Proxy is defined as “the authority to represent someone else” & their work considers the distance between the artist themselves & the many communities they belong to. She just completed a huge mural that proclaims BLACK TRANS LIVES MATTER in Baltimore.


JULY 11, 2020: GUEST WRITER NOOR IBN NAJAM

*This session was held via Zoom due to COVID-19.

Noor Ibn Najam has received fellowships from Callaloo, Pink Door, and the Vermont Studio Center. They are also a Watering Hole Graduate Fellow. Noor's poems have been published with the Academy of American Poets and the Rumpus among others, and in Bettering American Poetry, Best New Poets, and Breakbeat Poets vol. 3: Halal If You Hear Me, an anthology of writings by Muslim gender minorities. Noor's chapbook, Praise to Lesser Gods of Love, was published by Glass poetry press in 2019



JUNE 13, 2020: GUEST WRITER ANDREA JENKINS

*This session was held via Zoom due to COVID-19.

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 moved to Minnesota to attend the University of Minnesota in 1979 and was hired by the Hennepin County government, where she worked for a decade. Jenkins worked as a staff member on the Minneapolis City Council for 12 years before beginning work as curator of the Transgender Oral History Project at the University of Minnesota's Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies. Andrea published “The T is Not Silent: new and selected poems” via Purple Lioness Productions in 2015 and was an editor of the 2019 Queer Voices: Poetry, Prose, and Pride collection from Minnesota Historical Society Press. For more, please find her on Twitter @annapoetic



May 9, 2020 : Community Writing Space (No Guest)

*This session was held via Zoom due to COVID-19.

April 11, 2020: Community Writing Space (No Guest)

*This session was held via Zoom due to COVID-19.

March 14, 2020: Community Writing Space (No Guest)

*This session was held via Zoom due to COVID-19.

February 8, 2020: Community Writing Space (No Guest)

Session met at the Kelly Writers House (3805 Locust Walk)

January 11, 2020: Community Writing Space (No Guest)

Session met at the Penn LGBT center (3907 Spruce Street)

December 14, 2019: Community Writing Space (No Guest)

Session met at the Penn LGBT Center (3907 Spruce Street)

November 9, 2019: Community Writing Space (No Guest)

Session met at the Penn LGBT Center (3907 Spruce Street)

October 12, 2019: Guest Writer Noor Ibn Najam

Noor Ibn Najam has received fellowships from Callaloo, Pink Door, and the Vermont Studio Center. They are also a Watering Hole Graduate Fellow. Noor's poems have been published with the Academy of American Poets and the Rumpus among others, and in Bettering American Poetry, Best New Poets, and Breakbeat Poets vol. 3: Halal If You Hear Me, an anthology of writings by Muslim gender minorities. Noor's chapbook, Praise to Lesser Gods of Love, was published by Glass poetry press in 2019

This session was held at the Institute of Contemporary Art 118 S 36th St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 (Tuttleman Auditorium), as part of the "Colored People Time: Banal Presents" exhibit. For information about Colored People Time, visit: https://icaphila.org/exhibitions/colored-people-time-banal-presents/



September 14, 2019: Community Writing Space (No Guest)

Session at Kelly Writers House (3805 Locust Walk)

2018-2019

August 10, 2019: SUMMER SESSION WORKSHOP (NO GUEST)

*This session took place at the Penn LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce St.



July 13, 2019: SUMMER SESSION WORKSHOP (NO GUEST)

*This session took place at the Penn LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce St.



June 8, 2019: SUMMER SESSION WORKSHOP (NO GUEST)

*This session took place at the Penn LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce St.



May 11, 2019: SUMMER SESSION WORKSHOP (NO GUEST)

*This session took place at the Penn LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce St.



April 13, 2019: Chapbook Reading and Celebration

We will have an end-of- year celebration at Kelly Writers House where the youth can share their writing with friends and family.



March 9, 2019: Guest Writer Wo Chan

Wo Chan is a non-binary poet and drag performer. Wo is the author of the chapbook ORDER THE WORLD, MOM (Belladonna), and has received honors from the New York Foundation of the Arts, Kundiman, Lambda Literary, and the Asian American Writers Workshop. Their work centers on creating personal narratives about immigration, race, and gender in text and on stage. As a standing member of the Brooklyn based drag/burlesque collective Switch N' Play, Wo has performed at venues including MOMA PS1, Joe’s Pub, National Sawdust, New York Live Arts, and BAM Fisher. Wo was born in Macau, China, and currently lives in New York where they are an MFA Candidate in Poetry at NYU. For more of Wo’s work, check out: @theillustriouspearl in IG, @wochanofficial on Twitter, Youtube, and The Margins.


February 9, 2019: Guest Writer Raquel Salas Rivera

*This session at the Penn LGBT center (3907 Spruce Street)

Raquel Salas Rivera es la poeta laureada de la ciudad de Filadelfia del 2018-19. Sus poemas han aparecido en revistas tales como la Revista del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, Apogee, PEN Poetry Series y McSweeney’s. Del 2016-2018 fue co-editora de la revista literaria The Wanderer y co-editora de Puerto Rico en mi corazón, una colección bilingüe de volantes de poetas puertorriqueños contemporáneos. Durante el verano del 2018 trabajó junto con Raena Shirali, Kirwyn Sutherland y Ashley Davis, organizando un festival llamado We (Too) Are Philly e inspirado por el poema “I, Too” de Langston Hughes. Es la recipiente de becas del Sundance Institute, el Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, el Arizona Poetry Center y CantoMundo. Es la primera recipiente del Ambroggio Prize de la Academia de Poetas Americanos (Academy of American Poets) por su libro en español con traducciones al inglés, x/ex/exis. Cuenta con la publicación de seis plaquetas y cuatro poemarios. Su libro, lo terciario/the tertiary, enfrenta la ley PROMESA, fue finalista para el Premio Nacional del Libro del 2018 (2018 National Book Award) y fue seleccionado por Remezcla, Entropy, Literary Hub, mitú, Book Riot y Publishers Weekly como uno de los mejores poemarios del 2018. En el 2019, Birds, LLC publicará su quinto libro while they sleep (under the bed is another country) junto con imágenes realizadas por la artista puertorriqueña Mariana Ramos Ortiz.

Raquel Salas Rivera is the 2018-19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia. Their work has appeared in journals such as the the Journal of the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture (Revista del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña), Apogee, PEN Poetry Series and McSweeney’s. From 2016-2018, they were co-editor of The Wanderer and co-editor of Puerto Rico en mi corazón, a collection of bilingual broadsides of contemporary Puerto Rican poets. In summer 2018, they worked alongside Raena Shirali, Kirwyn Sutherland, and Ashley Davis organizing a festival called We (Too) Are Philly, inspired by Langston Hughes’ poem, “I, Too.” They are the recipient of fellowships and residencies from the Sundance Institute, the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, the Arizona Poetry Center, and CantoMundo. They are the first recipient of the Ambroggio Prize from the Academy of American Poets for their dual-language book x/ex/exis. They have authored six chapbooks as well as four full-length poetry books. Their book, lo terciario/the tertiary, which confronts the PROMESA bill, was on the 2018 National Book Award Longlist, and was selected by Remezcla, Entropy, Literary Hub, mitú, Book Riot, and Publishers Weekly as one of the best poetry books of 2018. In 2019, Birds, LLC will publish their fifth book while they sleep (under the bed is another country), which will include images created by the Puerto Rican artist Mariana Ramos Ortiz.


January 12, 2019: Guest Writer Annie Mok

*This session at Penn LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce St.

Annie Mok is an author-illustrator, a regular contributor to Rookie Mag and The Comics Journal, co-creator of Swim Thru Fire with Sophia Foster-Dimino, co-star in the upcoming feature film Phaesporia, a musician, and host and producer of the movies podcast Lights Go Down. She is a recipient of a 2014 Leeway Foundation Transformation Award. Annie was the frontwoman for See-Through Girls from 2013-2015.


December 8, 2018: Guest Writer Cat Fitzpatrick

Cat Fitzpatrick is a poet, teacher and editor. She teaches at Rutgers University - Newark, she co-edited the anthology Meanwhile Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy from Transgender Writers, and she wrote the poetry book Glamourpuss.


Kayleb Rae Candrilli is author of What Runs Over, winner of the Pamet River Prize with YesYes Books. It is their first full length work and is a 2017 finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in transgender poetry. Candrilli currently serves as an assistant poetry editor for Boaat Press. They also served as the nonfiction editor of the Black Warrior Review and are published or forthcoming in TriQuarterly, Puerto del Sol, Boston Review, Adroit, Sonora Review, and many others. They are a 2016 Best of the Net winner, and have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes and for Best New Poets. In 2015, the Lambda Literary Foundation named them an Emerging Voices Fellow in nonfiction, and again in 2017 as a fellow in poetry. Candrilli holds a BA and an MA in poetry writing from Penn State University, as well as an MFA in creative writing, and an MLIS from The University of Alabama. They live in Philadelphia with their partner. You can read more here.


November 10, 2018: Guest Writer Kayleb Rae Candrilli

*This session at Penn LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce St.

October 13, 2018: Guest Writer Tyler Vile

Tyler Vile is a writer, performer, and activist from Baltimore, MD whose novel-in-verse, Never Coming Home, is available on Topside Press. She is a member of the board of Hinenu: The Baltimore Justice Shtiebl, a radically inclusive synagogue, and was the vocalist in a punk band called Anti-Androgen. Her interactive poetry zine, Hassidic Witch Murderer is available on her website, tylervile.wordpress.com. Her work has appeared in the Lambda Literary Award nominated anthology, Resilience, published by Heartspark Press, as well as the magazines Femmescapes, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, and Rogue Agent. She hopes to one day become the world's greatest transsexual lesbian yenta.


September 8, 2018: Guest Writer Cyree Jarelle Johnson

Cyree Jarelle Johnson is a poet, essayist, and tarot card reader from Piscataway, New Jersey. Find them on the internet at cyreejarellejohnson.com or @cyreejarelle


2017-2018

AUGUST 11, 2018: SUMMER SESSION WORKSHOP (NO GUEST)

*This session took place at the Penn LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce St.



JULY 14, 2018: SUMMER SESSION WORKSHOP (NO GUEST)

*This session took place at the Penn LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce St.



JUNE 9, 2018: SUMMER SESSION WORKSHOP (NO GUEST)

*This session took place at the Penn LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce St.



MAY 12, 2018: SUMMER SESSION WORKSHOP (NO GUEST)

*This session took place at the Penn LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce St.



MAY 12, 2018: SUMMER SESSION WORKSHOP (NO GUEST)

*This session took place at the Penn LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce St.



April 14, 2018: Chapbook reading and celebration

We celebrated the launch of 11 chapbooks by transcribez participants with a reading and party.



March 10, 2018: Guest Writer Faye Chevalier

Faye Chevalier is the Nonfiction Editor of Apiary Magazine and a Master’s student at Temple University. Her work appears in places like Bedfellows Horse Less Review, Alien Mouth, and elsewhere.


February 10, 2018: Guest Writers Davy Knittle and Levi Bentley

Guest writers Davy Knittle and Levi Bentley received a Leeway Foundation Art & Change grant to produce individual chapbooks (short books of literary writing) for youth in transcribez. This month’s transcribez will be a special session devoted to how to put together a chapbook manuscript, including tips on how to edit your work.

Davy Knittle is the author of the chapbooks empathy for cars / force of july (horse less press 2016) and cyclorama (the operating system 2015). His poems and reviews have appeared recently in Jacket2, Fence, Denver Quarterly and The Brooklyn Rail. He lives in Philadelphia where he curates the City Planning Poetics series at the Kelly Writers House.

Levi Bentley organizes the reading series Housework and edits with Jonathan Hamilton the journal Boneless Skinless. Bucolic Eclogue was released from Lamehouse Press in July 2016. They live in Philadelphia.


January 20, 2018: Guest Writer CAConrad

Special 3 hour session, 12 PM - 3 PM!

CAConrad’s childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for their mother and helping her shoplift. They are the author of nine books of poetry and essays, the latest While Standing in Line for Death from Wave Books (September 2017). They are a Pew Fellow and have also received fellowships from Lannan Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts, Banff, RADAR, Flying Object and Ucross.


December 9, 2017: Guest Writer JD Stokely

JD Stokely is a trickster-in-training, hailing from Philadelphia. Stokely devises, facilitates and curates performances around nostalgia, Queerness, the Black body, and home. They received an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2014, and completed an apprenticeship at the Arden Theatre Company in June 2016. Stokely has worked with local companies and collectives such as the Arden, Simpatico Theatre, InterAct, Inis Nua, and The Bearded Ladies Cabaret. They have also performed and produced shows throughout the UK and in the Czech Republic. Stokely is a 2016 Leeway Art and Change grant recipient, and premiered their latest work Mouth/Piece at Sanctuary@HERE Arts Center in February 2017. They are a co-founder of SUPER|object, a Queer curating collective that supports the work of local emerging artists, and A Collective Apparition, a group of LGBTQ Black artists whose art is “rooted in the past, but poised on the crux of the present & future.”

November 11, 2017: Guest Writer Nico Amador

Nico is a writer, community organizer, and educator who lives in Bristol, Vermont by way of Philadelphia and San Diego. His work has appeared in Poet Lore, Nimrod International Journal, MiPOesias, HOLD, Big Bell, Plenitude Magazine, bedfellows, and APIARY Magazine. He is an alumni of the Lambda Literary Foundation's Writer's Retreat and an editor with Thread Makes Blanket Press. Nico's first chapbook, "Flower Wars" was selected by Eduardo Corral as the recipient of the Anzaldúa Poetry Prize.


October 14, 2017: Guest Writer Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi

Dubbed the Ancient Jazz Priestess of Mother Africa, Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi is a Nigerian, Cuban, Indigenous, American Performance Artist, Author (Yemaya’s Daughters, Brew, Baltimore: A Love Letter, Wither, Remains: A Gathering of Bones, Keeper, Bone, and The Blood of A Thousand Roots), Teacher, Choreographer, Oracular Consultant, Spiritual Life Coach, Priestess, Speech Writer, Writing Coach, Advocate, a Founding Member of Force Collision.

She is the founder of The Inanna D Initiatives, which curates, produces and cultivates events and initiatives designed to center and celebrate the work of TGNC Artist of Color. She is the Founder, Producer and Curator of La Ti Do’s annual Celebration of Trans Artist and Capturing Fire’s Alchemy.

She is a 2016 Helen Hayes Nominee, the first Trans Woman of Color in DC to publish a work of Fiction, as well as the first Twoc Playwright to be chosen for Theater Alliance’s Hothouse Festival, having her play Absalom read at the Kenney Center’s Prelude Festival. From Baltimore Maryland, and growing up singing jazz, she has been utilizing art as a tool for healing, revolution and collective liberation since she was a child giving birth to several arts advocacy initiatives.


September 9, 2017: Guest Writer Raquel Salas Rivera

Raquel Salas Rivera es unx poeta, traductorx, ensayista, y educadorx puertorriqueñx que vive y trabaja en Filadelfia. Ha publicado poemas, traducciones y ensayos en numerosas revistas y antologías; también ha publicado cuatro libros de poesía: Caneca de anhelos turbios (2011), oropel/tinsel (2016), huequitos/holies (2016) y tierra intermitente (2017). Actualmente, es editorx contribuyente y traductorx para The Wanderer. Si para Roque Dalton no existe revolución sin poesía, para Raquel no existe poesía sin Puerto Rico.

Raquel Salas Rivera is a Puerto Rican poet, translator, essayist, and educator living and working in Philadelphia. They have published poetry, translations, and essays in numerous anthologies and journals, and as well as four poetry books: Caneca de anhelos turbios (2011), oropel/tinsel (2016), huequitos/holies (2016) and tierra intermitente (2017). Currently, they are a contributing editor and translator at The Wanderer. If for Roque Dalton there is no revolution without poetry, for Raquel there is no poetry without Puerto Rico.


2016-2017

August 12, 2017: SUMMER SESSION WORKSHOP (NO GUEST)

*This session took place at the Penn LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce St.



July 8, 2017: SUMMER SESSION WORKSHOP (NO GUEST)

*This session took place at the Penn LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce St.



June 10, 2017: SUMMER SESSION WORKSHOP (NO GUEST)

*This session took place at the Penn LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce St.



MAY 13, 2017: SUMMER SESSION WORKSHOP (NO GUEST)

*This session took place at the Penn LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce St.



April 8, 2017: End-of-year party and chapbook launch

We will have an end-of- year celebration at Kelly Writers House where the youth can share their writing with friends and family.


March 11, 2017: Guest Writer Davy Knittle

*This session at Penn LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce St.

Davy Knittle is a poet whose chapbooks include empathy for cars / force of july (horse less press) and cyclorama (the operating system). He is a PhD candidate in English at Penn, where he thinks about what cities and poetry have to say to each other, and how poetry might help cities make room for everyone who lives in them.


February 11, 2017: Guest Writer Trish Salah

Trish Salah is a Lebanese/Irish-Canadian feminist writer and educator whose writing addresses trans themes as well as questions of diasporic Arab identity, anti-racism, queer politics and economic and social justice. Her first volume of poetry, Wanting in Arabic, published in 2002 then reissued, won the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Fiction in 2014. Roof Books published her second book, Lyric Sexology Vol. 1, in 2014.


January 14, 2017: Guest Writer Cyree Jarelle Johnson

Cyree Jarelle Johnson is a Black non-binary essayist and poet living and working in New York. Their writing considers disability as a cyborg femme reality, femininity as resistance and rebellion, and Black pessimism. They are a founding member of A Collective Apparition, a Black queer and trans interdisciplinary arts collective. Their work has been featured in publications both domestically and internationally including Black Girl Dangerous, Feministing, and in the anthology Poems for the Queer Revolution.


December 10, 2016: Guest Writer 18

A founding member of the METROPOLARITY sci-fi collective, Eighteen is a hybrid mestiza cyborg and Philadelphia native who is frustrated/pissed with institutional distinction, empire and white supremacy, and fixed rather than fluid treatment of language and identity. They consider the spoken and written word handy and inexpensive tools for deconstructing oppressive world-ordering narratives.


November 12, 2016: Guest Writers Levi Bentley and Leah B.

Levi Bentley co-organizes the Philadelphia reading series Housework at Chapterhouse. Their chapbook of poems, Bucolic Eclogues, from a larger manuscript of the same title, was released from Lamehouse Press in July 2016.

Leah B (Ksenya Leah Basarab) creates experimental musical fragments and prose/narrative/essay-form written works. Her musical pieces are an energized form of communication that involves sharing a myraid of emotions, memories, and opinions via varying vocalizations, a bass guitar, timing effects/layers, sometimes a piano, and more rarely a cello.


October 8, 2016: Guest Writer Kavi Ade

*This session at Penn LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce St.

Kavindu "Kavi" Ade is a writer, activist, arts educator, and nationally recognized spoken word poet. While best known for their gender identity poem titled "IT," Kavi's work most often bridges the realms of personal and political identity – navigating what it means to be Black, Transgender, Queer, and first-generation American all at once. Through their poetry the world unfolds itself in moments of cruelty, rage, and grief, but also beauty, wonder, and becoming.


September 10, 2016: Otter Jung-Allen

For our first session of transcribez we had a special guest visit from Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate, Otter Jung-Allen