Join us for the book launch of Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices. The editors, artists and some of the authors from the anthology will be sharing their work.

Copies of the anthology will be available for purchase, as well as art and other goodies from the contributors.

About the anthology:

Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices explores the physical and metaphorical significance of walls within the LGBTQ community. What stories do city walls, border walls, prison walls have to tell us? What stories are stuck inside bedroom walls, kitchen walls, and the walls that separate neighbors from each other? How do these walls mirror the ones we learned to build inside our bodies? And what have been the consequences? Over 45 international writers and artists reflect on these questions and more in this groundbreaking anthology. 

Featured Artists and Writers:

Tiffany Higgins
Alex Simões via Skype from Brazil
Alfonzo Moret
Amir Rabiyah
Helen Klonaris
Ahmunet Jessica Jordan
Celeste Chan
And special guests...

"This collection of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and visual art crackles with urgency, emotion and intelligence. It bursts forth from the pressurized isolation created by assumptions and ignorance, ushering into the world transformative stories that are vital to our survival." -Jewelle Gomez, author of The Gilda Stories

"Bravo, Amir Rabiyah and Helen Klonaris, for curating such an extraordinary community in the pages of Writing the Walls Down. What rises up is a chorus of poetry, story, and testimony that substantiates our varied queer experiences. Anyone who enters here will not feel isolated or alone because this book is an invitation into the heart of the powerful, life-saving word–a crucial place where many of us find our kindred spirit, our blessed haven, our tribe, our home." -Rigoberto González, author Unpeopled Eden

Helen Klonaris

Helen Klonaris is a Greek Bahamian writer living in the Bay Area, California, where she teaches creative writing and mythology at the Academy of Art University. Her work has appeared in numerous journals including The Caribbean Writer, SX Salon, Tongues of the Ocean, Poui, ProudFlesh, and Calyx, and several anthologies, including Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writings from the Antilles, and The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. Her story “Cowboy” was shortlisted in the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, and she has completed her debut collection of short stories, The Lovers.


Amir Rabiyah

Amir Rabiyah is a mixed-race, queer, trans, and disabled poet, performer and community educator. Amir’s work has been published in Mizna, Sukoon, The Cream City Review, Enizagam, Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation and more. They live in San Diego with their partner. 



NOTE: Please come FRAGRANCE FREE and refrain from wearing scented products such as perfumes, colognes, oils, lotions, support those attendees with mutliple chemical sensitivies, asthma and allergies.


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