Poetry Reading

Failure To Con/Form: Shelter ~ Sin Con/Formarse: Albergue

spotlighting the work of local & national trans, genderqueer, intersex & gender-non-conforming writers, performers & artists!


FAILURE TO CON/FORM: SHELTER

featuring Dee Dee Watters, Koomah, Vanessa Garcia & Wo Chan!



Join Failure to Con/Form for an evening of performance, poetry, storytelling, & more, spotlighting the work of local & national trans, genderqueer, intersex & gender-non-conforming writers, performers & artists! The theme of the evening is SHELTER, in response to shared stories & conversations with Houston-area trans & gender-non-conforming folx.



Saturday, August 25, 2018

7p DOORS OPEN FOR MINGLING, SNACKS & DRINKS

8p SHOW

TO BE HELD AT CASA ANANDREA

RSVP through eventbrite to get the address



FREE but donations will be taken for Organización Latina de Trans en Texas (OLTT) & Casa Anandrea.



ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION:



This event will feature live interpretation between Spanish & English.



The performance will be held in a backyard space accessible to wheelchairs via the driveway, but the bathroom accommodations are not accessible to wheelchair users.



To provide a chemical & fragrance free event, we request that participants not smoke before or during the event & not wear colognes, perfumes or other scented or chemical products to the event. For more information, look at this resource: https://invisibledisabilities.org/ida-books-pamphlets/chemicalsensitivities/fragrancefreezone/



For any accessibility-related questions & needs, please email us at failuretoconformhouston@gmail.com



ABOUT OLTT & CASA ANANDREA:



OLTT aims to protect, support, & advocate for the Latina transgender community in Texas, while also working intersectionally with the entire spectrum of the Latinx LGBTQI community and all trans people. OLTT seeks to help its members with issues surrounding immigration, changing their name & gender marker on government-issued IDs, HIV-prevention & where to receive culturally competent healthcare services. The mission of OLTT is to defend, protect & ensure equal rights for trans people in Texas; to create & maintain a physical space where trans folks are able to educate themselves & analyze legal situations; & to have basic access to healthcare, social protections & human rights & justice for our trans population.



Casa Anandrea is a shelter OLTT runs to provide Houston’s only emergency refuge specifically for undocumented trans, queer, & non-binary people; it is the only organization nationally that provides shelter for immigrants leaving detention centers.



ABOUT OUR FEATURED PERFORMERS:



Wo Chan is a nonbinary poet & drag performer living in Brooklyn. Wo is the author of the chapbook ORDER THE WORLD, MOM (Belladonna), & has received honors from the New York Foundation of the Arts, Kundiman, Lambda Literary, & the Asian American Writers Workshop. 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, & BAM Fisher. Wo was born in Macau, China, & currently lives in New York where they are an MFA Candidate in Poetry at NYU. You can find them on Instagram at @theillustriouspearl​.



Vanessa Garcia (Vanessa Brandon) is an immigrant, transgender woman who came to this country in 2002, arriving to the border city of Brownsville, Texas in search of better opportunities & an improved quality of life. In 2006, she moved to Houston which has become her second home; here, her work as an impersonator of different Latina artists has opened doors to many work opportunities. Currently, she is an active member of the Organización Latina de Trans en Texas, fighting for safety & rights for immigrant trans Latinas. In 2015, she took on a position on the board of the organization & was named the President of the board, becoming one of the people responsible for organizational decision making. She is committed to the struggle for the rights of Latina transwomen in the state of Texas.



Koomah is an intersex-bodied queer genderfluid multidisciplinary grassroots artist, performer, filmmaker, LGBTQI educator, & part-time hermaphrodite unicorn. Active in the arts since 2003, Koomah seeks to challenge audience's boundaries & perceptions of sex, gender, & sexuality while encouraging audiences to ask questions, see from new perspectives, be vulnerable, & ponder social norms. Koomah is co-founder of The Houston Intersex Society, board member of Transgender Foundation of America & Houston Transgender Unity Committee, founding member of CHAA (LGBTQI Collective of Houston Asian Americans), member of InterACT, lead organizer of Gender Reel Houston film fest, founder of TEX-KAN artist retreat, & creator of Bad Date List Houston sex worker safety resource. Koomah has performed, showcased artwork, presented workshops & lectures, & screened films across the US & internationally.



Dee Dee Watters is a Transgender leader, teacher & performer. Using her skills & talent to not only entertain but to also educate! Providing infotainment in the form of spoken word, monologues & soon to come short films! Dee Dee has been listed in various magazines, such as the Huffington Post, the Ambassador, OutSmart & many others! She’s also been featured on TLC’s my 600 Pound Life to mentor a trans guest on the show. For booking or more information visit www.deedeewatters.com or email contact@deedeewatters.com.



ABOUT FAILURE TO CON/FORM:



Failure to Con/Form is an ad-hoc group of gender-non-conforming writers, performers & artists who have come together to sponsor a series of performance events in 2018 in local sites of restriction & healing/safety; the events feature local & nationally recognized trans, genderqueer, intersex & gender-non-conforming writers, performers & artists. Failure to Con/Form is curated by Ching-In Chen, John Pluecker, Cassie Mira, & Addie Tsai. https://failuretoconformhouston.wordpress.com/



Since May 2012, Failure to Con/Form’s collaborator, Failure to Identify, has been an experiment in creating spaces for innovative, interdisciplinary & risk-taking writers & artists to perform for Houston publics. These events have usually featured writers from out-of-town in conjunction with locally-based folk. The series has no fixed schedule & is super-occasional & super-dependent on happy coincidences & friendly participants.



This project is made possible with support from The Idea Fund. The Idea Fund is a re-granting program administered by DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, & Project Row Houses & funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.



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Imagen para Facebook

(Artistas de Izquierda a Derecha: Wo Chan, Vanessa Garcia, Koomah & Dee Dee Watters)



SIN CON/FORMARSE: ALBERGUE

¡Con presentaciones de Dee Dee Watters, Koomah, Vanessa Garcia & Wo Chan!



Acompáñanos en Dejar de Con/Formarse, una velada con presentaciones de performance, poesía, narración y más, destacando el trabajo de escritorxs, performerxs y artistas trans, no binarixs, intersexuales y de género no conforme, de la ciudad y de otras partes del país. El tema de la velada es ALBERGUE, en respuesta a historias compartidas y conversaciones con personas trans y de género no conforme de la zona de Houston.



Sábado, 25 de agosto de 2018

7 pm SE ABREN LAS PUERTAS PARA SOCIALIZAR, BOTANAS & BEBIDAS

8 pm ESPECTÁCULO

EL EVENTO SE REALIZARÁ EN CASA ANANDREA

Si consigues boletos a través de Eventbrite, también se le enviará la dirección.



LA ENTRADA ES GRATUITA pero se recibirán donaciones para la Organización Latina de Trans en Texas (OLTT) & para Casa Anandrea.



INFORMACION SOBRE ACCESIBILIDAD:



Este evento contará con interpretación en vivo entre el español y el inglés.



La presentación se realizará en un espacio situado en un patio trasero al que es posible acceder en silla de rueda entrando por la entrada de automóviles, sin embargo las instalaciones de baño no son accesibles para quienes usan silla de ruedas.



Para poder ofrecer un evento libre de químicos & de fragancias le pedimos a quienes asistan que no fumen antes de o durante el evento y que no utilizen colonias, perfumes u otros productos químicos con aroma. Para más información sobre este tema, consulta la siguiente fuente: https://invisibledisabilities.org/ida-books-pamphlets/chemicalsensitivities/fragrancefreezone/



Si tienes alguna pregunta o solicitud relativas a la accesibilidad, por favor escríbenos al correo electrónico failuretoconformhouston@gmail.com



SOBRE OLTT & CASA ANANDREA:



OLTT se propone proteger, apoyar y abogar a favor de la comunidad de personas latinas transgénero en Texas, además de trabajar interseccionalmente con todo el colectivo LGBTQI latino y personas trans en general. OLTT busca prestarle auxilio a su membresía en asuntos relativos a la inmigración, el cambio de nombre y de designación de género en documentos de identidad gubernamentales, la prevención del virus VIH e información sobre dónde recibir servicios de salud culturalmente competentes. La misión de OLTT consiste en defender, proteger y asegurar la igualdad de derechos para las personas trans en Texas; en crear y mantener un espacio físico donde las personas trans puedan educarse y analizar situaciones legales; y que haya un acceso básico a servicios de salud, protecciones sociales y derechos humanos y justicia para la población trans.



Casa Anandrea es un albergue administrado por OLTT con el fin de ofrecer el único albergue de emergencia en Houston específicamente dirigido a personas indocumentadas trans, cuir y no-binarias. Es la única organización que provee vivienda en todo el país a personas inmigrantes que salen de los centros de detención.



SOBRE LXS ARTISTAS QUE SE PRESENTARÁN:



Wo Chan es unx poeta y artista drag no-binarix que reside actualmente en Brooklyn. Wo ha publicado el folleto ORDER THE WORLD, MOM (Belladonna), & ha recibido reconocimientos de la New York Foundation of the Arts, Kundiman, Lambda Literary & la Asian American Writers Workshop. Como integrante de la colectiva de drag/burlesque Switch N’ Play de Brooklyn, Wo se ha presentado en lugares como MOMA PS1, Joe’s Pub, National Sawdust, New York Live Arts, & BAM Fisher. Wo nació en Macao, China, & vive actualmente en Nueva York donde es Candidata al MFA en Poesía de la universidad NYU. Lx encuentras en Instragram como @theillustriouspearl​.



Vanessa Garcia (Vanessa Brandon) es una mujer inmigrante transgénero que vino a este país en 2002, cuando llegó a la ciudad fronteriza de Brownsville, Texas, en busca de oportunidades y de una mejor calidad de vida. En 2006 se mudó a Houston, que se ha convertido en su segundo hogar; aquí, gracias a su trabajo como imitadora de distintas artistas latinas ha logrado acceder a muchas oportunidades laborales. Actualmente es miembra activa de la Organización Latina de Trans en Texas, donde lucha por la seguridad y los derechos de las personas trans latinas inmigrantes. En 2015 asumió un puesto en la junta de la organización y se le nombró Presidenta de la junta, convirtiéndose así en una de las personas responsables por la toma de decisiones en la organización. Está comprometida con la lucha por los derechos de las mujeres trans latinas en el estado de Texas.



Koomah es una persona de cuerpo intersexual cuir de género fluido, artista activista que trabaja en múltiples disciplinas, performista, cineasta, educadorx LGBTQI & unicornio hermafrodita de medio tiempo. Koomah trabaja en las artes desde 2003, buscando desafiar las fronteras del público y sus maneras de percibir el sexo, el género y la sexualidad a la vez que le incita a formularse preguntas, a ver las cosas desde nuevos puntos de vista, a ser vulnerable y a meditar en torno a las normativas sociales. Koomah es co-fundadorx de la Houston Intersex Society, pertenece a la junta de la Transgender Foundation of America & el Houston Transgender Unity Committee, es miembrx fundadora de CHAA (Colectiva LGBTQI de Personas Asiático-Estadonunidenses de Houston), miembrx de InterACT, organizadorx principal del festival de cine Gender Reel Houston, fundadorx del retiro para artistas TEX-KAN & creadorx de Bad Date List, una herramienta de seguridad para personas dedicadas al trabajo sexual en Houston. Koomah ha presentado sus performancias y obras de arte, talleres y conferencias, y proyectado sus películas por todo Estados Unidos y en otros países.



Dee Dee Watters es una líder Transgénero, educadora y performista. Utiliza sus habilidades y su talento no solo para divertir sino también para educar! Ofrece entretenimiento informativo a través de la palabra hablada, monólogos y próximamente cortometrajes! Varias revistas como Huffington Post, The Ambassador, OutSmart & muchas más han incluido a Dee Dee en sus listados! Ha aparecido también en el programa My 600 Pound Life de TLC como tutora de una participante trans. Para contrataciones o más información visita la página www.deedeewatters.com o escribe un mensaje a contact@deedeewatters.com.



SOBRE SIN CON/FORMARSE:



Sin Con/Formarse es una agrupación ad-hoc de escritorxs, performistas y artistas de género no binario, que se han reunido para patrocinar una serie de eventos de performance durante 2018 en espacios locales de restricción y sanación/seguridad; en los eventos se presentan escritorxs, performistas y artistas trans, no binarixs, intersexuales & no conformes reconocidxs a nivel local & nacional. Dejar de Con/Formarse es curada por Ching-In Chen, John Pluecker, Cassie Mira & Addie Tsai. https://failuretoconformhouston.wordpress.com/



Desde 2012 Sin Identificarse, en colaboración con Dejar de Con/Formarse, ha sido un experimento en la creación de espacios donde escritorxs y artistas innovadorxs, interdisciplinarixs y arriesgadxs pueden presentar su trabajo ante los públicos de Houston. Por lo general estos eventos incluyen a escritorxs de otras ciudades junto con personas locales. La serie no tiene un calendario fijo y es súper de vez en cuando & súper cuando se presentan alegres coincidencias y participaciones amistosas.



Este proyecto ha sido posible gracias al apoyo de The Idea Fund. The Idea Fund es un programa que re-asigna becas, administrado por DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show y Project Row Houses, y financiado por The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.


When:
Aug 25, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:00 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
FREE but donations will be taken for Organización Latina de Trans en Texas (OLTT) & Casa Anandrea
Location:

Failure To Con/Form: Shelter ~ Sin Con/Formarse: Albergue

spotlighting the work of local & national trans, genderqueer, intersex & gender-non-conforming writers, performers & artists!


FAILURE TO CON/FORM: SHELTER

featuring Dee Dee Watters, Koomah, Vanessa Garcia & Wo Chan!



Join Failure to Con/Form for an evening of performance, poetry, storytelling, & more, spotlighting the work of local & national trans, genderqueer, intersex & gender-non-conforming writers, performers & artists! The theme of the evening is SHELTER, in response to shared stories & conversations with Houston-area trans & gender-non-conforming folx.



Saturday, August 25, 2018

7p DOORS OPEN FOR MINGLING, SNACKS & DRINKS

8p SHOW

TO BE HELD AT CASA ANANDREA

RSVP through eventbrite to get the address



FREE but donations will be taken for Organización Latina de Trans en Texas (OLTT) & Casa Anandrea.



ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION:



This event will feature live interpretation between Spanish & English.



The performance will be held in a backyard space accessible to wheelchairs via the driveway, but the bathroom accommodations are not accessible to wheelchair users.



To provide a chemical & fragrance free event, we request that participants not smoke before or during the event & not wear colognes, perfumes or other scented or chemical products to the event. For more information, look at this resource: https://invisibledisabilities.org/ida-books-pamphlets/chemicalsensitivities/fragrancefreezone/



For any accessibility-related questions & needs, please email us at failuretoconformhouston@gmail.com



ABOUT OLTT & CASA ANANDREA:



OLTT aims to protect, support, & advocate for the Latina transgender community in Texas, while also working intersectionally with the entire spectrum of the Latinx LGBTQI community and all trans people. OLTT seeks to help its members with issues surrounding immigration, changing their name & gender marker on government-issued IDs, HIV-prevention & where to receive culturally competent healthcare services. The mission of OLTT is to defend, protect & ensure equal rights for trans people in Texas; to create & maintain a physical space where trans folks are able to educate themselves & analyze legal situations; & to have basic access to healthcare, social protections & human rights & justice for our trans population.



Casa Anandrea is a shelter OLTT runs to provide Houston’s only emergency refuge specifically for undocumented trans, queer, & non-binary people; it is the only organization nationally that provides shelter for immigrants leaving detention centers.



ABOUT OUR FEATURED PERFORMERS:



Wo Chan is a nonbinary poet & drag performer living in Brooklyn. Wo is the author of the chapbook ORDER THE WORLD, MOM (Belladonna), & has received honors from the New York Foundation of the Arts, Kundiman, Lambda Literary, & the Asian American Writers Workshop. 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, & BAM Fisher. Wo was born in Macau, China, & currently lives in New York where they are an MFA Candidate in Poetry at NYU. You can find them on Instagram at @theillustriouspearl​.



Vanessa Garcia (Vanessa Brandon) is an immigrant, transgender woman who came to this country in 2002, arriving to the border city of Brownsville, Texas in search of better opportunities & an improved quality of life. In 2006, she moved to Houston which has become her second home; here, her work as an impersonator of different Latina artists has opened doors to many work opportunities. Currently, she is an active member of the Organización Latina de Trans en Texas, fighting for safety & rights for immigrant trans Latinas. In 2015, she took on a position on the board of the organization & was named the President of the board, becoming one of the people responsible for organizational decision making. She is committed to the struggle for the rights of Latina transwomen in the state of Texas.



Koomah is an intersex-bodied queer genderfluid multidisciplinary grassroots artist, performer, filmmaker, LGBTQI educator, & part-time hermaphrodite unicorn. Active in the arts since 2003, Koomah seeks to challenge audience's boundaries & perceptions of sex, gender, & sexuality while encouraging audiences to ask questions, see from new perspectives, be vulnerable, & ponder social norms. Koomah is co-founder of The Houston Intersex Society, board member of Transgender Foundation of America & Houston Transgender Unity Committee, founding member of CHAA (LGBTQI Collective of Houston Asian Americans), member of InterACT, lead organizer of Gender Reel Houston film fest, founder of TEX-KAN artist retreat, & creator of Bad Date List Houston sex worker safety resource. Koomah has performed, showcased artwork, presented workshops & lectures, & screened films across the US & internationally.



Dee Dee Watters is a Transgender leader, teacher & performer. Using her skills & talent to not only entertain but to also educate! Providing infotainment in the form of spoken word, monologues & soon to come short films! Dee Dee has been listed in various magazines, such as the Huffington Post, the Ambassador, OutSmart & many others! She’s also been featured on TLC’s my 600 Pound Life to mentor a trans guest on the show. For booking or more information visit www.deedeewatters.com or email contact@deedeewatters.com.



ABOUT FAILURE TO CON/FORM:



Failure to Con/Form is an ad-hoc group of gender-non-conforming writers, performers & artists who have come together to sponsor a series of performance events in 2018 in local sites of restriction & healing/safety; the events feature local & nationally recognized trans, genderqueer, intersex & gender-non-conforming writers, performers & artists. Failure to Con/Form is curated by Ching-In Chen, John Pluecker, Cassie Mira, & Addie Tsai. https://failuretoconformhouston.wordpress.com/



Since May 2012, Failure to Con/Form’s collaborator, Failure to Identify, has been an experiment in creating spaces for innovative, interdisciplinary & risk-taking writers & artists to perform for Houston publics. These events have usually featured writers from out-of-town in conjunction with locally-based folk. The series has no fixed schedule & is super-occasional & super-dependent on happy coincidences & friendly participants.



This project is made possible with support from The Idea Fund. The Idea Fund is a re-granting program administered by DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, & Project Row Houses & funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.



++++



Imagen para Facebook

(Artistas de Izquierda a Derecha: Wo Chan, Vanessa Garcia, Koomah & Dee Dee Watters)



SIN CON/FORMARSE: ALBERGUE

¡Con presentaciones de Dee Dee Watters, Koomah, Vanessa Garcia & Wo Chan!



Acompáñanos en Dejar de Con/Formarse, una velada con presentaciones de performance, poesía, narración y más, destacando el trabajo de escritorxs, performerxs y artistas trans, no binarixs, intersexuales y de género no conforme, de la ciudad y de otras partes del país. El tema de la velada es ALBERGUE, en respuesta a historias compartidas y conversaciones con personas trans y de género no conforme de la zona de Houston.



Sábado, 25 de agosto de 2018

7 pm SE ABREN LAS PUERTAS PARA SOCIALIZAR, BOTANAS & BEBIDAS

8 pm ESPECTÁCULO

EL EVENTO SE REALIZARÁ EN CASA ANANDREA

Si consigues boletos a través de Eventbrite, también se le enviará la dirección.



LA ENTRADA ES GRATUITA pero se recibirán donaciones para la Organización Latina de Trans en Texas (OLTT) & para Casa Anandrea.



INFORMACION SOBRE ACCESIBILIDAD:



Este evento contará con interpretación en vivo entre el español y el inglés.



La presentación se realizará en un espacio situado en un patio trasero al que es posible acceder en silla de rueda entrando por la entrada de automóviles, sin embargo las instalaciones de baño no son accesibles para quienes usan silla de ruedas.



Para poder ofrecer un evento libre de químicos & de fragancias le pedimos a quienes asistan que no fumen antes de o durante el evento y que no utilizen colonias, perfumes u otros productos químicos con aroma. Para más información sobre este tema, consulta la siguiente fuente: https://invisibledisabilities.org/ida-books-pamphlets/chemicalsensitivities/fragrancefreezone/



Si tienes alguna pregunta o solicitud relativas a la accesibilidad, por favor escríbenos al correo electrónico failuretoconformhouston@gmail.com



SOBRE OLTT & CASA ANANDREA:



OLTT se propone proteger, apoyar y abogar a favor de la comunidad de personas latinas transgénero en Texas, además de trabajar interseccionalmente con todo el colectivo LGBTQI latino y personas trans en general. OLTT busca prestarle auxilio a su membresía en asuntos relativos a la inmigración, el cambio de nombre y de designación de género en documentos de identidad gubernamentales, la prevención del virus VIH e información sobre dónde recibir servicios de salud culturalmente competentes. La misión de OLTT consiste en defender, proteger y asegurar la igualdad de derechos para las personas trans en Texas; en crear y mantener un espacio físico donde las personas trans puedan educarse y analizar situaciones legales; y que haya un acceso básico a servicios de salud, protecciones sociales y derechos humanos y justicia para la población trans.



Casa Anandrea es un albergue administrado por OLTT con el fin de ofrecer el único albergue de emergencia en Houston específicamente dirigido a personas indocumentadas trans, cuir y no-binarias. Es la única organización que provee vivienda en todo el país a personas inmigrantes que salen de los centros de detención.



SOBRE LXS ARTISTAS QUE SE PRESENTARÁN:



Wo Chan es unx poeta y artista drag no-binarix que reside actualmente en Brooklyn. Wo ha publicado el folleto ORDER THE WORLD, MOM (Belladonna), & ha recibido reconocimientos de la New York Foundation of the Arts, Kundiman, Lambda Literary & la Asian American Writers Workshop. Como integrante de la colectiva de drag/burlesque Switch N’ Play de Brooklyn, Wo se ha presentado en lugares como MOMA PS1, Joe’s Pub, National Sawdust, New York Live Arts, & BAM Fisher. Wo nació en Macao, China, & vive actualmente en Nueva York donde es Candidata al MFA en Poesía de la universidad NYU. Lx encuentras en Instragram como @theillustriouspearl​.



Vanessa Garcia (Vanessa Brandon) es una mujer inmigrante transgénero que vino a este país en 2002, cuando llegó a la ciudad fronteriza de Brownsville, Texas, en busca de oportunidades y de una mejor calidad de vida. En 2006 se mudó a Houston, que se ha convertido en su segundo hogar; aquí, gracias a su trabajo como imitadora de distintas artistas latinas ha logrado acceder a muchas oportunidades laborales. Actualmente es miembra activa de la Organización Latina de Trans en Texas, donde lucha por la seguridad y los derechos de las personas trans latinas inmigrantes. En 2015 asumió un puesto en la junta de la organización y se le nombró Presidenta de la junta, convirtiéndose así en una de las personas responsables por la toma de decisiones en la organización. Está comprometida con la lucha por los derechos de las mujeres trans latinas en el estado de Texas.



Koomah es una persona de cuerpo intersexual cuir de género fluido, artista activista que trabaja en múltiples disciplinas, performista, cineasta, educadorx LGBTQI & unicornio hermafrodita de medio tiempo. Koomah trabaja en las artes desde 2003, buscando desafiar las fronteras del público y sus maneras de percibir el sexo, el género y la sexualidad a la vez que le incita a formularse preguntas, a ver las cosas desde nuevos puntos de vista, a ser vulnerable y a meditar en torno a las normativas sociales. Koomah es co-fundadorx de la Houston Intersex Society, pertenece a la junta de la Transgender Foundation of America & el Houston Transgender Unity Committee, es miembrx fundadora de CHAA (Colectiva LGBTQI de Personas Asiático-Estadonunidenses de Houston), miembrx de InterACT, organizadorx principal del festival de cine Gender Reel Houston, fundadorx del retiro para artistas TEX-KAN & creadorx de Bad Date List, una herramienta de seguridad para personas dedicadas al trabajo sexual en Houston. Koomah ha presentado sus performancias y obras de arte, talleres y conferencias, y proyectado sus películas por todo Estados Unidos y en otros países.



Dee Dee Watters es una líder Transgénero, educadora y performista. Utiliza sus habilidades y su talento no solo para divertir sino también para educar! Ofrece entretenimiento informativo a través de la palabra hablada, monólogos y próximamente cortometrajes! Varias revistas como Huffington Post, The Ambassador, OutSmart & muchas más han incluido a Dee Dee en sus listados! Ha aparecido también en el programa My 600 Pound Life de TLC como tutora de una participante trans. Para contrataciones o más información visita la página www.deedeewatters.com o escribe un mensaje a contact@deedeewatters.com.



SOBRE SIN CON/FORMARSE:



Sin Con/Formarse es una agrupación ad-hoc de escritorxs, performistas y artistas de género no binario, que se han reunido para patrocinar una serie de eventos de performance durante 2018 en espacios locales de restricción y sanación/seguridad; en los eventos se presentan escritorxs, performistas y artistas trans, no binarixs, intersexuales & no conformes reconocidxs a nivel local & nacional. Dejar de Con/Formarse es curada por Ching-In Chen, John Pluecker, Cassie Mira & Addie Tsai. https://failuretoconformhouston.wordpress.com/



Desde 2012 Sin Identificarse, en colaboración con Dejar de Con/Formarse, ha sido un experimento en la creación de espacios donde escritorxs y artistas innovadorxs, interdisciplinarixs y arriesgadxs pueden presentar su trabajo ante los públicos de Houston. Por lo general estos eventos incluyen a escritorxs de otras ciudades junto con personas locales. La serie no tiene un calendario fijo y es súper de vez en cuando & súper cuando se presentan alegres coincidencias y participaciones amistosas.



Este proyecto ha sido posible gracias al apoyo de The Idea Fund. The Idea Fund es un programa que re-asigna becas, administrado por DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show y Project Row Houses, y financiado por The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.


When:
Aug 25, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:00 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
FREE but donations will be taken for Organización Latina de Trans en Texas (OLTT) & Casa Anandrea
Location:

Voices of Color Open Mic: A celebration of Houston Writers

JOIN US FOR AN OPEN MIC CELEBRATING THE VOICES OF HOUSTON’S WRITERS OF COLOR!

Whether poets or prose writers, playwrights or young adult authors, Houston-based writers of color have roots around the country and globe and work in every conceivable genre, style, and across languages. If you identify as a writer of color, bring your fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and everything in-between to read on the Voices of Color stage! Fuente Collective is co-hosting this event with Adrienne Perry, who will be the evening's emcee. 

INFO: This event is free and open to the public. Open mic signup will start at 6.30 pm on the night of the event. Get there early to secure a 5-minute spot. 

WHAT TO READ: Anything. In any language. Bring your poems about Peter Pan, flash fiction about encounters with feral kitties, essays imparting visions of love and world peace, or the newest pages in your YA novel. The field of possibility is wide open, so read work that speaks your truth and share what inspires you. 

WHAT NOT TO READ: We will not tolerate readings that are racist, sexist, ableist, or contain hate speech against any minority groups. We reserve the right to end any reading with material or themes we deem unacceptable for these or other reasons. 

ABOUT ADRIENNE PERRY
Adrienne Perry grew up in Wyoming and earned her MFA from Warren Wilson College in 2013. From 2014-2016 she served as Editor of Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. Adrienne has received a Hedgebrook residency, is a Kimbilio Fellow, a member of the Rabble Collective, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Black Warrior Review, Indiana Review, Tidal Basin Review, and elsewhere. She is at work on a novel and a collection of essays.
When:
May 9, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:

Folk & Art Tales

http://www.jomarvisions.com/folk-and-art-tales

This month, we become storytellers through our artwork.  From the tall tales to revered folklore of our past, we knit it together and show the world what we're made of.  If you're an artist you may participate in the show, if you just love art then come to the show as a guest.  Either way, fun will be had by all.

 

There will be live music, bites and drinks and this event is in conjunction with JoMar Visions Third Saturday open Studios. 

When:
Jul 15, 2017
Cost:
Free
Time:
3:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes

"Piece of Mind"


Stark Nova alongside @poeticsoulbee is proud to announce "Piece of Mind". Come out for live poetry from local talents as well as art from local Houston artist. Free drinks will be provided! Stark Nova gear will also be for sale so please come support and leave with something nice. 

When:
Jun 10, 2017 to Jun 11, 2017
Cost:
$10
Time:
9:00 pm to 12:00 am

Purple Legend Poetry Show


Savannah Blue Arts & Outreach with Central Houston Public Library Joint Partnership Presents the "Purple Legend Poetry Show" We will have Poets performing in honor of Prince. We will have a Prince Tribute performance by Kiland Lee "Mr. Houston". Also, we will have Femme Blaicaaso the Artist doing a live Speed Painting of Prince during the show. The incredible "Jem thePoet" will be hosting this show as we get to experience the vibes from DJ "Ol Skool". This is a tribute to honor the late legend Prince and is being held on his birthday. We are excited about this adventure with Houston Public Library. This event is a No Cover Charge Event and will be so much fun..


When:
Jun 7, 2017
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Spontaneous Combustion

Spontaneous Combustion at Rockstar Gallery: Bringing two art forms together, art and poetry!

An Ekphrastic Poetry Experience. Poets, join
us for this one of a kind contest, based on Allen Ginsberg’s famous
phrase “First thought best thought” which described the Beat poets’ love
for spontaneity and immediacy in the arts. You are invited to
contemplate artwork by the featured artists at Rockstar gallery and to
write a poem in response to one of the pieces. Yes, you will turn down
your inner editor and tune in to what the art says to you in the moment.
Poets will have one hour to pen an ekphrastic poem, which they will
read to an audience of listeners, posting their poem beside the piece
that inspired it. The audience will then vote on their favorite poem of
the evening. Editing is overrated! It is time to just combust!

When:
Apr 19, 2017
Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy a night of art and poetry! Write a poem on your favorite piece of art, and read it at the end of the night, or just come and enjoy the night and see the art and hear the poetry.
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Wednesday Time & Price:
7:00 - 9:30 FREE
Location:

Poetry Slam + Catalogue Release Party


The "Origins of the Self" catalogue is hot of the presses! Come celebrate with an evening of poetry read and performed by Houston-based teens.

With the exhibition as a backdrop, young poets will read works reflecting the exhibition’s theme of identity. The exhibition catalogue contains essays by Teen Council member Isabella Neblett, and the Teen Council and Public Programs Coordinator, as well as installation photographs and a full list of artworks featured in the exhibition. Catalogues will be available for purchase through in the Museum Shop. This program will be organized by CAMH’s Teen Council.
When:
Mar 23, 2017
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Writefest Workshoppers Showcase & Open Mic

Writefest: A Literary Journal Festival for Emerging Writers

OPEN MIC
​THURSDAY, MARCH 9TH 7-9PM
LOCATION:​BRASIL
2604 DUNLAVY ST, HOUSTON, TX 77006

In keeping with tradition, we're once again hosting a big open mic event on the Thursday night of Writefest week! Join us to hear Writefest workshoppers read some of the the pieces they've been working on, as well as other Houston poets and writers who want to share their work.

Any genre and form. 
5 minutes per reader. 

Free and open to the public. 

To sign up to read, send us an email at write@writespacehouston.org.

About Writefest:
Writefest is a week-long writers festival taking place March 6-12th, 2017 in Houston, TX. It is hosted by Writespace, Houston's grassroots nonprofit literary arts center. The festival kicks off with a series of Monday-Thursday workshops and culminates in a weekend filled with panels and presentations by local and national writers and literary journal editors of all genres, a Literary Journal Fair, and readings by local and nationally-recognized authors.For more information about the festival, visit www.writefesthouston.com or @WritefestTX. Writefest is funded by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. Writespace is a fiscally sponsored project of Fresh Arts.
When:
Mar 9, 2017
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Thursday Time & Price:
7:00PM FREE
Location:

Writefest Instructor's Reading & Holler Happy Hour

Writefest: A Literary Journal Festival for Emerging Writers

Writefest Instructor's Reading & Holler Happy Hour
March 8th, 2017 6-10pm. 
FREE TO THE PUBLIC

Join us Wednesday, March 8th 2017, 6-10pm for a literary evening featuring this year's Writefest workshop instructors, who will read excerpts of their work in a variety of genres. The reading will start at 7pm, but we'd love for you to join us as early as 6 pm to enjoy a $4-Beers Happy Hour hosted by Holler Brewing Co., Sawyer Yard's newest brewery. Local food truck Pita Bites will be on site.

Featured Readers: 
Kathy Fish - Instructor for Flash Fiction
Julia Rios - Instructor for Speculative Fiction
Thomas H. McNeely - Instructor for Fiction
Chelsey Clammer - Instructor for Creative Nonfiction/Memoir
Leslie Contreras Schwartz - Instructor for Poetry
Cassandra Clarke - Bonus Session Instructor
Marian Szczepanski - Bonus Session Instructor

About Writefest:
Writefest is a week-long writers festival taking place March 6-12th, 2017 in Houston, TX. It is hosted by Writespace, Houston's grassroots nonprofit literary arts center. The festival kicks off with a series of Monday-Thursday workshops and culminates in a weekend filled with panels and presentations by local and national writers and literary journal editors of all genres, a Literary Journal Fair, and readings by local and nationally-recognized authors.For more information about the festival, visit www.writefesthouston.com or @WritefestTX. Writefest is funded by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. Writespace is a fiscally sponsored project of Fresh Arts.

This event is free and open to the public.
When:
Mar 8, 2017
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Wednesday Time & Price:
6:00PM FREE
Location:


PO BOX 66494
Houston, TX 77266-6494


713.868.1839


Fresh Arts |  The Silos at Sawyer 1502 Sawyer St, Studio #103 Houston, TX 77007

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