Storytelling

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:

Subconscious Sketching Workshop

Join Lawndale to create your own graphite composition that navigates consciousness through techniques of automatic writing and drawing.


Subconscious Sketching Workshop

Sunday, January 14, 2018

1 - 3 PM

O’Quinn Gallery

$5 Lawndale Members; $10 non-Members



Join Lawndale on Sunday, January 14 from 1 - 3 PM for Subconscious Sketching inspired by Lynn Randolph’s Between Worlds on view in Cavnar Gallery until Sunday, January 21, 2018. In this workshop, we will create our own graphite composition that navigates consciousness through techniques of automatic writing and drawing.



This workshop is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. All ages welcome! Click the "Get Tickets" button to reserve your spot. Space is limited (20).



To become a Member of Lawndale today and receive workshop discounts among other benefits, click here: http://www.lawndaleartcenter.org/about/memberships.shtml.


When:
Jan 14, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Sunday Time & Price:
1 - 3 PM; $5 - $10

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:

Writespace presents Writefest

An Emerging Writers Festival and Literary Journal Festival

Writefest is a week-long writers festival 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. This is the second year of the event, which is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.

Award-winning authors Ken Liu and Kelly Luce will be presenting keynote addresses during the festival’s weekend activities. In collaboration with Brazos Bookstore, the keynotes will also read from selected works on Friday.


When:
Mar 6, 2017 to Mar 12, 2017
Cost:
Ticketed and Free
Time:
9:00 am to 8:00 pm
Monday Time & Price:
9:00am-noon, Ticketed and Free
Tuesday Time & Price:
9:00am-noon, Ticketed and Free
Wednesday Time & Price:
9:00am-noon, Ticketed and Free
Thursday Time & Price:
9:00am-noon, Ticketed and Free
Friday Time & Price:
9:00am-9:00pm, Ticketed and Free
Saturday Time & Price:
9:00am-7:00pm, Ticketed and Free
Sunday Time & Price:
9:30am-4:00pm, Ticketed and Free

In Media Res Reading



DATE: Saturday, December 3rd 7:30pm
LOCATION: Writespace
PRICE: Free

Join us to celebrate the launch of our second anthology, In Medias Res: Stories from the In-Between, with readings by local and national contributors. Enjoy drinks and snacks on us while listening to selections of boundary-breaking fiction. This event is free and open to the public.

Featured Readers: 

Multi-genre writer, Jody T. Morse, lives in the heart of a mystical forest on an 18-acre farmstead. Life for her is about connecting with others through written and spoken word, visual and performance arts. Jody has enjoyed connecting with fellow writers through Writespace and critique groups in North Houston since late 2015. To learn more about her work and passions, visit www.bountifulbalconybooks.com. 

Dorothy Tinker is a writer of epic fantasy novels and short stories that run the gamut from scifi/fantasy/spiritual to horror to romance/erotica. She is the author of the young adult epic fantasy series, Peace of Evon, which also includes Gift of War and Lost King. With a fascination for languages and cultures, she incorporates both other languages and other cultures into the works that she writes.

L.C. Lara is currently working toward her master’s degree in creative writing with the University of Denver. More of her writing can be found in Crack the Spine Literary Magazine. She is a wife, mother, and former school teacher turned dance teacher. When she’s not busy family-ing, reading, writing, or dancing, she likes volunteering her time with Writespace. She’s lived south, north, west, and now east of Houston; no matter how many times she moves she’s never very far from the city.

Jennifer Stephan Kapral writes poetry, non-fiction, and fiction. She was born in the shadows of steel mills in Western PA and studied creative non-fiction at the University of Pittsburgh. She currently resides in Houston, TX, spending time by the bayous with her husband and two dogs.

When:
Dec 3, 2016
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:30 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
7:30pm-9pm FREE

Anything Goes Open Mic!


DATE: Friday, November 18, 7:30pm
LOCATION: Writespace
PRICE: Free

Join us at Writespace for an all-genre open mic! New and emerging writers welcome! We will be accepting sign-ups for writers from all genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, memoir, et al. Come read your work in front of an audience and have the chance to receive feedback, if you would like (feedback is optional).

Audience members will provide feedback to readers who request it. Readers will have five minutes total: 3 minutes to read and 2 minutes to receive feedback, or five minutes to read without feedback. Please practice and make sure you time yourself beforehand. To sign up in advance, please email us or sign up at the door at 7:15 pm. Write@Writespacehouston.org

Also before or after the open mic, feel free to visit our artist neighbors' open studios during the Silver Street Summer Series, which lasts from 5-9 p.m. ​​

When:
Nov 18, 2016
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:03 pm
Friday Time & Price:
7:30pm FREE

Intermediate and Advanced Fiction and Prose Writing


In this workshop we will learn practical strategies and approaches to the basic elements of fiction, including elements such as plot, structure, characterization, point of view, dialogue, and style. Sessions will include generative writing exercises, short lectures and discussion on various craft elements, and, most importantly, workshopping of story drafts. Our goal will be for all attending writers to have completed new pages and to have generated such momentum and drive that we continue writing on our own once workshop ends. While this course will refer to literary short stories as models, participants may choose to submit any genre of prose writing, including but not limited to memoir, creative nonfiction, personal essay, science fiction, mystery, and young adult fiction.

TIME: Tuesdays, Nov. 15th, (skips Thanksgiving week), Nov. 29th, Dec. 6th, 13th; 6-9 PM
PRICE: Early-Bird until Thursday, November 10th: $175 Members, $195 Non-Members; After Thursday, November 10th: $195 Members. $215 Non-Members
LOCATION: Writespace
LEVEL: Intermediate and Advanced
CAP: Limited to 15 Writers

About the Instructor: 
Joshua Foster, currently a Ph.D. candidate in University of Houston’s Literature and Creative Writing (prose) program, earned his MFAs (Fiction/Nonfiction) from the University of Arizona. He has received a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, a grant from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, and his most recent publication, the essay “Bring on the Spins," was listed as a Notable Work in the anthology Best American Essays 2015. His stories and essays have appeared in the magazines Fugue, South Loop Review, Hawk & Handsaw, and others. He has editorial roles with the journals Gulf Coast, TheDiagram.com, andTerrain.org. Josh draws much of his material from life in rural southeastern Idaho, where he worked as a laborer many years on his family’s farm and ranch.

When:
Nov 15, 2016 to Dec 13, 2016
Cost:
$175-195
Time:
6:00 pm
Tuesday Time & Price:
6-9pm $175-195

Make It Shine: Polish Your Picture Book


Make it Shine! Polish Your Picture Book to Its Fullest Potential!

Instructor: Kathy Duval

Five hundred words— no problem, right?

Wrong! 

A successful picture book is an art form combining lyrical language and dynamic images, each dependent on the other. To compete, your work must shine, as well as follow the conventions of today’s crowded market.

In this hands-on revision workshop, we’ll take a fresh look at your characters, setting, plot, and picture book language. Participants will complete exercises to polish their prose, as well as create a dummy to see how your text fits into a picture book format. Feedback in small groups will help you take your picture book to the next level.

Participants will be asked to bring three copies of the same completed picture book manuscript. You will be notified closer to the workshop date about the other supplies you will need for making a dummy. 

TIME: Saturday, November 5th, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

PRICE: Early-Bird until Monday, October 31st, $55 Members, $65 Non-Members. After Monday, October 31st, $65 Members, $75 Non-Members—Become a member here:
http://www.writespacehouston.org/memberships.html

LOCATION: Writespace – PLEASE NOTE: There is a LARGE Silver Street event at this time, so please allow extra time to find parking. Please see the map at this link for alternative parking information, if needed.

LEVEL: All levels

CAP: 12 writers

When:
Nov 5, 2016
Cost:
$55-65
Time:
9:30 am
Saturday Time & Price:
9:30am $55-65

Frightspace Open Mic & Contest

Read your ghoulishly good stories to win prizes!

DATE: Saturday, October 29th, 2016 7 :30-9 p.m.
LOCATION: Writespace
PRICE: Free

This Halloween, let’s transform Writespace into Frightspace! In celebration of all that is creepy, Frightspace will recreate the friendly competition that inspired Mary Shelley to write her gothic monster tale, Frankenstein in 1816 with a Terrifying Tales Contest and open mic. 

Frightspace invites writers of all genres to read excerpts of their scary, weird or suspenseful works to an audience of the likewise twisted-minded. Phobophiles who make it through all the readings without soiling themselves will vote on their favorite scary storyteller. 

No scary story to read at Frightspace? Join us from 2-4 p.m. for ourJumpstart Your Writing--Halloween-Style!, where prompts and timed writing sprints might help you create a freaky flash story on the spot. Plus, we'll have exclusive info on The Molotov Cocktail's next flash fiction contest! Who knows: you might create something worth sending in, and maybe next year your story will make it into the Prize Winners Anthology! 

Reading is not mandatory, so you are also welcome to participate as an audience member and cast your vote at the end of the night. Free libations will be provided for readers and listeners in need of liquid courage. Costumes are strongly encouraged! 

Email Layla to sign up to read your work. Layla@writespacehouston.org

When:
Oct 29, 2016
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:30 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
7:30pm-9pm FREE


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