Press release by Strut and Queer Ancestors Project; copy and paste from facebook
Queer Ancestors Project Anthology Release Party + Closing Party!
May 19. 2018 at 19:00–21:50
Strut, 470 Castro St, San Francisco, California 94114, USA
Join us to celebrate “Tender: Queer Ancestors Project Anthology” release party, in collaboration with Foglifter Press and Strut. This reading celebrates the wrap-up of our free, 9-month long writing program for queer and transgender people 18-24. Students explored queer and trans history (known and unknown), located themselves within it, and created original art in response to readings from diverse queer and trans artists and writers. “Tender” features work by 20 artists: Bahaar Ahsan, Chris Arreola, Bení Alí Ávalos, Marina Claveria, Reynaldo (Rey) Culannay, Lia Dun, Destiny Evans, jorge mata flores, Jose Francisco, Gato Gucumatz, Emma Lee, Ernest Li, Brenda Lopez, sho m. nakashima, madhvi trivedi-pathak, Shannon Prasad, Tavi Taos, Nathaly Tellez, Isabel D. Trevino, and Jai Lei Yee, with creative writing director Celeste Chan.
We’ll also be celebrating the closing of our print exhibition, with prints by Bení Alí Ávalos, jorge mata flores, Cedar Kirwin, Yonit Mordechai Moerman, Ben Panico, Shannon Prasad, Tavi Taos, Princesa Venegas, and Jai Lei Yee, with artistic director Katie Gilmartin
We are happy to be having this event at Strut, the home for health and wellness in the heart of the Castro. They run all sorts of artist events from Black Love to Trans Voices. Grateful for generous support from the San Francisco Arts Commission, Foglifter, Horizons Foundation, Southern Exposure, SOMArts, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, & Chrysalis Studio.
The Queer Ancestors Project is devoted to forging sturdy relationships between LGBTQI people and our ancestors. Using history as a linchpin, we build community by providing Queer and Trans artists free interdisciplinary workshops in printmaking, writing, and Queer history. Public exhibitions and readings of their work provide a window on the past through which the larger community can glimpse our collective future. www.queerancestorsproject.org
About Foglifter: Foglifter is a queer journal and press, but more than that. We want powerful writing, intersectional writing, that queers our perspectives; writing that explores the sometimes abject, sometimes shameful, but always honest and revelatory experience; writing that calls into question the things we believe to be true, the things we believe to be known, and turns them on their head for–at least–a moment of consideration. There are many considerations out there. We want them all to be heard. www.foglifterpress.com