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Incite: Queer Writers Read is a curated, monthly reading series for Queer writers. Incite’s hope is to create conversation, connection, and greater understanding both within the Queer community and with other communities. Hosted by Vinnie Kinsella and Jennifer Perrine.
Sarah A. Chavez, a mestiza born and raised in the California Central Valley, is the author of the poetry collections, Hands That Break & Scar (Sundress Publications) and All Day, Talking (dancing girl press). Her new project, Halfbreed Helene Navigates the Whole received a 2019-2020 Tacoma Artists Initiative Award. Chavez serves as poetry coordinator for Best of the Net Anthology and is a member of the Macondo Writers Workshop. Recent work can be found in Xicanx: Mexican American Writers of the 21st Century, Diode, & Hotel Amerika. Her micro chap, like everything else we loved, is forthcoming from Porkbelly Press in 2021.
Wayne Gregory is the author of The Tongues of Men and Angels (Rebel Satori Press), a memoir about growing up gay in the religious world of the 1970s South. He is also a contributor to the well-received anthology, Fashionably Late (Eldredge Books). His work has also appeared in The Sun, Alltopia, Ashe Journal, The Hawthorne, and the Lambda award-winning anthology, Portland Queer. He is one of the most honored writers to study at The Attic Institute of Arts and Letters in Portland, Oregon. A veteran of workshops with senior fellow Merridawn Duckler and associate fellow Ariel Gore, he was a 2010-2011 Atheneum Fellow and also a 2011-2012 Hawthorne Fellow. He has taught at Willamette University and Portland State University and is currently an adjunct teaching fellow at The Attic and a freelance writer. Wayne is a linguist, a proud grandfather, and a member of the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus. Originally from Louisiana he lives in Portland, Oregon.
Claire Rudy Foster (he/they) is an award-winning writer and the author of the critically acclaimed short story collection Shine of the Ever (Interlude Press, 2019), which was selected by O: The Oprah Magazine as one of the best books of the year. Foster’s writing appears on NPR, in the “Modern Love” column in The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, and many other places. Foster lives in Portland, Oregon.
Samson Syharath is an actor, director, and writer focusing on visibility of Asian-American artists and underserved communities. After receiving a B.A. from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, Samson trained at the Portland Actors Conservatory. He was part of the Theatre Communications Group’s Rising Leaders of Color Cohort in 2017 featured by American Theatre Magazine and was the recipient of the Portland Civic Theatre Guild’s Leslie O. Fulton Fellowship that same year. He is the Managing Artistic Director of Theatre Diaspora and part of the PDX Accountability Collective. www.gettinglaod.com