This series from the Guild features readings, gallery shows, and dance and musical performances alongside panel discussions on rotating social justice issues. By connecting artists and experts in various fields of study, Applied Words uses language as a platform for conversations about contemporary social issues at the local, national, and international level.
Language takes many forms — words, dance, visual art — and by showcasing these “languages” alongside conversations of social import, we put the languages of art and activism together. Artist and expert meet in this one-of-a-kind program to chart a new path through creativity and justice.
Women & Children First will be hosting this edition of Applied Words entitled "Performing Queerness On (& Off) The Page." Featured participants include:
Tim “TinTim” Jones-Yelvington is a Chicago-based author, multimedia artist, and nightlife personality/drag performer. His multi-genre novel “Strike a Prose: Memoirs of a Lit Diva Extraordinaire” published by co•im•press, was a finalist for the FC2 Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction contest and the Noemi Press Book Award for Prose, and runner up for the 1913 Prize for First Books. He is the author of two short fiction chapbooks—”Evan’s House and the Other Boys Who Live There” (in “They Could No Longer Contain Themselves,” Rose Metal Press) and “Daniel, Damned” (Solar Luxuriance Press), and one full-length fiction collection, “This is a Dance Movie!” (Tiny Hardcore Press, selected by Roxane Gay). His debut poetry chapbook, “Become On Yr Face,” was winner of the 2016 DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press chapbook contest, and its follow-up, “Colton Behavioral Therapy,” winner of the 2017 Gazing Grain contest, judged by Camille Rankine. His work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Puerto Del Sol, Harpur Palate, and others. From 2010-12, he guest edited [PANK]’s annual queer issue. His dynamic live readings evolved into his drag/nightlife persona TinTim, well known on Youtube as “America’s first drag queen public intellectual, aka the ‘Cornel-Motherfucking-West of drag.'”
Marty McConnell lives in Chicago, where she coaches individuals and groups toward building thriving, sustainable lives and organizations. Her forthcoming second poetry collection, “when they say you can’t go home again, what they mean is you were never there,” won the 2017 Michael Waters Poetry Prize; her first full-length collection, “wine for a shotgun,” received the Silver Medal in the Independent Publishers Awards, and was a finalist for both the Audre Lorde Award and a Lambda Literary Award. YesYes Books recently released her first nonfiction book, “Gathering Voices: Creating a Community-Based Poetry Workshop.” She is the co-creator and co-editor of underbelly, a web site focused on the art and magic of poetry revision. An MFA graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Best American Poetry, Southern Humanities Review, Gulf Coast, and Indiana Review.
Gabriel Ojeda-Sague is a gay, Latino Leo living in Chicago. He is the author of the poetry books Jazzercise is a Language (The Operating System, 2018), on the exercise craze of the 1980s, and Oil and Candle (Timeless, Infinite Light, 2016), on ritual and racism. He is also the author of chapbooks on gay sex, Cher, the Legend of Zelda, and anxious bilingualism. His third book, Losing Miami, on the potential sinking of Miami due to climate change and sea level rise, is forthcoming from Civil Coping Mechanisms in 2019.
C. Russell Price is an Appalachian genderqueer writer originally from Virginia. They are a Lambda Fellow in Poetry, Ragdale Fellow, Literary Death Match champion, Windy City Times 30 Under 30 honoree, and a Pushcart nominee. They are the author of “Tonight, We Fuck the Trailer Park Out of Each Other” (Sibling Rivalry Press) and a forthcoming collection of poetry (“oh, you thought this was a date?!”) and essay collection (“Everyone Is Doing It; They Just Aren’t Telling You”).
This reading is a part of the Guild Literary Complex’s Applied Words series of multidisciplinary events and conversations on contemporary social issues.