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Saturday, October 13 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
BBF Unbound: Queering the Canon

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From memoir to plays, novels to essays, today’s queer writers are making their stamp on the written word across genres. But queer authors face additional challenges in bringing their works to market, from questions of identity and “writing in one’s own lane,” finding receptive or hard-to-reach audiences, tackling tropes, and the weight of creating Happily Ever Afters (or not) for a community inured to rejection, violence, and stereotype. Moderator Kelly J. Ford (Cottonmouths) will lead a discussion with Sara Farizan (Here to Stay), Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich (The Fact of a Body), Milo Todd (The Falcon of Doves), and David Valdes Greenwood (The Mermaid Hour) on the complications, expectations, and jubilations of living, writing, and publishing while queer.

Moderators
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Kelly J. Ford

Kelly J. Ford is the author of Cottonmouths, named one of 2017’s best books of the year by the Los Angeles Review. Her work has appeared in Black Heart Magazine, Fried Chicken and Coffee, and Knee-Jerk Magazine, and is forthcoming in Post Road Magazine. She is Framingham State University’s... Read More →

Presenters
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Sara Farizan

Sara Farizan is an Iranian American YA author giving voice to Iranian and queer characters in her novels. Her debut novel, If You Could Be Mine (2013) is about two girls living in Tehran, Iran, who are very much in love, but their love is both forbidden and very dangerous. The book... Read More →
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David Valdes Greenwood

David Valdes Greenwood’s plays have been staged coast to coast, most recently including the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of The Mermaid Hour. A former Boston Globe Magazine columnist and a Huffington Post blogger, he is the author of four books, including Homo... Read More →
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Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich is the author of The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir, receipient of the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir and the 2018 Chautauqua Prize. Named one of the best books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Audible.com, Bustle, Book Riot... Read More →
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Milo Todd

Milo Todd is a novelist, manuscript consultant, and presenter. He specializes in queer, trans, and poverty topics, as well as narrative voice and outline techniques. He’s currently represented by Esmond Harmsworth of Aevitas Creative, and his latest teaching session was at GrubStreet’s... Read More →


Saturday October 13, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Old South Guild Room 645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, USA

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