Not Your Sidekick: Queer Characters

Queer identities aren’t plot devices for straight folks’ character development. Queer folks are  protagonists of their own individual stories, and they circumnavigate queer narrative and tone. Shining a light on the depths of queer identity in fiction while also remaining honest to their experiences, these writers refuse to let queerness take a backseat. Join us for an afternoon of queer expertise in an ever-growing genre with Tanya Boteju, Shani Mootoo, Tash McAdam, and Addie Tsai. Moderated by Jen Currin.

Event Type: Panel
Event Code: NEC/SUN-2
Venue: Native Education College
Date: Sunday, March 15, 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Cost: Pay What You Can (recommended: $12.50)
ASL Interpretation Available by Request Before February 15, 2020

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Addie Tsai teaches courses in literature, creative writing, dance, and humanities at Houston Community College. Her writing has been published in Banango Street, The Offing, The Collagist, The Feminist Wire, Nat. Brut., and elsewhere. 

Jen Currin is the author of Hider/Seeker: Stories, a 2018 Globe and Mail top 100 book; and four poetry collections, including The Inquisition Yours, winner of the 2011 Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry.

Shani Mootoo is a novelist, poet and visual artist. A longtime Vancouver resident, she currently lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario.

Tanya Boteju is a teacher and writer living on unceded Coast Salish territories. Her young adult novel, Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens, debuted in May.

Tash McAdam writes plot-focused fiction for young adults. They write stories centring marginalised identities that aren’t about The Struggle of being marginalised.