With funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board, I've been working to create a safe space for diverse writers of all levels to bond over their fandoms, geekdoms, nerdery, and quirks! Introducing the Geeks of Color Reading & Open Mic: a three-part series where you can hear great work, draft your own, and read what you've created before an audience of fellow geeks.
Across the first three Saturdays in September, 12 geeks of color with impressive literary chops will kick off the readings.
Our featured writers for September 7th are:
-Bryan Thao Worra
These writers will respond to the topic of Overcoming Otherness: how geekdom helped them embrace their weirdness, find unexpected representatives of themselves in media that overlooks them, and otherwise use geekdom to deepen their love and knowledge of their perfect & ineffable selves. During the break following these maestros, I will give the crowd a writing prompt for the members of the audience to reflect on their own intersectional geekdom.
Do you have writing to share about using geekdom to cope with being The Other?
The final hour of the event is an open mic where anyone can come onstage for a five minute reading of science fiction poetry, essays on your queer awakening through Sailor Moon, self-insert Ironheart fanfiction, or what-have-you. While the featured writers are all people of color, this POC-centered space is open to all and anyone can participate in the prompt or open mic.