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PEN Presents: Re-writing the Family
September 22 @ 4:00 pm
For some LGBTQ+ people, the word family can evoke feelings of love and support. For others, the word can be slippery and alienating. Many LGBTQ+ POC folx have chosen to leave home for their journey in search of diversity, inclusion, camaraderie, and community. This has created a new landscape in cities and towns across the country, a queer diaspora. This will be a night of curated readings exploring the idea of family: How we break down the notions placed upon us as LGBTQ+ POC folx, and how we build and place ourselves within the context of family today. We are also asking the question: How does our family of origin inspire us to build bridges or to refigure our place within that framework? Featuring: Alumni of the Emerging Voices Fellowship (which is its own kind of extended family) who are also members of the LGBTQ+ community will read short pieces of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction curated to the theme.