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Disorderly Conduct Writing Workshop

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Disorderly Conduct: Activating TLGBQ+ Creativity Through Exploring Trans Erasure & Empowerment

Instructor: Brody Parrish Craig and Calypso Jane Selwyn

What does it mean to write a “trans poem”? How do we activate our creativity as writers navigating oppressive systems that impact each of us in different ways? What does it mean to navigate the space between inclusion & erasure, representation & tokenization? Where can we find current models of TLGBQ+ creation, considering the intentional lack of our representation in the literary canon?

Through discussing texts by TGNC writers currently in the literary community, the historical (or perhaps ahistorical) representations of TGNC narratives, and several generative writing exercises, we will navigate what it means to write toward TGNC liberation, empowerment, and broaden our creative & collective awareness.

Disorderly Conduct will center transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming writers in all workshop materials & its approach. While we are open to all, in order to center TGNC voices, we especially encourage cis-/hetero- participants to come most eager to listen.

Disorderly Conduct is a creative child of TWANG, a regional creative space/anthology for transgender, nonbinary, & gender nonconforming creatives who live throughout or are tied to the Southern & Midwestern US. For more on TWANG, visit our webpage at:

Free and open to the public.
Location: Meeting Room B
Bring a notebook/paper and something to write with.

Originally from Louisiana, Brody Parrish Craig attended Hollins University where they received their B.A. in English & French. They recently completed their M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing at the University of Arkansas in Poetry where they began writing their first manuscript, a collection of hybrid poems inspired by queer phenomenology, the Bible Belt, & recovery.