We are very excited to announce that our next virtual reading will be a collaboration with Nightboat Books to celebrate the recent release of We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics. On Friday, January 29, you'll hear from six contributors to the anthology, including several previous Peach Mag contributors. The evening is part of our Episodes Reading Series and will be hosted by the editors of We Want It All, Kay Gabriel and Andrea Abi-Karam.
s05e02: We Want It All
Friday, January 29, 2021; 8pm EST
Presented by Peach Mag and Nightboat Books; hosted by Kay Gabriel and Andrea Abi-Karam
Poetry readings by Faye Chevalier, Kamden Hilliard, Miles A.M. Collins-Sibley, NM Esc, Stephen Ira, and Xandria Phillips
Bookshop: Check out our Bookshop list for the event, featuring We Want It All and books by the readers and guest hosts
Online via Zoom
Live verbatim closed captioning provided
Free and open to the public
About the anthology and publisher
Editors Andrea Abi-Karam and Kay Gabriel offer We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics as an experiment into how far literature, written from an identitarian standpoint, can go as a fellow traveler with social movements and revolutionary demands. Writing in dialogue with emancipatory political movements, the intergenerational writers assembled here imagine an altogether overturned world in poems that pursue the particular and multiple trans relationships to desire, embodiment, housing, sex, ecology, history, pop culture, and the working day.
Nightboat Books, a nonprofit organization, seeks to develop audiences for writers whose work resists convention and transcends boundaries, by publishing books rich with poignancy, intelligence and risk.
About the readers
Faye Chevalier is a Philadelphia-based poet and seltzer-appreciator. She is the author of the chapbooks future.txt (Empty Set Press, 2018) and flesh_wound (Accidental Player Press, 2020). Her work has been featured in We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics (Nightboat Books, 2020), The Wanderer, Peach Mag, Yes Poetry, the tiny, and elsewhere. She has been widely recognized as the first poet ever to have work published in a cyberpunk tabletop rpg podcast (Neoscum, 2018). Find her on Twitter where she cries about River Phoenix, vampires, and having a body at @bratcore.
Kamden Hilliard is a Black, nonbinary settler from Hawai’i and author of three chapbooks, most recently, henceforce: a travel poetic (Omnidawn Books, 2019). They earned a BA in American Studies from The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and an MFA in Poetry from The Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Formerly, they are an AmeriCorps VISTA, teacher, and Pfluflaught Fellow at the University of Iowa. Currently, they are the 2020-2022 Anisfield-Wolf Fellow in Publishing and Writing at the Cleveland State University Poetry Center. Forever? Find ‘em on the internet at kamdenihilliard.com.
Miles A.M. Collins-Sibley (he/him, they/them) is Black, queer, trans, and sick. He writes poetry to talk to ghosts and to fall in love. Miles received his MFA in Poetry from UMass Amherst’s program for Poets and Writers and currently studies Black labor history at UMass Amherst's W.E.B. DuBois Department of African American Studies. You can find his weird queer poems in We Want it All: An Anthology of Trans Radical Poetics from Nightboat Books, Black Warrior Review, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal, among others. You can follow Miles on Twitter and Instagram @miles_n__miles.
Neon Mashurov (NM Esc) is a double Sagittarian poet from Brooklyn and the post-Soviet diaspora. Their work has appeared in The Poetry Project’s House Party series, The Felt, Peach Mag, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, and elsewhere. They are currently daywalking as an MFA candidate at UCSD where they are working on projects about collective collapse & inherited trauma, smutty vampire noir, and sci-fi ekphrasis.
Stephen Ira is a writer and performer. His poetry has appeared, or is forthcoming, in venues like DIAGRAM, Poetry, Fence, American Poetry Review, and tagvverk. As an actor, he has originated roles in plays by poets including Maxe Crandall and Bernadette Mayer. In 2013, he was a Lambda Literary Fellow. In 2019, he completed an MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is currently a poetry editor at the speculative magazine Strange Horizons.
Xandria Phillips is a writer, educator, and visual artist from rural Ohio. The recipient of the Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging Writers, Xandria has received fellowships from Oberlin College, Cave Canem, Callaloo, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and Brown University. Their first book, HULL, was published by Nightboat Books in 2019 and is the winner of a 2020 Lambda Literary Award. Visit them at xandriaphillips.com.