OBSIDIAN’S GENDERQUEER/GENREQUEER PLAYGROUND, guest edited by Ronaldo V. Wilson, is a living testament to how trans, genderqueer, and non-binary poets, writers, and artists, are on the leading edge of innovation in literature and art while also fighting against marginalization.
The GenderQueer/GenreQueer Playground special issue of Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, guest edited by Ronaldo V. Wilson, is a living testament to how trans, genderqueer, and non-binary poets, writers, and artists, while fighting against marginalization, are often at the leading edge of innovating poetry, fiction, drama, and arts through “queering” form, content, and genre. The intersection of body and text, although common to the work of many writers, finds a heightened necessity in the work of these makers, inducing them to create forms that more closely track the reality of their bodies, identities, and experience. This issue creates a forum to amplify the voices of writers whose communities so often face compounded hardship and unreported violence, and yet cultivate and share unacknowledged joy. The Playground issue includes work by Anastacia-Reneé, Samiya Bashir, Sherese Francis, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, fahima ife, Michal MJ Jones, M.C. MoHagani Magnetek, Maurice Moore & many more.
Poetry, Fiction, Drama, Essay, Hybrid, Art, African & African American Studies, LGBTQ+ Studies
Poet, sound artist, and scholar Duriel E. Harris is the author of three critically acclaimed volumes of poetry, including DRAG (Elixir Press, 2003) and No Dictionary of Living Tongue (Nightboat Books, 2017), winner of the Nightboat Poetry Prize and Publishing Triangle Audre Lorde Award finalist. Harris is Professor of English at Illinois State University and Editor of Obsidian.
Ronaldo V. Wilson, PhD, poet, interdisciplinary artist, and academic, is the author of Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man (University of Pittsburgh, 2008) , winner of the Cave Canem Prize; POEMS OF THE BLACK OBJECT (Futurepoem Books, 2009), winner of the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry and the Asian American Literary Award in Poetry; Farther Traveler: Poetry, Prose, Other (Counterpath Press, 2015), finalist for a Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry; and Lucy 72 (1913 Press, 2018). His latest books are Carmelina: Figures (Wendy's Subway, 2021) and Virgil Kills: Stories (Nightboat Books, 2022). Wilson is Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at UC Santa Cruz.
Author City: SANTA CRUZ, CA USA