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Unfortunately, due to low submissions and the death of my partner, TWAT/fest: Trans/Hysteria is canceled. TWAT/fest will be bringing you more events throughout 2014, though, so stayed tuned!

Call For Papers: Trans Lit Conference

topsidepress:

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CALL FOR PAPERS/APPEL À COMMUNICATIONS 

Writing Trans Genres: Emergent Literatures and Criticism 

May 22-24, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg Manitoba 

What is or might be Trans Literature? Transsexual, two spirit, genderqueer and transgender literatures? What are or might be trans genres, narratives, figures, poetics? How do we think about what makes writing trans? The recent publication of anthologies such as The Collection and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetries and Poetics, last spring’s Trans Poetics Symposium in Tucson, Az., conversations on the pages of Lambda Literary, and a host of recent panel discussions on the topic of trans literatures, suggest where and how such questions are currently posed. At the same time the history of trans and two spirit representation is largely a history of our misrepresentation by non-trans and non-two spirit peoples, and our self representation necessarily contends with that legacy.

Inspired by conferences such as Women and Words / Les femmes et les mots and anthologies like This Bridge Called My Back, this conference aims to develop critical lenses for reading trans literatures. One needn’t be an academic to do intellectual work, and writers, readers and community members can and do engage critically without being situated within the university. In fact, some of the most critical work may come of speaking back to sites of institutional knowledge production. Even as two spirit, genderqueer and trans identified writers are enjoying unprecedented ability to publish in commercial, literary and scholarly venues, as well as forming our own presses and journals, access to these forums continues to be relative, inflected by multiple forms of privilege and oppression, as well as by aesthetic and political affiliation. As such, this call for proposals is an invitation to writers, performers, critics, and community members to participate in developing critical contexts for reading and interpreting an emerging body of literature by transgender, transsexual, two spirit and genderqueer writers, on two spirit, trans, and genderqueer terms.

We are interested in seeing proposals that theorize how we might best read literature authored by trans, two spirit, and genderqueer folk. Possible topics to be explored include:

  • How do trans identities and histories relate to the form, content, publication, circulation, reception of our writing?
  • Trans Writing and orality, story telling, performance, spoken word.
  • How is trans writing inflected by experience, identification, influence, politicization, culture, privilege, oppression? 
  • How do linguistic, national, class, ethnic, cultural and racial locations shape writing by trans, two spirit and genderqueer writers?
  • Writing as a form of narrative (or non-narrative) self-fashioning.
  • How might writing relate to practices of daily life, of transition, spirituality, community?
  • How might creative writing and performance be ways of doing politics (or making theory)? How does these practices relate to other ways of doing politics (and making theory)?
  • How do we write without a trans tradition? Within many traditions?
  • Are there unknown histories of trans literary production? How do we read a history of writing that is not visible or identified as trans?
  • How do we think about the popular (queer) reading of transsexual memoir as conservative and conventional? Is formally experimental writing also necessarily politically progressive?
  • Conversely (how) have trans writers taken up Sandy Stone’s 1989 call to enact or produce “a set of embodied texts whose potential for productive disruption of structured sexualities and spectra of desire has yet to be explored?”
  • How might translation (linguistic, cultural, generic, medial) induce trans genres and genders?
  • (How) might one put one’s body into language in a context of changing sex, or expressing gender? How does one write being in or across the between?
  • Is trans literature a minority literature, or several? A minor literature (or several)?
  • (How) do trans, genderqueer and two spirit writings engage and/or contest  transnational constructions of gender and sexual (minority) identity?
  • What genres and figures have been important for two spirit, genderqueer, trans identified writers and writers with transsexual histories?
  • What forms, modes, or genres of criticism might be best suited to trans, two spirit, and genderqueer writing?
  • What relations exist between trans writing and criticism and indigenous, postcolonial, queer, minority, sex worker and feminist creative and critical discourses?

This is an invitation to entertain these questions, and to pose new ones.

Proposals for academic papers and panels, as well as for artist’s workshops and performances, are welcome. Papers should be suitable for presentation in fifteen minutes; panels proposed should include between three and five participants; workshops may be proposed for either one or two hour blocks. Performance proposals should indicate whether they are better suited to presentation within a group reading or within the conference cabaret.

Please submit 250 to 400 word abstracts for papers, workshops and/or performances by February 15, 2014.  Panel proposals should include a 200 word panel description as well as individual abstracts. You will be informed of the status of your proposal on March 1, 2014. 

Presenters will be encouraged to upload full papers, workshop outlines, and/or relevant secondary materials to the conference website in the first week of May.

Highlights of the symposium (keynotes and the opening plenary) will be streamed live on the web. Recorded conference proceedings will be digitally archived, and publically accessible online.

Please submit proposals to writingtransgenres@gmail.com and indicate in the subject line whether your proposal is for a paper, panel, workshop or performance.

For all other questions and concerns, please write to writingtransgenres@gmail.com and indicate in the subject line: query.

Conference Registration

Registration Fee:

Sliding scale: (Salaried/full time: 120$, Part time/contract: 40$, unwaged: 10$)

Keynotes and daytime readings: free and open to the public.

Other registration details: TBA

Writing Trans Genres is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg. 

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Missive: a Transfeminist Journal. Call for Submissions!

topsidepress:

missivejournal:

Missive Journal, a new publication of original transfeminist thought, is calling for submissions for it’s first issue! We’re looking for essays, poetry, short fiction, visual art, and memoir written by trans women.

Most of the discourse surrounding trans women has almost nothing to do with our lived experiences, or is perpetually stuck in a state of Trans 101. The transfeminist writings which have most inspired us are ephemeral and scattered, situated as they are in various internet communities. And far too often, these conversations are derailed by an interloper almost as soon as they begin.

Our aim in starting Missive is to foster a different type of conversation about our bodies and our lives. It is a place to move beyond the politics of apologism; it is a place to collect and record transfeminist works.

We plan on distributing Missive as a digital file on a pay-what-you-can model, with proceeds split evenly amongst contributors.

Please send submissions to
missive.journal@gmail.com by December 31st, 2013.

the peeps behind this are legit! A++ participate!

(Source: missivejournal)

Zine - Is there a transgender text in this class? (free download)

odofemi:

topsidepress:

Topside Press is at the National Women’s Studies Conference this week, and we’ve made a zine to share with the professors and scholars. It is called “Is there a transgender text in this class?” and it’s about why and how transgender fiction and poetry should be included in courses.

The  16-page, quarter-page zine is available for free on our website, and it’s totally OK to read it online, print it out, give it away, sell it—whatever you want. If you have feedback for future versions, please drop us a line at info@topsidepress.com (or reblog, tweet, etc)

To read the zine online, you can download the pages PDF, or click over to our site to see the JPG files.
To print copies for your campus, info shop, or conference, download the spreads PDF

Download Options:

image

image

This is kind of the best thing.

Trans women writers—apply to these grants and residencies!

topsidepress:

One of the ways that authors and their books get into circulation in libraries, classrooms, on the desks of book critics at the New York Times, and other useful places, is via the complex, often shrouded, world of professional arts. Part of the reason you go to a residency at MacDowell is to work, and part of it is to make connections with other artists, gatekeepers, and decision makers.

Ultimately, putting your work in front of as many people who have the power to recommend it to other people is a good thing. Not enough trans women are in this “pro track” and if you qualify for the opportunities below, I encourage you to apply! We’ll keep posting things like this as we come across them, too.

If Topside has published your work in any form, we’re always happy to provide a letter of recommendation, just ask!

MacDowell Colony
Due Jan 15, 2014
http://www.macdowellcolony.org/apply.html
Residency

Yaddo
Due Jan 1, 2014
Residency
$1000 award 
Jan-March submission period
Barbara Deming Fund for Women Artists
$500-1500 grant
Due Dec 31st for fiction writers

(via whatfollows)

VOTING NOW OPEN!

hirstory:

image

VOTING GUIDELINES
Please decide on one (1) outstanding candidate in each award category who you believe deserves recognition above all others. Your choice should be based on your own thoughtful and thorough research of every single nominee in each category, and not motivated by nepotism or coercion. Please vote only ONCE (honor system). The names of candidates listed were submitted during the nomination phase of the awards. There is a write-in portion for others not listed. The focus should be on recent work, created from September 2012 to the present. Voting closes 11:59pm (PST) November 30th, 2013.

ABOUT
The MOTHA Art Awards are modeled after high-profile, industry- and identity-specific prizes such as the Lambda Literary and the GLAAD Awards, which celebrate a few achievements of the LGBT creative community and their mainstream media representations, respectively. The MOTHA Awards are also inspired by the performance-based artwork the Rob Pruitt Art Awards (theartawards2013.com). The MOTHA Awards highlight transgender contributions to our current cultural landscape while also highlighting the limitations inherent in such a system of competition, exclusion, tokenism, and positive-image pandering. Nominations and voting are open to everyone.

The winners of the 2013 MOTHA Art Awards will be posted to the MOTHA website (sfmotha.org) after December 1, 2013. Winners will receive nothing but the winning title. Winners must determine for themselves if the title signifies recognition of the merit of their work.

CONTINUE HERE TO VOTE

Vote for TWAT/fest in Group Exhibition! <3

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:

TWAT/fest Presents: Trans/Hysteria

Trans/Hysteria &#8212; Trans women face an ongoing and historical intersection between our pathologization as trans people and the regulating of women&#8217;s emotions through psychology. In Trans/Hysteria, trans women artists push the boundaries of mental &#8220;health,&#8221; the psychiatric system, and physical and mental extremes through live performance and video art.

TWAT/fest, the world&#8217;s ONLY trans women&#8217;s (and -spectrum) arts festival, is an ongoing multidisciplinary project by artist/curator ODOFEMI (Morgan M Page) focused on showcasing the work of trans women (and -spectrum) artists and building trans women&#8217;s arts culture in Toronto and abroad.

TWAT/fest is seeking submissions for Trans/Hysteria in video art (under 30 minutes) and live performance from trans woman-identified (and MAAB genderqueers who identify as trans) artists that fit with the curatorial themes described above. We are not currently seeking submissions for spoken word. TWAT/fest is committed to paying all artists for their work, even within our limited/no funding lifestyle. We encourage submissions from outside of Toronto and Canada, and are especially interested in submissions from people of colour, Indigenous people, sex workers, people living with HIV/AIDS, and people living with disabilities who identify as trans women (or -spectrum) artists.

SUBMISSIONS DUE: January 1st, 2014.
EVENT: February/March 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
SEND THEM TO: morganmpage@gmail.com with the subject line &#8220;TWAT/fest Submission: [Title of your piece]&#8221;

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:

TWAT/fest Presents: Trans/Hysteria

Trans/Hysteria — Trans women face an ongoing and historical intersection between our pathologization as trans people and the regulating of women’s emotions through psychology. In Trans/Hysteria, trans women artists push the boundaries of mental “health,” the psychiatric system, and physical and mental extremes through live performance and video art.

TWAT/fest, the world’s ONLY trans women’s (and -spectrum) arts festival, is an ongoing multidisciplinary project by artist/curator ODOFEMI (Morgan M Page) focused on showcasing the work of trans women (and -spectrum) artists and building trans women’s arts culture in Toronto and abroad.

TWAT/fest is seeking submissions for Trans/Hysteria in video art (under 30 minutes) and live performance from trans woman-identified (and MAAB genderqueers who identify as trans) artists that fit with the curatorial themes described above. We are not currently seeking submissions for spoken word. TWAT/fest is committed to paying all artists for their work, even within our limited/no funding lifestyle. We encourage submissions from outside of Toronto and Canada, and are especially interested in submissions from people of colour, Indigenous people, sex workers, people living with HIV/AIDS, and people living with disabilities who identify as trans women (or -spectrum) artists.

SUBMISSIONS DUE: January 1st, 2014.

EVENT: February/March 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

SEND THEM TO: morganmpage@gmail.com with the subject line “TWAT/fest Submission: [Title of your piece]”

Why TWAT/fest hasn’t happened again yet..

odofemi:

I keep meaning to organize the next TWAT/fest, but to tell the truth, the idea really depresses me. When I started TWAT/fest, the main impetus was that I was tired of seeing endless art shows about cis femmes and cis butches and trans men and genderqueers and gay men and basically every kind of person except trans women, which implied to me that trans women were not people, or at least weren’t people who made significant artistic contributions to queer culture or any culture for that matter. I was inspired directly by the work of Mirha-Soleil Ross in organizing Counting Past 2, the world’s first transsexual, transgender, and intersex video and performance festival in Toronto from 1998-2003.

Read More

odofemi:

Apol, Franke, and Isz are the best! Drunk, yes!

YRESSSSSSSSSSSSS

twat/fest 2012 review from prettyqueer.com

jackrad:

(for full review, visit prettyqueer.com)

Where were you on August 9, 2012?  If your answer isn’t “Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto,” you seriously missed out on history.

TWAT/Fest, the Trans Women’s Arts Toronto Festival (lovingly nicknamed the Trans Women’s Arts Throwdown), conceptualized and curated by PrettyQueer’s own Morgan M. Page/Odofemi, took place this month for the first time.  TWAT/Fest was the world’s first ever fine arts festival planned and curated by trans women to showcase the work of trans women artists.  The festival featured visual and performance art in a variety of media by talented trans women fine artists from across North America, each piece more stunning than the last.

The show was hosted by Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards’ 2011 Heartthrob of the Year Drew Deveaux.  Although she was certain to remind the audience that she is not actually a stand-up comedian, Deveaux’s stand up comedy-esque opening remarks and anecdotes between performances were a charming, funny and emotional celebration of trans women, particularly those in the arts.  Certainly the most memorable part of her introduction was when she confided that as a porn star, she’s often more comfortable in front of an audience without clothing, asking the audience if we would mind her stripping and then taking her clothing off to reveal “TWAT/Fest” written in silver letters across her bra and underwear.  Deveaux’s performance brought humour and continuity to the entire celebration of all these talented artists!

The show was a once in a lifetime experience and by the end of the night, audience members and artists alike were buzzing with excitement for the show and looking ahead to TWAT/Fest 2013 which promises to be bigger and better.  The after party at the Henhouse, DJ-ed by DJ Alyssa (Toronto)  and DJ Bratface (Montreal) featured a special performance by Morgan M. Page/Odofemi and was a fun and sexy celebration of talented trans women artists and those who love their work!  If you missed the after party, there are rumours of it becoming a quarterly event to keep the celebration of trans women artists alive year round and raise money for next year’s TWAT/Fest.  Keep an eye out for upcoming TWAT/Fest 2013 fundraisers and and if you missed TWAT/Fest this year, don’t make the same mistake twice!  Trans women artists should start working on your submissions for next summer now and start planning your trip to Toronto right away (that means non-Canadians should work on getting your passports now) because TWAT/Fest 2013 is not to be missed!

Read More

Unfortunately, due to low submissions and the death of my partner, TWAT/fest: Trans/Hysteria is canceled. TWAT/fest will be bringing you more events throughout 2014, though, so stayed tuned!

Call For Papers: Trans Lit Conference

topsidepress:

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CALL FOR PAPERS/APPEL À COMMUNICATIONS 

Writing Trans Genres: Emergent Literatures and Criticism 

May 22-24, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg Manitoba 

What is or might be Trans Literature? Transsexual, two spirit, genderqueer and transgender literatures? What are or might be trans genres, narratives, figures, poetics? How do we think about what makes writing trans? The recent publication of anthologies such as The Collection and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetries and Poetics, last spring’s Trans Poetics Symposium in Tucson, Az., conversations on the pages of Lambda Literary, and a host of recent panel discussions on the topic of trans literatures, suggest where and how such questions are currently posed. At the same time the history of trans and two spirit representation is largely a history of our misrepresentation by non-trans and non-two spirit peoples, and our self representation necessarily contends with that legacy.

Inspired by conferences such as Women and Words / Les femmes et les mots and anthologies like This Bridge Called My Back, this conference aims to develop critical lenses for reading trans literatures. One needn’t be an academic to do intellectual work, and writers, readers and community members can and do engage critically without being situated within the university. In fact, some of the most critical work may come of speaking back to sites of institutional knowledge production. Even as two spirit, genderqueer and trans identified writers are enjoying unprecedented ability to publish in commercial, literary and scholarly venues, as well as forming our own presses and journals, access to these forums continues to be relative, inflected by multiple forms of privilege and oppression, as well as by aesthetic and political affiliation. As such, this call for proposals is an invitation to writers, performers, critics, and community members to participate in developing critical contexts for reading and interpreting an emerging body of literature by transgender, transsexual, two spirit and genderqueer writers, on two spirit, trans, and genderqueer terms.

We are interested in seeing proposals that theorize how we might best read literature authored by trans, two spirit, and genderqueer folk. Possible topics to be explored include:

  • How do trans identities and histories relate to the form, content, publication, circulation, reception of our writing?
  • Trans Writing and orality, story telling, performance, spoken word.
  • How is trans writing inflected by experience, identification, influence, politicization, culture, privilege, oppression? 
  • How do linguistic, national, class, ethnic, cultural and racial locations shape writing by trans, two spirit and genderqueer writers?
  • Writing as a form of narrative (or non-narrative) self-fashioning.
  • How might writing relate to practices of daily life, of transition, spirituality, community?
  • How might creative writing and performance be ways of doing politics (or making theory)? How does these practices relate to other ways of doing politics (and making theory)?
  • How do we write without a trans tradition? Within many traditions?
  • Are there unknown histories of trans literary production? How do we read a history of writing that is not visible or identified as trans?
  • How do we think about the popular (queer) reading of transsexual memoir as conservative and conventional? Is formally experimental writing also necessarily politically progressive?
  • Conversely (how) have trans writers taken up Sandy Stone’s 1989 call to enact or produce “a set of embodied texts whose potential for productive disruption of structured sexualities and spectra of desire has yet to be explored?”
  • How might translation (linguistic, cultural, generic, medial) induce trans genres and genders?
  • (How) might one put one’s body into language in a context of changing sex, or expressing gender? How does one write being in or across the between?
  • Is trans literature a minority literature, or several? A minor literature (or several)?
  • (How) do trans, genderqueer and two spirit writings engage and/or contest  transnational constructions of gender and sexual (minority) identity?
  • What genres and figures have been important for two spirit, genderqueer, trans identified writers and writers with transsexual histories?
  • What forms, modes, or genres of criticism might be best suited to trans, two spirit, and genderqueer writing?
  • What relations exist between trans writing and criticism and indigenous, postcolonial, queer, minority, sex worker and feminist creative and critical discourses?

This is an invitation to entertain these questions, and to pose new ones.

Proposals for academic papers and panels, as well as for artist’s workshops and performances, are welcome. Papers should be suitable for presentation in fifteen minutes; panels proposed should include between three and five participants; workshops may be proposed for either one or two hour blocks. Performance proposals should indicate whether they are better suited to presentation within a group reading or within the conference cabaret.

Please submit 250 to 400 word abstracts for papers, workshops and/or performances by February 15, 2014.  Panel proposals should include a 200 word panel description as well as individual abstracts. You will be informed of the status of your proposal on March 1, 2014. 

Presenters will be encouraged to upload full papers, workshop outlines, and/or relevant secondary materials to the conference website in the first week of May.

Highlights of the symposium (keynotes and the opening plenary) will be streamed live on the web. Recorded conference proceedings will be digitally archived, and publically accessible online.

Please submit proposals to writingtransgenres@gmail.com and indicate in the subject line whether your proposal is for a paper, panel, workshop or performance.

For all other questions and concerns, please write to writingtransgenres@gmail.com and indicate in the subject line: query.

Conference Registration

Registration Fee:

Sliding scale: (Salaried/full time: 120$, Part time/contract: 40$, unwaged: 10$)

Keynotes and daytime readings: free and open to the public.

Other registration details: TBA

Writing Trans Genres is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Institute for Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg. 

(via whatfollows)

Missive: a Transfeminist Journal. Call for Submissions!

topsidepress:

missivejournal:

Missive Journal, a new publication of original transfeminist thought, is calling for submissions for it’s first issue! We’re looking for essays, poetry, short fiction, visual art, and memoir written by trans women.

Most of the discourse surrounding trans women has almost nothing to do with our lived experiences, or is perpetually stuck in a state of Trans 101. The transfeminist writings which have most inspired us are ephemeral and scattered, situated as they are in various internet communities. And far too often, these conversations are derailed by an interloper almost as soon as they begin.

Our aim in starting Missive is to foster a different type of conversation about our bodies and our lives. It is a place to move beyond the politics of apologism; it is a place to collect and record transfeminist works.

We plan on distributing Missive as a digital file on a pay-what-you-can model, with proceeds split evenly amongst contributors.

Please send submissions to
missive.journal@gmail.com by December 31st, 2013.

the peeps behind this are legit! A++ participate!

(Source: missivejournal)

Zine - Is there a transgender text in this class? (free download)

odofemi:

topsidepress:

Topside Press is at the National Women’s Studies Conference this week, and we’ve made a zine to share with the professors and scholars. It is called “Is there a transgender text in this class?” and it’s about why and how transgender fiction and poetry should be included in courses.

The  16-page, quarter-page zine is available for free on our website, and it’s totally OK to read it online, print it out, give it away, sell it—whatever you want. If you have feedback for future versions, please drop us a line at info@topsidepress.com (or reblog, tweet, etc)

To read the zine online, you can download the pages PDF, or click over to our site to see the JPG files.
To print copies for your campus, info shop, or conference, download the spreads PDF

Download Options:

image

image

This is kind of the best thing.

Trans women writers—apply to these grants and residencies!

topsidepress:

One of the ways that authors and their books get into circulation in libraries, classrooms, on the desks of book critics at the New York Times, and other useful places, is via the complex, often shrouded, world of professional arts. Part of the reason you go to a residency at MacDowell is to work, and part of it is to make connections with other artists, gatekeepers, and decision makers.

Ultimately, putting your work in front of as many people who have the power to recommend it to other people is a good thing. Not enough trans women are in this “pro track” and if you qualify for the opportunities below, I encourage you to apply! We’ll keep posting things like this as we come across them, too.

If Topside has published your work in any form, we’re always happy to provide a letter of recommendation, just ask!

MacDowell Colony
Due Jan 15, 2014
http://www.macdowellcolony.org/apply.html
Residency

Yaddo
Due Jan 1, 2014
Residency
$1000 award 
Jan-March submission period
Barbara Deming Fund for Women Artists
$500-1500 grant
Due Dec 31st for fiction writers

(via whatfollows)

VOTING NOW OPEN!

hirstory:

image

VOTING GUIDELINES
Please decide on one (1) outstanding candidate in each award category who you believe deserves recognition above all others. Your choice should be based on your own thoughtful and thorough research of every single nominee in each category, and not motivated by nepotism or coercion. Please vote only ONCE (honor system). The names of candidates listed were submitted during the nomination phase of the awards. There is a write-in portion for others not listed. The focus should be on recent work, created from September 2012 to the present. Voting closes 11:59pm (PST) November 30th, 2013.

ABOUT
The MOTHA Art Awards are modeled after high-profile, industry- and identity-specific prizes such as the Lambda Literary and the GLAAD Awards, which celebrate a few achievements of the LGBT creative community and their mainstream media representations, respectively. The MOTHA Awards are also inspired by the performance-based artwork the Rob Pruitt Art Awards (theartawards2013.com). The MOTHA Awards highlight transgender contributions to our current cultural landscape while also highlighting the limitations inherent in such a system of competition, exclusion, tokenism, and positive-image pandering. Nominations and voting are open to everyone.

The winners of the 2013 MOTHA Art Awards will be posted to the MOTHA website (sfmotha.org) after December 1, 2013. Winners will receive nothing but the winning title. Winners must determine for themselves if the title signifies recognition of the merit of their work.

CONTINUE HERE TO VOTE

Vote for TWAT/fest in Group Exhibition! <3

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:

TWAT/fest Presents: Trans/Hysteria

Trans/Hysteria &#8212; Trans women face an ongoing and historical intersection between our pathologization as trans people and the regulating of women&#8217;s emotions through psychology. In Trans/Hysteria, trans women artists push the boundaries of mental &#8220;health,&#8221; the psychiatric system, and physical and mental extremes through live performance and video art.

TWAT/fest, the world&#8217;s ONLY trans women&#8217;s (and -spectrum) arts festival, is an ongoing multidisciplinary project by artist/curator ODOFEMI (Morgan M Page) focused on showcasing the work of trans women (and -spectrum) artists and building trans women&#8217;s arts culture in Toronto and abroad.

TWAT/fest is seeking submissions for Trans/Hysteria in video art (under 30 minutes) and live performance from trans woman-identified (and MAAB genderqueers who identify as trans) artists that fit with the curatorial themes described above. We are not currently seeking submissions for spoken word. TWAT/fest is committed to paying all artists for their work, even within our limited/no funding lifestyle. We encourage submissions from outside of Toronto and Canada, and are especially interested in submissions from people of colour, Indigenous people, sex workers, people living with HIV/AIDS, and people living with disabilities who identify as trans women (or -spectrum) artists.

SUBMISSIONS DUE: January 1st, 2014.
EVENT: February/March 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
SEND THEM TO: morganmpage@gmail.com with the subject line &#8220;TWAT/fest Submission: [Title of your piece]&#8221;

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:

TWAT/fest Presents: Trans/Hysteria

Trans/Hysteria — Trans women face an ongoing and historical intersection between our pathologization as trans people and the regulating of women’s emotions through psychology. In Trans/Hysteria, trans women artists push the boundaries of mental “health,” the psychiatric system, and physical and mental extremes through live performance and video art.

TWAT/fest, the world’s ONLY trans women’s (and -spectrum) arts festival, is an ongoing multidisciplinary project by artist/curator ODOFEMI (Morgan M Page) focused on showcasing the work of trans women (and -spectrum) artists and building trans women’s arts culture in Toronto and abroad.

TWAT/fest is seeking submissions for Trans/Hysteria in video art (under 30 minutes) and live performance from trans woman-identified (and MAAB genderqueers who identify as trans) artists that fit with the curatorial themes described above. We are not currently seeking submissions for spoken word. TWAT/fest is committed to paying all artists for their work, even within our limited/no funding lifestyle. We encourage submissions from outside of Toronto and Canada, and are especially interested in submissions from people of colour, Indigenous people, sex workers, people living with HIV/AIDS, and people living with disabilities who identify as trans women (or -spectrum) artists.

SUBMISSIONS DUE: January 1st, 2014.

EVENT: February/March 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

SEND THEM TO: morganmpage@gmail.com with the subject line “TWAT/fest Submission: [Title of your piece]”

Why TWAT/fest hasn’t happened again yet..

odofemi:

I keep meaning to organize the next TWAT/fest, but to tell the truth, the idea really depresses me. When I started TWAT/fest, the main impetus was that I was tired of seeing endless art shows about cis femmes and cis butches and trans men and genderqueers and gay men and basically every kind of person except trans women, which implied to me that trans women were not people, or at least weren’t people who made significant artistic contributions to queer culture or any culture for that matter. I was inspired directly by the work of Mirha-Soleil Ross in organizing Counting Past 2, the world’s first transsexual, transgender, and intersex video and performance festival in Toronto from 1998-2003.

Read More

odofemi:

Apol, Franke, and Isz are the best! Drunk, yes!

YRESSSSSSSSSSSSS

twat/fest 2012 review from prettyqueer.com

jackrad:

(for full review, visit prettyqueer.com)

Where were you on August 9, 2012?  If your answer isn’t “Buddies in Bad Times Theatre in Toronto,” you seriously missed out on history.

TWAT/Fest, the Trans Women’s Arts Toronto Festival (lovingly nicknamed the Trans Women’s Arts Throwdown), conceptualized and curated by PrettyQueer’s own Morgan M. Page/Odofemi, took place this month for the first time.  TWAT/Fest was the world’s first ever fine arts festival planned and curated by trans women to showcase the work of trans women artists.  The festival featured visual and performance art in a variety of media by talented trans women fine artists from across North America, each piece more stunning than the last.

The show was hosted by Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards’ 2011 Heartthrob of the Year Drew Deveaux.  Although she was certain to remind the audience that she is not actually a stand-up comedian, Deveaux’s stand up comedy-esque opening remarks and anecdotes between performances were a charming, funny and emotional celebration of trans women, particularly those in the arts.  Certainly the most memorable part of her introduction was when she confided that as a porn star, she’s often more comfortable in front of an audience without clothing, asking the audience if we would mind her stripping and then taking her clothing off to reveal “TWAT/Fest” written in silver letters across her bra and underwear.  Deveaux’s performance brought humour and continuity to the entire celebration of all these talented artists!

The show was a once in a lifetime experience and by the end of the night, audience members and artists alike were buzzing with excitement for the show and looking ahead to TWAT/Fest 2013 which promises to be bigger and better.  The after party at the Henhouse, DJ-ed by DJ Alyssa (Toronto)  and DJ Bratface (Montreal) featured a special performance by Morgan M. Page/Odofemi and was a fun and sexy celebration of talented trans women artists and those who love their work!  If you missed the after party, there are rumours of it becoming a quarterly event to keep the celebration of trans women artists alive year round and raise money for next year’s TWAT/Fest.  Keep an eye out for upcoming TWAT/Fest 2013 fundraisers and and if you missed TWAT/Fest this year, don’t make the same mistake twice!  Trans women artists should start working on your submissions for next summer now and start planning your trip to Toronto right away (that means non-Canadians should work on getting your passports now) because TWAT/Fest 2013 is not to be missed!

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twat/fest 2012 review from prettyqueer.com

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