Speaking of AK Press, check out Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex. Editors Eric A Stanley and Nat Smith, “bring together current and former prisoners, activists, and academics to offer new ways for understanding how race, gender, ability, and sexuality are lived under the crushing weight of captivity.” Contributor Dean Spade (Normal Life) and Eric Stanley are speaking together at UC Davis this February 9th to discuss prison abolition and trans politics. A panel discussion with Eric Stanley, Nat Smith, Julia Oparah ( Sudbury), Alexander Lee, Dean Spade, Michelle Potts, Ralowe Ampu will follow at UC Berkely the next day. Specifics as well as more readings and panels are listed here. Also check out this interview with San Francisco Weekly.
For artists who read a lot (particularly those tickled by the disturbing, depressing, and macabre): A BOMB magazine contest! For money! Inspired by a new book by Etgar Keret!
For readers and writers who date a lot (or want to): N+1 magazine has personals? According to the site, N+1 personals, started by internist Kailtin Phillips, is “for all the sad young literary people in the world who still haven’t found their +1 (melancholia and relative youth are in fact optional, but if you haven’t read Middlemarch/back issues of Harper’s/J R we suggest looking elsewhere).” New York Magazine reviews the site here.
Finally, please check out this Colorlines.comPolitical Obituary of Etta James. “At age five, James developed two relationships that would remain with her throughout her life: one relationship with singing and one with black gay men, and the LGBT community as a whole.”