Poetry Reading & Author Panel


 WENDY CHIN-TANNER is the author of the poetry collection Turn (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014), which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award, and co-author of the graphic novel American Terrorist (A Wave Blue World, 2012). Her forthcoming book is Anyone Will Tell You, out in April from Sibling Rivalry Press. She is a founding editor at Kin Poetry Journal, poetry editor at The Nervous Breakdown, and co-founder of A Wave Blue World, an independent publishing company for graphic novels. Wendy is a trained sociologist specializing in race, identity, discourse analysis, and culture, and continues to write and educate on these topics as well as poetry. Born and raised in New York City and educated at Cambridge University, UK, Wendy is the mother of two daughters and the proud daughter of immigrants.


 AMIR RABIYAH is a two-spirit disabled queer femme poet and writing coach. They are the author of Prayers for My 17th Chromosome (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017), which was a finalist for the Publishing Triangle's Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature. They were born in London, England to a Cherokee and European mother and a Lebanese and Syrian father. Their work explores living life on the margins and at the intersections of multiple identities. Amir writes about living with chronic pain and illness, war, trauma, spirituality, redemption, and speaks on silenced places. Amir is the co-editor of Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices and has published in numerous anthologies and journals. They live in Chapel Hill and work at Flyleaf Books.


 MEGAN VOLPERT is the author of three books published by Sibling Rivalry Press: Sonics in Warholia (2011), Only Ride (2014), and 1976 (2016), with a new book, Boss Broad, out in early June. She is also editor of the American Library Association and Lambda Literary-honored This assignment is so gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013). She has been teaching high school English in Atlanta for over a decade and was 2014 Georgia Teacher of the Year. She writes for PopMatters and has edited anthologies of philosophical essays on Tom Petty and RuPaul’s Drag Race. More info can be found at www.meganvolpert.com.


 ERIC TRAN is a medical student at the University of North Carolina and holds an MFA from UNCW. He is the author of the chapbook Revisions, which was selected for publication in 2018 with Sibling Rivalry Press by Ocean Vuong, and was winner of the 2015 New Delta Review Matt Clark Prose Award and a finalist in the 2015 Indiana Review 1/2K Prize and the Tinderbox Poetry Prize.


 ADRA RAINE is a writer living in Durham, NC. She is a PhD candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she teaches literature and writing and is completing a dissertation on contemporary U.S. Poetry titled Resonance Over Resolution: Resisting Definition in Nathaniel Mackey, Ed Roberson, and Susan Howe's Post-1968 Poetics. Otherwise, she is working on a book length manuscript of poems and pose about parenthood in late capitalism titled Wonder Weeks, of which Want-Catcher is the first chapter.

Event date: 
Saturday, June 15, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Event address: 
4139 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28209