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We Want It All: Trans Stories for the Future We All Deserve

Event date: 
Saturday, April 3, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Charis welcomes poets from the Lambda Literary Award-nominated, We Want it All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics, and novelist, Zeyn Joukhadar, author of The Thirty Names of Night: A Novel and The Map of Salt and Stars, for a celebration of trans liberation through poetry and story. This event takes place on crowdcast, Charis' virtual event platform. Register here

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.

The author of the “vivid and urgent…important and timely” (The New York Times Book Review) debut The Map of Salt and Stars returns with The Thirty Names of Night, the remarkably moving and lyrical novel following three generations of Syrian Americans who are linked by a mysterious species of bird and the truths they carry close to their hearts. Featuring Zeyn Joukhadar’s signature “magical and heart-wrenching” (The Christian Science Monitor) storytelling, The Thirty Names of Night is a timely exploration of how we all search for and ultimately embrace who we are.

Zeyn Joukhadar is the author of the Stonewall Book Award-winning novel The Thirty Names of Night as well as The Map of Salt and Starswhich won the 2018 Middle East Book Award and was translated into twenty languages. His work has appeared in Salon, The Paris Review, the Kink anthology, and elsewhere, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He is a member of the Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI), a Periplus Collective mentor, and was the recent guest editor of the Queer + Trans Voices issue of Mizna

Andrea Abi-Karam is a trans, arab-american punk poet-performer cyborg. They are the author of EXTRATRANSMISSION (Kelsey Street Press, 2019) a critique of the U.S. military’s role in the War on Terror, Villainy (Nightboat Books, September 2021), and with Kay Gabriel, they co-edited We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics (Nightboat Books, 2020). They are a leo obsessed with queer terror and convertibles.

Kay Gabriel is a poet and essayist. She lives in Queens, NY.

This event is free and open to all people, especially to those who have no income or low income right now, but we encourage and appreciate a solidarity donation in support of the work of Charis Circle, our programming non-profit. Charis Circle's mission is to foster sustainable feminist communities, work for social justice, and encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices. https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/CharisCircle?code=chariscirclepage

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We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics Cover Image
By Andrea Abi-Karam (Editor), Kay Gabriel (Editor)
$22.95
ISBN: 9781643620336
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Published: Nightboat Books - November 24th, 2020

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.


The Thirty Names of Night: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982121495
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Published: Atria Books - November 24th, 2020

Winner of the ALA Stonewall Book Award—Barbara Gittings Literature Award
Named Best Book of the Year by Bustle
Named Most Anticipated Book of the Year by The Millions, Electric Literature, and HuffPost

The author of the “vivid and urgent…important and timely” (The New York Times Bo


The Map of Salt and Stars: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781501169052
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Atria Books - March 12th, 2019

This powerful and lyrical debut novel is to Syria what The Kite Runner was to Afghanistan; the story of two girls living eight hundred years apart—a modern-day Syrian refugee seeking safety and an adventurous mapmaker’s apprentice—“perfectly aligns with the cultural moment” (The Providence Journal) and “shows how interconnected two suppos


Event Summary: 
Charis welcomes poets from the Lambda Literary Award-nominated, We Want it All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics, and novelist, Zeyn Joukhadar, author of The Thirty Names of Night: A Novel, for a celebration of trans liberation through poetry & story