Queer Home CookOUT Tour/POSTPONED
This event is postponed-----we are eager to reschedule and will keep you posted!
Foglifter, the San Francisco Bay Area’s premier non-profit LGBTQ+ literary arts press, announces the Cleveland leg of Queer Home CookOUT Tour. Foglifter road trips across the country to collaborate with local bookstores and the contributing writers of the Home is Where You Queer Your Heart anthology in their own hometowns for a reading. These contributors have invited a roster of local queer and trans talent to celebrate the anthology's themes of chosen family and community. Mac’s Books will host the Cleveland event at the B-Side patio located at 2785 Euclid Heights Boulevard in Cleveland Heights on August 15th from 4:30-6:00pm. All tour events are free and open to the public.
Featured readers include KJ Cerankowski, Braveheart Gillani, Miah Jeffra, Ken Schneck and other special guests.
Home is Where You Queer Your Heart anthologizes contemporary queer writers and artists creatively thinking through the complex and fluid realities of home in the U.S. and abroad. Curated during the 2020 U.S. presidential election and the COVID-19 pandemic, as the culture shifts into a new normal—and many queer people feel their nation has further precluded them from a place of comfort—poets, essayists, storytellers, and artists remind us that it is at our kitchen tables, in our bedrooms, on our porches that make us who we are.
KJ Cerankowski teaches in comparative American studies; and gender, sexuality, and feminist studies at Oberlin. Their research interests include asexuality, trauma studies, queer theory, and transgender studies. Cerankowski is the co-editor of Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives (Routledge 2014) and has published essays in the journals Feminist Studies, WSQ (Women's Studies Quarterly), and The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought. Professor Cerankowski teaches a range of courses on histories of sexuality, queer and trans cultural studies, and American identity and politics.
Miah Jeffra is a writer, artist, curator and educator, currently living in San Francisco. A military brat, Jeffra moved throughout their childhood, but most identifies the South as home.
They spent their high school years in Baltimore, and then moved to Atlanta, where they studied English, Music and Theatre at Oglethorpe University. Miah later studied in the MFA Critical Studies program at the California Institute of the Arts and the MA program in English at San Francisco State University. Jeffra teaches Writing, Drama, Anti-Racist and Cultural Studies at Santa Clara University, and is Founding Editor and Production Designer for queer literary collaborative, Foglifter Press.
Ken Schneck serves as the editor for The Buckeye Flame, Ohio’s LGBTQ+ digital platform. He writes regular features for Cleveland Magazine, PRIZM, and FreshWater Cleveland, and his writing has been recognized multiple times by the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, including First Place in the "Best Criticism/Editorial" category. His work has been published in a ton of national media including The Advocate, The Windy City Times, 201 Magazine, Bravo TV, and NBC News.
His piece “Cleveland Pride Was Just Canceled. And It Hurts.” coalesced the rainbow energy of the entire world to make the push to (successfully!) restore the Cleveland LGBT Pride events.
Ken is a tenured professor of Education at Baldwin Wallace University and serves as the Director of the Leadership in Higher Education (LHE) program, where he teaches courses on student development theory; race, class and gender in higher education; college leadership; and the intersection of public policy and higher education.
He has published several books including LGBTQ Cleveland, LGBTQ Columbus and LGBTQ Cincinnati, all in Arcadia Press' Images of Modern America series.