Lambda Litfest: The Techno-Living System

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N Avenue 50, Los Angeles, California 90042


THE TECHNO-LIVING SYSTEM: Join us for a multimedia arts performance and reading, where language, digital media, and internet culture converge to deepen investigations of identity, sexuality, race, ethnicity, politics, aesthetics, media, and language. Get your brunch on with pan dulce, mimosas, and coffee.

Performers (alphabetical):

Derrick Austin is the author of Trouble the Water (BOA Editions). A Cave Canem fellow, his work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2015, Image: A Journal of Arts and Religion, and New England Review. He is the 2016–2017 Ron Wallace Poetry Fellow at The Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing and was a finalist for the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award.

Myriam Gurba is a writer and artist. Her memoir, MEAN, is forthcoming from Coffee House Press. Her art has been exhibited in community centers, galleries, and museums. She loves the internet and money. 

Kolby Harvey’s work has appeared in Birkensnake, Dreginald, The Yoke, and American Book Review. He was a finalist in the Black River Chapbook Competition and received an Honorable Mention from Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction contest. He hopes these almost-accolades will help you take him seriously. She's getting a PhD at CU Boulder in Intermedia, Art, Writing, & Performance and doesn't care which pronoun. 

Yosimar Reyes is a nationally acclaimed poet, educator, performance artist and public speaker. Born in Guerreo, Mexico and raised in Eastside San Jose Reyes explores the themes of migration and sexuality in his work. His first collection of poetry, “For Colored Boys Who Speak Softly…” was self published after a collaboration with the legendary Carlos Santana. He was featured in the Documentary, 2nd Verse: The Rebirth of Poetry. Reyes has toured and presented in University campuses all over the United States. He is the co-founder of performance ensemble, La Maricolectiva, a community based performance group of queer undocumented poets. Reyes’ work has been published in various online journals as well as Mariposas: An anthology of Queer Modern Latino Poetry (Floricanto Press), Queer in Aztlán: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out (Cognella Press) and the forthcoming Joto: An Anthology of Queer Xicano & Chicano Poetry (Kórima Press). Reyes holds a B.A in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and is an Arts Fellow at Define American, an organization founded by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas (DefineAmerican.Com). Reyes is currently working on his one man show with Guerrilla Rep Theater to premier in the near future.

John Rufo reads and writes poetry at the University of California Riverside. His critical and creative work has been previously published, or is forthcoming, in Ploughshares, Entropy, Fanzine, JERRY, and Prelude. You can find him online at 

Vanessa Angélica Villarreal was born in the Rio Grande Valley borderlands to formerly undocumented Mexican immigrants. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in PBS Newshour, Poor Claudia, Waxwing, The Wanderer, DIAGRAM, The Feminist Wire, The Poetry Foundation Harriet Blog, and elsewhere. She has served as an editor for the Bettering American Poetry project. She is currently a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at USC, and is also a CantoMundo Fellow. Her book, Beast Meridian, is forthcoming from Noemi Press in early 2017. She currently eats tacos with her family in Los Angeles, CA, but her forever hometown is Houston, Texas.

Joining via Skype:

Raquel Gutierrez is a poet and essayist pursuing her MFA degree in poetry at the University of Arizona. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she writes about space and institutionality and publishes chapbooks by queers of color with the tiny press Econo Textual Objects, established in 2014. Her work has found homes in Huizache, The Portland Review, Los Angeles Weekly, GLQ: Gay and Lesbian Quarterly and Entropy. She received an MA in Performance Studies from New York University and a BA in Journalism and Central American Studies from California State University at Northridge. 

Tim Jones-Yelvington is a Chicago-based writer, multimedia performance artist, and nightlife personality. He is the author of short fiction chapbooks—"Evan's House and the Other Boys Who Live There" (in "They Could No Longer Contain Themselves," Rose Metal Press) and "Daniel, Damned" (Solar Luxuriance Press), and one full-length fiction collection, "This is a Dance Movie!" (Tiny Hardcore Press). His debut poetry chapbook, "Become On Yr Face," was winner of the 2016 DIAGRAM/New Michigan Press chapbook contest, and will be available in January 2017. His work has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Puerto Del Sol, Harpur Palate, and others. From 2010-12, he guest edited [PANK]'s annual queer issue.


Now more than ever, our stories matter. Don’t miss #LambdaLitFest Los Angeles, a FREE, weeklong literary festival that celebrates and honors and expands on the rich, diverse tradition of LGBTQ writers and readers in the Southland. Register now:

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