The Octopus Literary Salon presents the second installment of #we, a talk and reading series of queer perspectives hosted by Richard Loranger. Each event features two writers from various segments of the queer spectrum, who each give a prepared talk on their perspective on or experience of queerness, followed by a reading of their creative work. For our second event, Lambda award-winning poet Jan Steckel will give a talk entitled "Bi Babes in the Woods” and will read a selection of poetry, and intersex writer Tom Odegard will speak on "Being Intersex”, followed by a selection of poetry. A Q&A and chat time will follow.
Absolutely all are welcome to this sharing of perspectives. The venue is wheelchair accessible, and ASL translation for the deaf is available on request, with a two-week notice preferred.
a new talk and reading series of queer perspectives
and Tom Odegard
Hosted by Richard Loranger
free of charge, and a hat will be passed
Jan Steckel is a former pediatrician who stopped practicing medicine because of chronic pain. Her latest poetry book is Like Flesh Covers Bone (Zeitgeist Press, December 2018). Her poetry book The Horizontal Poet (Zeitgeist Press, 2011) won a 2012 Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Nonfiction. Her fiction chapbook Mixing Tracks (Gertrude Press, 2009) and poetry chapbook The Underwater Hospital (Zeitgeist Press, 2006) also won awards. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Scholastic Magazine, Bellevue Literary Review, New Verse News, November 3 Club, Assaracus and elsewhere. Her work was nominated three times each for the Pushcart and Sundress Best of the Net anthologies, won the Goodreads Poetry Contest three times, and won various other awards. She lives in Oakland, California.
Tom Odegard is a gender-fluid empath, a non-binary two-spirit, builder, sailor, retired firefighter, jack of many trades and in order to remain sane, a poet. He learned he was intersex (47 xxy/KS) when he was 65. It was a vindication for all the struggles he'd endured until then. Since that time he has been an outspoken advocate for all intersex folk. He lives with his wife Connie in Oakland, CA and Friday Harbor, WA.