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I am available to give readings, talks, and workshops on a range of topics, including fiction writing, queer and trans writing, speculative writing, experimental/innovative literature, and asexuality studies. Contact me at maybe.milks@gmail.com if you would like to discuss bringing me to your campus or organization.

 

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UPCOMING APPEARANCES:

Candlelit Clarkson
w/Keith Newton & JoAnna Novak
August 17, 2017 | 8 pm
Brooklyn

Bad Boundaries 2: Ethics in New Narrative Writing Then & Now
Panel presentation w/Sam Cohen, Maxe Crandall, Nikki Darling, and Tim Jones-Yelvington
Communal Presence: New Narrative Writing Today

October 13-15, 2017
UC Berkeley

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OTHER NEWS:

 

Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives is now available as a paperback volume!

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Cheryl Wollner at Luna Station Quarterly interviewed me in Chicago. Here we are talking bodies, books, feelings, and fan fiction. 

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My third chapbook, The Feels, is out now from Black Warrior Review. The Feels is a collection of crossgenre writing that grew out of my Fan Fiction and Affect workshop for the AW Mellon Art & Scholarship series last year at UW-Madison. It features Melissa Etheridge lyrics upsetting / or feeling with / William James’s classic theory of emotion; feel extractions from One Direction fan fic; some dirty drabbles; and the Feel Machines (e.g. writing exercises) used to make these treasures. Many thanks to Black Warrior Review for giving it a home in Issue 42.2!

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Dazed Digital has named me one of ten “LGBT Writers to Watch,” along with Hilton Als, Casey Plett, and more.

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Kill Marguerite and Other Stories has won the 2015 Devil’s Kitchen Award in Fiction and been named a finalist in the LGBT Debut category of the 27th Annual Lambda Literary AwardsFor more Kill Marguerite-related news, travel on over to this page.

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PAST APPEARANCES:

The New School/Lang First Year Writing Faculty Reading
w/ Paul Nadal, Nina Boutsikaris, M. Milks
Monday, May 15, 2017
Dixon Place | 161A Chrystie St | New York, NY

Release Party for Marisa Crawford’s Reversible
w/ Hossannah Asuncion, Naomi Extra, M. Milks, & Molly Prentiss
Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Wendy’s Subway | 379 Bushwick Ave | Brooklyn, NY

Kellogg Writers Series
University of Indianapolis
Thursday, October 27th | 7:30 pm
Indianapolis, IN

Naked Heart Festival of LGBTQ Words
November 11-13th
Toronto, ON

FENCE 32 Launch Party
Tuesday, December 5th | 7-9:30 pm
Howl Happening | 6 E 1st St, New York, NY

Monsters of Poetry
w/Jennifer L. Knox, Steven Schroeder, Megan Milks, and Siwar Masannat

Saturday, March 12 | 8 pm
Arts and Literature Laboratory (ALL) | 2021 Winnebago | Madison, WI

AWP Offsite Event: Embawdied Lit: A Drag Reading Sequel
w/Vidhu Aggarwal, 
Kazim Ali, Derrick Austin, Jessica Rae Bergamino, Wo Chan aka Pearl Harbor, Tom Cho, Elliot DeLine, Kim Yideum, M Kitchell, Rickey Laurentiis, Ji Yoon Lee, Megan Milks, Sade Martha Mary Murphy, Roberto F. Santiago, JD Scott, Loma aka Christopher Soto, Vanessa Angelica Villarreal
Thursday, March 31 | 7:30-10 pm
The LASH | 117 Winston St | Los Angeles

AWP Panel: Coming of Age Queer
w/Amber Dawn, Tom Cho, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, and Tim Jones-Yelvington
Friday, April 1 | 1:30-2:45 pm
Room 410 | LA Convention Center | Los Angeles

Bennington Review & Black Warrior Review Launch Party and Reading
w/Kaveh Akbar, Rick Barot, Jericho Brown, Cynthia Cruz, Dorothea Lasky, Michael Martone, Sandra Simonds, Safiya Sinclair, Ursula Villarreal-Moura, Mark Baumer, MRB Chelko, Ansley Clark, Patty Yumi Cottrell, Kat Finch, Kendra Fortmeyer, Shamala Gallagher, and Megan Milks
Friday, April 1 | 6-8pm
R Bar | Los Angeles

Hop on Pop: Trans & GQ Poetry Reading
w/Ari Banias, Ching-In Chen, Christopher Soto (aka Loma), D’Lo, Emerson Whitney, Ely Shipley, H. Melt, Jenny Johnson, Jordan Rice, Jos Charles, Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, Joy Ladin, Max Wolf Valerio, Megan Milks, Oliver Bendorf, Ryka Aoki, Samuel Ace, Stephen Boyer, Stephen Ira, TC Tolbert, Trace Peterson, and Wo Chan
Friday, April 1 | 7:30-10 pm
Pop-Hop Books & Curio | 5002 York Blvd | Los Angeles

The Account & Memorious Offsite Reading
w/Stanley Plumly, David Baker, Lee Ann Roripaugh, Derrick Austin, Hadara Bar-Nadav, and Jennifer Pashley
Saturday, April 2 | 4-6 pm
Mandrake Bar2692 S La Cienega Blvd | Los Angeles

ALL OF US WITCHES: Nat. Brut & The Spectacle Offsite Event
w/readings by Tom Cho, Amber Dawn, Jayy Dodd, Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, Carribean Fragoza, Morgan Jerkins, Ginger Ko, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, and Kayla E & Meghan Lamb / with music by Xina Xurner
Saturday, April 2 | 9:30-11pm
MaRS Gallery | 649 S. Anderson St | Los Angeles

TOAST Reading
w/Alaura Seidl, Marcelle Richards, Joey Belonger, & Araceli Esparza
Friday, April 15 | 8 pm
Arts and Literature Laboratory (ALL) | 2021 Winnebago | Madison, WI

Devil’s Kitchen Fall Literary Festival
Readings by the 2015 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award Winners in Poetry and Fiction
w/David Tomas Martinez & Ben Tanzer
Thursday, October 22 | 4:30-6 pm
John C. Guyon Auditorium (1st Floor Morris Library) | SIU-Carbondale

“Hear Me with Your Whole Body”
Reading w/Emily Pittinos and Christina Wood Martinez
Friday, October 23 | 8 pm
Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center | St Louis, MO

Reading @ Chrysalis Opening Night
Part of PLATFORMS: Ten Years of Chances Dances
Saturday, September 19th
Rainbo Club | 1150 N Damen | Chicago, IL

Reading @ Spotlight: A showcase of GLBTQI organizations and resources in Chicago
Part of Making Chances Gallery Exhibition
w/Anna Martine Whitehead & Rebecca Kling
Thursday, October 1 |5 pm
Gallery 400 | 400 South Peoria Street, Chicago, IL

Paging the Body @ The 23rd Madison Poetry Annual
w/Oliver Bendorf & Anna Vitale (and lots others)
Sunday, May 17 | 12-4 pm
Olbrich Botanical Gardens | 3330 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI

Weird Animals: A Reading (Wiscon 2015)
w/Brooke Wonders, Rebecca Adams Wright, Alisa Alering, & Kodiak Julian
Saturday, May 23rd | 4-5:15 pm
Michelangelo’s Coffeehouse | Madison, WI

Bad Boundaries (&NOW Festival 2015)
w/Dodie Bellamy, Sam Cohen, Megan Milks, Stephen van Dyck, & Matias Viegener
Thursday, March 26th | 2:30-3:45 pm
CalArts | Valencia, CA

Marvelous Trash: Fan Fiction & Conceptualism (&NOW Festival 2015)
w/Johannes Göransson, Kate Durbin, K. Lorraine Graham, Joyelle McSweeney, Megan Milks, & Vanessa Roveto
Saturday, March 28th | 4-5:15 pm
CalArts | Valencia, CA

Embawdied Lit: A Drag Reading (AWP Offsite Event) 
w/Adam Atkinson, Jessica Rae Bergamino, Lucas de Lima, Lara Glenum, Johannes Göransson, Rj Equality Ingram, Tim Jones-Yelvington, Joyelle McSweeney, Megan Milks, Carrie Murphy, Sade Murphy, JD Scott, Sarah Smith, Jennifer Tamayo, Cassandra Troyan
Saturday, April 11th | 7 p.m.
Kieran’s Irish Pub | Minneapolis, MN

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A.W. MELLON ART & SCHOLARSHIP WORKSHOP
“Open Channels: Slash Aesthetics and Queer Affect.” 

Friday, December 12, 2014 | 10am-12pm
University of Wisconsin at Madison
[Read the Recap.]

READING w/CASSANDRA TROYAN & ANNA VITALE
Sunday, November 23, 20114
A Room of One’s Own Books | Madison, WI

FESTIVAL OF LANGUAGE/HAPPENINK READING & Q&A
w/Nate Hoks, Joseph P. Wood, and John F. Buckley .
Monday, November 10, 2014
Illinois State University

RE:VERSE READING SERIES 
w/Brandi Wells
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Location TBA | Bloomington, IL

RHAPSODOMANCY 10TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY
w/Billy Burgos, Melissa Chadburn, Antonia Crane, Michelle Detorie, David Gonzalez, Myriam Gurba, Megan Milks, Kate Maruyama, Tomas Moniz, & Lynne Thompson.
Sunday, October 12, 2014 | 7:00 pm
Good Luck Bar | 1514 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles

DOUBLE RELEASE PARTY w/CRIS MAZZA
May 8, 2014, 7:30 pm
Women and Children First in Chicago

SPOOKY SOLAR BIRDS
an offsite AWP reading featuring authors from Birds of Lace Press, Spooky Girlfriends Press, and Solar Luxuriance, including:
M. Kitchell, Janice Lee, and Cassandra Troyan (Solar Luxuriance)
Nicole Steinberg, Nate Logan, and A. Minetta Gould (Spooky Girlfriends)
and Lucas de Lima, Kristen Stone, Leon Baham, and Samantha Cohen (& me) (Birds of Lace)
Friday, February 28th 2014 | 3:30 – 5 pm
Left Bank Books (92 Pike Street, SEATTLE).

LIT MAGAZINE #25 RELEASE PARTY
Thursday, February 27, 2014 | 6:30 pm
Office Nomads (1617 Boylston Ave, SEATTLE)

RULE OF THREES AWP PARTY
featuring authors from Dark Coast, Emergency, and Jaded Ibis Presses.
Thursday, January 27th | 7:00 PM
The Triple Door (216 Union St, SEATTLE)

CHICAGO BIRKENPARTY!
w/James Tadd Adcox and Wyatt Sparks
December 7th, 2013, 7:30-9 pm
Uncharted Books in Chicago

A Special Uncalled-for Reading
w/ Jackie Wang, Jillian Soto, and Vicky Lim
August 30, 2013 7-9 pm
Uncharted Books 2630 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago

Reading/Artist Talk as part of Robin Hustle’s Slippery Slope group exhibition.
August 8, 2013 6-8 p.m.
Woman Made Gallery, 685 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago

Projecttile Reading Series, Volume 4
w/Lesley Dixon and Aimee Norris
Thursday, June 20, 2013 7 p.m.
Uncharted Books 2630 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago

Artifice 5 Release Party
w/Russ Woods, Matt Rown, Russell Jaffe, Matthew Reed Corey, and Steven Teref
Monday, June 24, 2013 7:30-10 p.m.
Cole’s Bar 2338 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago

Hinge Gallery Reading Series
w/Rickey Laurentiis and Cynthia Barounis
May 11, 2013 9 p.m.
Hinge Gallery, 410 N. Newstead, Saint Louis

Birds of Lace/Dancing Girl Press AWP reading 
w/Lisa Marie Basile, Stephanie Berger, Megan Irene Burbank, Jeanine Deibel, Carina Finn, Tess Patalano, Niina Pollari, JD Scott, Nicole Steinberg & Melinda Wilson
Saturday, March 9th 12:20 p.m.
Sheraton Boston (room TBA)

Dark of the Male, Light of the Female: Women Writing About Horrible Things
w/ Muyassar Kurdi, Swoon Lake, Daniela Olszewska, & Melissa Severin
Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 at 7 pm
Uncharted Books in Logan Square, Chicago

Ear Eater Reading Series
June 2012, Hyde Park, Chicago

Version Fest
May 2012, Chicago, IL

Books Have Ruined Our Lives, Now We Want to Ruin Yours: Starcherone Press Showcase
AWP Conference
March 2012, Chicago, IL

Montevidayo Omnibus Panel
&Now Festival of New Writing
October 2011, UCSD, San Diego

30 Under 30 Showcase
&Now Festival of New Writing
October 2009, SUNY Buffalo

Hull House Friday Night Reading Series
February 2011, UIC, Chicago

Another New Calligraphy Showcase
June 2010, Quimby’s, Chicago

Rec Room: The Death of Print
November 2009, Black Rock Bar, Chicago

AREA Magazine Release Party
October 2009, Chicago

Pocket Myths: The Odyssey Release Party
Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, New York

Syracuse MFA Reading Series
February 2007, Syracuse, NY

Poets & Writers Series w/Ben Marcus
September 2006, Temple University, Philadelphia

Place Holdings: A Public Art Exhibition
September 2006, Philadelphia