Trans Actions: Changing the Literary Landscape

The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses and the NYPL host a panel discussion with editors Trace Peterson (Troubling the Line), Christopher “Loma” Soto (Nepantla), and Kit Yan (Queer Heartache) about the recent proliferation of trans literature in indie publishing, as well as issues of trans representation in the publishing industry. A reception will follow.

The panel will address questions including: What does it mean to be a trans editor working in publishing? How do we define trans writing and who is it for? How can a trans editor protect writers against institutional biases? Where can we find trans writing now? And how might we change the publishing landscape to better represent the trans community

CHRISTOPHER “LOMA” SOTO is the founding editor of Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, published with the Lambda Literary Foundation. Poets & Writers honored Christopher Soto with the 2016 “Barnes & Nobles Writer for Writers Award.” Soto holds an MFA in poetry from NYU and is the author of Sad Girl Poems (Sibling Rivalry Press).

TRACE PETERSON is editor/publisher of EOAGH, co-editor of Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books, 2013) and author of Since I Moved In (Chax Press, 2007). She is currently a PhD candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center.

KIT YAN is an award-winning queer, transgender, and Asian American Brooklyn based slam poet from Hawaii. Kit’s solo slam poetry show Queer Heartache recently won the Spirit of Fringe, Artists’ Pick, and Audience Choice awards at the Chicago Fringe Festival. Kit has been featured on television programs including HBO’s Asian Aloud, PBS’s Asian America and MYX TV.

This event will take place in the Margaret Liebman Berger Forum at NYPL's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 5th Ave and 42nd Street, on March 16, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. With special thanks to the New York Public Library's LGBT Initiative. For more information, visit:

Presented by the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) and The New York Public Library, the Periodically Speaking reading series highlights the riches of literary magazines (and indie lit publishing in general) in New York City and the magazine collections of The New York Public Library.