October 19 F-Bomb returns to Zoom, Hosted by Stina French and Featuring Jessica Lawson & Gia Kagan-Trenchard

F-Bomb is going back online for October! We’ll be hosting NYC-based performer, Gia K Trenchard, and Denver-local Jessica Lawson. Join us Tuesday, October 19 at 7 pm MDT, when Stina French hosts these two powerhouses who never flinch from going there. Whether “there” is all the way in, or so far out we must conceive new galaxies. Plus, 5-minute open mic slots for all others interested in sharing their flash pieces (fiction or non-fiction) or poetry on stage.

The theme is Innerspace/Outerspace, as our features both like to re-purpose their guts into poems, and both also have some incredible work involving space themes (Jeff Bezos’s space mission and the Mandalorian as allegory). The theme is obviously optional, as always.

Host Stina French is a college instructor and performer who specializes in vulnerable and graphic representations of sexuality, repression, and the healing process. She writes erotic mystery, magic-realist flash memoir, and poetry. She’s featured in many Colorado venues, and her work has appeared in Jen Pastiloff’s Manifest Station, Heavy Feather Review, South Broadway Ghost Society, Punch Drunk Press, among others. She leads monthly generative writing workshops and hosts the event, “listen to your skin: an erotic open-mic series” (last Sunday of each month). She wears welts from the Bible Belt, and is currently editing Take The Fruit, Flood The Desert: A Religious Trauma Abuse Anthology. She’s working on a manuscript, Also Arc, Also Offering, a Southern-queerdo memoir. Find her on IG at sister_rainbow_scream or visit her website, sisterrainbowscream.com.

Featured Reader Jessica Lawson (she/her/hers) is Denver-based writer, teacher, and queer single parent. Her debut book of poetry, Gash Atlas (forthcoming 2022), was selected by judge Erica Hunt for the Kore Press Institute Poetry Prize, and her chapbook Rot Contracts was published in 2020 (Trouble Department). A Pushcart-nominated poet, her writing has appeared in The Rumpus; Entropy; Dreginald; Yes, Poetry; The Wanderer; Cosmonauts Avenue; and elsewhere. She is currently at work on her second book project.

Featured Reader Gia Kagan-Trenchard is a writer, theater artist, and attorney. Her work has been featured on HBO’s Def Poetry, TEDx, and at the Public Theater. Her first play, In Spite of Everything, toured internationally as part of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival. Her first collection of poems, Murder Stay Murder, is available on Penmanship Books. She received her Juris Doctorate from Hofstra School of Law in 2014. She was awarded the Charles H. Revson Law Student Public Interest Fellowship, the Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellowship, and is a recipient of awards from both the Equal Justice Works and the Public Justice Foundation. She was also awarded a Postgraduate Fellowship to serve LGBTQ asylum seekers and help train law students in the Hofstra Asylum Clinic. Gia is currently an Adjunct Professor at New York Law School’s Asylum Clinic and hosts a weekly creative writing workshop/support group for trauma workers, These Rooms Don’t Know Our Names.

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