Sapphic Storytelling: Queer eQuinox presented by The Rumpus and The Brooklyn Book Festival

September 28th
McNally Jackson Seaport

The Rumpus continues their Sapphic Summer series with Sapphic Storytelling: Queer eQuinox. Featuring authors Hannah Beresford, Jaquira Díaz, CJ Hauser, Lars Horn, and T Kira Madden, and Kelley Van Dilla. Moderated by Rumpus Editor, Alysia Li Ying Sawchyn.

In this series, we present writers we adore and use the term “sapphic” as a tongue-in-cheek term to refer to queerness that nods to the writerly and lacunae-filled history of queer people of all sexualities and genders. This event is a Bookends event presented in partnership with the Brooklyn Book Festival.

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Featured Readers

Hannah Beresford, originally of the Helderberg Escarpment of upstate New York, earned her MFA from New York University after spending four years on red dirt at Oklahoma State. Her poems are published in The Adroit Journal, Mid-American Review, Sycamore Review, Pleiades, among others. She is the recipient of a 2019 Poetry Foundation, Poetry Incubator fellowship, a 2017-2018 fellowship at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and is a graduate from the Teaching Artist Project, an arts in education training program that centers social justice-based pedagogy. She serves as a poetry editor for No Tokens, a freelance editor in all genres, and has taught poetry and creative writing at NYU, Drew University, and the College of Charleston.


T Kira Māhealani Madden is a writer, amateur magician, and Founding Editor of No Tokens, a magazine of literature and art. She is the author of the memoir, Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, and her debut novel, Whidbey, is forthcoming from Mariner.




Jaquira Díaz is the author of Ordinary Girls: A Memoir, winner of a Whiting Award, a Florida Book Awards Gold Medal, a Lambda Literary Awards finalist, an American Booksellers Association Indies Introduce Selection, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection, an Indie Next Pick, a Library Reads pick, and a finalist for the B&N Discover Prize. The recipient of the Jeanne Córdova Prize for Lesbian/Queer Nonfiction, the Alonzo Davis Fellowship, an Elizabeth George Foundation grant, and fellowships from MacDowell, The Kenyon Review, Bread Loaf, Sewanee, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and the Black Mountain Institute at UNLV, Díaz has written for The Atlantic, The Guardian, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, among other publications. She is Co-Executive Producer of Ordinary Girls, currently in development with FX. She lives in New York with her spouse, the writer Lars Horn, and teaches at Columbia University.

Lars Horn is a writer and translator working in literary and experimental non-fiction. Their first book, Voice of the Fish, won the 2020 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize, the 2023 Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award, and was named an Honor Book for the 2023 Stonewall Israel Fishman Nonfiction Book Award as well as an American Booksellers Association Indies Introduce Selection. The recipient of the Tin House Without Borders Residency and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Horn’s writing has appeared in Granta, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Kenyon Review, Poets & Writers, The Rumpus, Literary Hub, and elsewhere. Initially specializing in Phenomenology and Visual Arts scholarship, they hold MAs from the University of Edinburgh, the École normale supérieure, Paris, and Concordia University, Montreal. They teach at Columbia University and live in New York with their wife, the writer Jaquira Díaz.

CJ Hauser is a multi-genre, non-binary, queer amphibian of a person who splits time between rural Central New York and Brooklyn. They are the author of two novels and, most recently, a memoir: The Crane Wife. They teach creative writing at Colgate University.





Kelley Van Dilla is a writer and filmmaker based in Brooklyn. When she’s not making films about being queer and trans, she’s either kicking a soccer ball at her gay friends or tattooing them. She’s currently writing her first novel.






Alysia Li Ying Sawchyn is a Senior Essays Editor at The Rumpus. Her debut collection, A Fish Growing Lungs (2020), was a finalist for the Believer Awards in nonfiction. She has received fellowships from the Sewanee Writers' Conference and the Kenyon Writers' Workshop, and teaches nonfiction at Warren Wilson College.




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