Sapphic Summer Redux—Featuring Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya, Mai Tran, and Sarah Fonseca

August 24th
McNally Jackson Seaport
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Join Feminist Press, The Rumpus, and McNally Jackson for the second year of the Sapphic Summer, a series that brings together established and emerging writers for readings and conversation around all things sapphic.

This month’s event features writers Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya, Mai Tran, and Sarah Fonseca. We define “sapphic” as an umbrella term for attraction and relationships between women, inclusive of trans and cis women as well as nonbinary people who align and identify with these experiences. In this series, we aim to uplift sapphic writers who are often marginalized or excluded from the narrow scope of sapphic representation in mainstream media.

Founded in 2009, The Rumpus is one of the longest running independent online literary and culture magazines. The mostly volunteer-run magazine strives to be a platform for risk-taking voices and writing that might not find a home elsewhere. We lift up new voices alongside those of more established writers you already know and love. The Rumpus believes that literature builds community—and if reading the magazine or attending events like this one helps you feel more connected, you can show your support by visiting and making a donation or becoming a month or yearly Member.

Featured Readers

Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya is a lesbian writer of essays, fiction, and pop culture criticism living in Orlando. She is the author of Helen House (Burrow Press 2022), a queer horror novelette. She is the managing editor of Autostraddle and the managing editor of TriQuarterly magazine. Her short stories appear in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Catapult, The Offing, Joyland, The Rumpus, and others. Some of her pop culture writing can be found in The Cut, The A.V. Club, Vulture, Refinery29, and Vice, and she previously worked as a restaurant reporter for Eater NY.



Mai Tran is a genderqueer Vietnamese American writer and communications strategist. They were a recipient of Epiphany Zine's 2020 Breakout 8 Writers Prize and their work has appeared in Reductress, Apogee, The Margins, Vox, The Guardian, and elsewhere. They are currently a program coordinator for Lambda Literary’s LGBTQ Writers in Schools.




Sarah Fonseca is an American-born worker, reader, writer, and desultory thinker.


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