How is queer representation in literature changing? In today’s social and political climate, how do writers construct and define queer characters, knowing there are real-world ramifications? Do they consider economics, race, class, geography or history? Are we seeing the erosion of queer, as queer characters begin to inhabit more mainstream texts? Benjamin Law hosts a conversation with prominent writers Ivan Coyote (Tomboy Survival Guide), C.S. Pacat (Captive Prince trilogy) and Peter Polites (Down the Hume).

Supported by Macquarie University.  

Curated by Peter Polites.

Ivan Coyote (International)

Ivan Coyote is the award-winning author of eleven books, the creator of four short films, and has released three albums that combine storytelling with music. Ivan is a seasoned stage performer and long-time road dog, and over the last two decades has become an audience favourite at storytelling, writers, film, poetry, and folk music festivals from Anchorage to Amsterdam to Australia. Ivan often grapples with the complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity in their work, as well as topics such as family, class, social justice and queer liberation, but always with a generous heart, a quick wit, and the nuanced and finely-honed timing of a gifted raconteur. IvanÕs eleventh book is Tomboy Survival Guide and recently was awarded a Stonewall Honor Book Award by the American Library Association, and was long-listed for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.