Author Event | Nia King: Queer & Trans Artists of Color
Saturday March 14, 2020: 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Downtown Library: 1st Floor Lobby
Join us for a talk by artist, activist and author, Nia King. King will speak about her book series, Queer & Trans Artists of Color and other projects.
Nia King is a queer mixed-race (Black/Lebanese/Hungarian) journalist and media-maker based in Philadelphia, PA. She has been hosting and producing We Want the Airwaves podcast, on which she interviews queer and trans artists of color about their lives and work, since 2013. She has self-published three books of interviews from the podcast: Queer & Trans Artists of Color: Stories of Some of Our Lives, edited by Jessica Glennon-Zukoff and Terra Mikalson (2014); Queer & Trans Artists of Color: Volume 2, edited by Elena Rose (2016); and Queer & Trans Artists of Color: Volume 3, edited by Maliha Ahmed (2019). In the books, King interviews fellow queer and trans artists of color about their work, their lives, and “making it” - both in terms of success and in terms of survival.
Nia's writing and comics have appeared at Colorlines.com, the East Bay Express, and Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory. She has spoken at colleges and conferences across the US and Canada including Stanford University, Swarthmore College, Queen's University, the Allied Media Conference, Facing Race, and the National Association for Ethnic Studies conference. She received a Best of the East Bay Award in 2016 and was featured in KQED's #BayBrilliant (formerly Women to Watch) series in 2018.
This event includes a signing with books for sale. Recommended reading: Queer & Trans Artists of Color, Volumes 1, 2, and 3. This event is part of a series organized by Stamps Gallery in partnership with the U-M Spectrum Center with support from the Ann Arbor District Library. It is sponsored by the U-M Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.