Callum Angus with Hazel Jane Plante & Corinne Manning

Tonight we’ll also join Massy Arts Society and Montreal based Metonymy Press in presenting Portland author Callum Angus in conversation with Hazel Jane Plante and Corinne Manning. Callum Angus will be celebrating the publication of A Natural History of Transition (Metonymy Press), a collection of short stories that disrupts the notion that trans people can only have one transformation. Like the landscape studied over eons, change does not have an expiration date for these trans characters, who grow as tall as buildings, turn into mountains, unravel hometown mysteries, and give birth to cocoons.

Portland-based author Callum Angus infuses his work with a mix of alternative history, horror, and a reality heavily dosed with magic. Callum Angus is a trans writer and editor. His work has appeared in Nat. Brut, West Branch, LA Review of Books, Catapult, The Common, Seventh Wave Magazine and elsewhere. He has received support from Lambda Literary and Signal Fire Foundation for the Arts, and he holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the founding editor of the journal smoke and mold.

Hazel Jane Plante is a librarian, cat photographer, and writer. Her debut novel Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian) (Metonymy Press, 2019) was given a Lambda Literary award for trans fiction. She also releases music under the name lo-fi lioness and helms the podcast t4t, which is about writing while trans. Corinne Manning is a prose writer and literary organizer. Their stories and essays have been published widely, including in Toward an Ethics of Activism and Shadow Map: An Anthology of Survivors of Sexual Assault. Corinne founded The James Franco Review, a project that sought to address implicit bias in the publishing industry. We Had No Rules (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2020) is their first book.

Massy Arts Society is a community hub dedicated to supporting the practices of Indigenous and underrepresented artists. Without a fixed location, we are able to build community across a number of sites and through partnerships.

Co-presented by Massy Arts Society, Metonymy Press and the Elliott Bay Book Company


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A Natural History of Transition Cover Image
ISBN: 9781999058876
Availability: Backordered
(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Metonymy Press - April 27th, 2021

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Little Blue Encyclopedia (for Vivian) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780994047199
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Metonymy Press - September 30th, 2019

We Had No Rules Cover Image
ISBN: 9781551527994
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arsenal Pulp Press - May 12th, 2020

Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 6:30pm
Virtual hosted by Massy Arts Society