Gina de Vries

Clearly, you need more Gina de Vries in your life!

Filed By Gina de Vries | February 11, 2009 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Living, Media, Politics, The Movement
Tags: bdsm/kink, gender, Intersex Issues, non-monogamy, polyamory, queer, queer literature, sex, sex-positivity, sexuality, shameless self-promotion, trans, transgender, travel, writing a book

Attention Pioneer Valley, Boston, NYC, & New England people!

I'm hoping to make it out to the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Reproductive Justice conference at Hampshire College this April, and to turn it into an opportunity to do some touring & teaching. I'm especially interested in hitting up places around the Pioneer Valley, Boston, and New York City. But if you're a) elsewhere on the east coast and wanna bring me out to your school, or b) can't do it in April, but still want to book a gig, definitely let me know!

Readings & Performances:

- I write & read smut, memoir, and fiction, usually with a queer and sex-positive bent. I've performed lots of places over the years, most regularly at the National Queer Arts Festival and Perverts Put Out, and most recently at the Reed College Chapel. ;) You can see samples of my work here.
- I've also hosted/emcee'd dozens of spoken word shows. I'm comfortable flying solo or performing with other folks.

Writing Workshops:

I've led creative writing workshops for a number of writers' groups, non-profits, schools, and conferences. I have experience teaching students from a wide variety of communities, cultures, and backgrounds; I'm especially skilled at working with the queer/LGBTQ, poly, and kink communities, and with people who do work or have worked in the sex industry. I currently teach an ongoing bi-monthly writing workshop for current and former sex workers. Previous day-long writing workshops I've taught include "Hot, Not Throbbing: How to Write About Sex Without Reaching Into Your Bag of Cliches" and "You Can't Say That: Writing About Secrets." I'm also open to creating writing workshops specifically for your community. You can read more about how to book me for a writing workshop here.

Lectures/Presentations/Political Workshops:

I have fifteen years of experience as a grassroots activist (I've literally been doing this work since middle school). I've presented a variety of lectures, presentations, and political workshops about sex, gender, and queer community over the years. Possible workshop topics could include: Making queer women's communities trans woman inclusive; overlap between sex worker community and queer community, and how to be an ally to the sex workers in your life; the differences and intersections between queer, trans, and intersex communities; how to be a trans ally; how to be an intersex ally... But all of that is just the tip of the iceberg. I'm very open to tailoring workshops to what your community might need.

Ping me at queershoulder@gmail.com to talk. Chances are, I'd love to come out your way.

xox,
Gina


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I guess DC is a little south of where you're planning on hitting, but I hope you make it here somehow!

Oh no! How did I never see this? Thanks so much for your sweetness, Nick! I'd love to come out to DC sometime!