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Oct. 4: Transgender author kicks off colloquium series

FREDERICK, Md.—The fall colloquium series at Hood College will begin Oct. 4 when a transgender author discusses the role of stories in the preservation of transgender identity.

Lambda Literary Award-winning author Casey Plett will give a talk titled “Transition and/or Die: Age, Class, and Transsexual Traditions of Preservation Through Story” at 7 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center Commons.

Plett is the author of the short story collection, “A Safe Girl To Love.” She has been published in Rookie, Plenitude, the New York Times ArtsBeat Blog and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, among others. She is currently co-editing an anthology of speculative fiction from transgender writers. Originally from the Canadian Prairies, she lives in Windsor, Ontario.

This is the first event in the “Narrative at the Edge of the World” colloquium series. The series is about exploring the ways in which the stories we tell can and often do push beyond what we understand as the ordinary. Other fall semester colloquium events include an Oct. 26 talk by R.A. Kashanipour, who will be discussing science and fiction in enlightenment Mexico and a Nov. 16 presentation by J. Michael Martinez, who will talk about poetry and game design.

All colloquium events are free and open to the public, and the series is funded in part by a National Endowment for the Humanities challenge grant. For more information, contact Aaron Angello at or visit