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Alix Olson, feminist lesbian performance poet and Winner of the 1999 Outwrite Poetry Slam, performs two gender-oriented works

Samuel R. Delaney, author of "Dhalgren", one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time, on racial, sexual and gender themes in his work and in the world of science fiction

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00:00 Introduction
13:28 Question of the Week
Question: "Why has the "transgender" movement taken the word Gender as a social issue, when half of Gender is the physical aspect-- The Body. Because of endocrine health problems many people are "straight" gender socially, but are variant gender physical. I do not think your show as really addressed this. My connection with this is a severe lifelong case of gynecomastia with none fatty material. Also there are quite a number of men with my condition who are Gay, Bi, or crossdressers. " (from: William)
Question: "My face looks just as soft and passive it could possibly look some days and hard and aggressive other days. Does testosterone play a role in this? How? " (from: Stacey Garrison)
19:31 Hal Fuller's Twisted Nasty News
30:30 Alix Olson, feminist lesbian performance poet. According to her bio, "Alix Olson is a dynamic performer, prominent in the New York City and National Spoken Word scenes. She is a member of the 1998 Nuyorican National Championship Poetry Slam Team and the 1999 OutWrite National Poetry Slam Champion. " This, and much more: she is acclaimed by feminist and queer actisists alike for her incisive, political work. We talked with Alix about poetry and slams and gender, and she performed two gender-oriented poems for us:
41:33 (2:40) - "Gender Game", performed with help from friend and performance partner Neeve
52:26 (3:06) - "Daughter"
We also speak briefly with Alix's performance partner Neeve about a program for poetry in High Schools.
Visit Alix's website at
59:39 Special Message
60:55 Boston area (and national) announcements
63:48 Samuel Delaney, author of "Dhalgren", an apocalyptic tale which received rave reviews on its release in 1975, which went on to become one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time, and which is being reissued today. He has received two Hugo and four Nebula awards for his Science Fiction writing, which presents groundbreakingly diverse gender, sexual and racial imagery. Delaney is well known as the first 'out' gay African American science fiction writer, and we spoke with him about diversity themes in his work and in the world of science fiction. Delaney currently teaches creative writing at Temple University.
Visit the publisher's web page for "Dhalgren."
Read more about Samuel R. Delaney and find much more info via this extensive fan site.
Read the author's answers to questions about "Dhalgren" at this web page.
88:25 End
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