Loud Voices, Full Hearts, & the Importance of Queer Readings


Through time after trying time, art has been a source of visibility and refuge for the queer community. It has been our voice when we were left voiceless, our weapon when our backs were against the wall, and our strength when we felt hopeless and afraid. From Gertrude Stein. Virginia Woolf and Oscar Wilde to Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Zora Neale Hurston, and Audre Lorde, writers have been able to overcome the trials of their time to emerge victorious through the practice and sharing of their craft. 

In these days, our generation is met with its own share of grievances and challenges to conquer. We have an opportunity now to build a community of artists and thinkers that fuels our desire to create work, challenges our world and perceptions, and strengthens our bond with our queer family. It is a fellowship meant to lift our spirits in time of crisis. This is not the time for navel-gazing poetry, but a time of words of power, a time for loud voices and full hearts. 

On Thursday, there will be eager minds ready to reach open ears, and you deserve to be a part of the experience. Witness a moment of relief, solidarity and beauty at Murmur this Thursday, March 2nd at 7pm as Kai Cherot, Catherine Rush, Ryder McEntyre, Monte Qarlo, Loner Loner Loner and Stevie King read original work at WUSSY Magazine’s first monthly reading Loudspeaker.

It is time for our voices to be heard.

Nicholas Goodly is a graduate poetry student at Columbia University. He is the current art editor of Columbia Journal Online and writing editor of WUSSY MAG.