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Halifax launch of Lyric Sexology Vol. 1 (new edition)

July 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


This collection of lyric poetry draws on personal history and theory, anthropological and psychoanalytic archives, to “make a perfect mess of so much human experience that’s been too tidily categorized” (Michael V. Smith). The 2017 edition features four new poems and a new cover design by Kai Yun Ching and Wai-Yant Li.

Trish Salah says “Lyric Sexology came from wanting to stage new encounters with the archives of trans-formative discourses …. Lyric Sexology does affective work, and politically motivated and strategic dis-identificatory work, but it is also about allowing those archives to pose questions of this moment, these subjects we’ve become – are becoming. It is, for all that it slips regularly into lyric impersonation, also a procedural engagement with, or discourse analysis of, trans genre figure(s) within sexological, psychoanalytic, feminist, anthropological and biographical archives.”

Born in Halifax, Trish Salah is the author of Wanting in Arabic (TSAR 2002, 2013) and Lyric Sexology Vol. 1 (Roof 2014, Metonymy 2017) and co-editor of special issues of Canadian Review of American Studies 35.2 (2005) and TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly 1.4 (2014). The 2013 edition of Wanting in Arabic won the Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Fiction. At the University of Winnipeg she organized the conferences Writing Trans Genres: Emergent Literatures and Criticism and Decolonizing and Decriminalizing Trans Genres. Currently an assistant professor of Gender Studies at Queen’s University, she is a member of the editorial boards of TSQ, Eoagh, and Topia.

Trish Salah will be joined by Anna Quon!

Anna Quon is a middle-aged, mixed-race Mad woman; a novelist and poet, currently working on her third novel and first book length poetry collection; a temporarily physically disabled bus rider, a cat sitter, and a budding visual artist and filmmaker, and a Baha’i. She currently lives in Dartmouth.

Anna’s first novel, Migration Songs, was released by Invisible Publishing in 2009, and her second novel, Low exists in print (thanks to the same blessed company) from the Spring of 2013. Anna has also self-published two chapbooks of poetry, Poems for 4 Seasons and Half Empty, and three poetry zines.

Event Access Notes: This event will be held at Venus Envy, 1598 Barrington St. Venus Envy can be accessed by wheelchair, but unfortunately, our (gender-neutral) bathroom cannot. There is a public, wheelchair accessible bathroom at Starbucks, next door.

We sell scented products, so we cannot guarantee that our space is accessible for all folks with scent sensitivities. But we do ask that guests refrain from wearing scented products please!

If anyone would like sign language interpretation to be provided at this event, please contact Christine at and she will make that happen!


July 11, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Venus Envy Halifax
1589 Barrington Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J1Z6 Canada
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