BIO: Celeste Chan is a queer artist, writer, and organizer, schooled by DIY and immigrant parents from Malaysia and the Bronx, NY. She is a Hedgebrook, Lambda, and VONA fellow – and recent Sister Spit alum. Her writing can be found in Ada, AWAY, Citron Review, cream city review’s genrequeer folio, Feminist Wire, Hyphen, Mixed Race/Queer and Feminist, and The Rumpus. She also has work in the anthologies, Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBT Voices, and Glitter & Grit: Queer Performance from Heels on Wheels.
Celeste collaborates and creates to amplify marginalized voices. She co-founded Queer Rebels, a queer and trans people of color arts project. They have toured films nationally, and screened work internationally at GLITCH festival, Entzaubert, Queeristan, What’s Your Flavor, CAAMFest, OUTSider, MIX NYC, Entzaubert, Queeristan, Korea Queer Film Festival, Imperfectu, and beyond. She’s a contributing editor for Foglifter, a new literary journal of queer form & content.
A lifelong student of alternative education, she created a Queer Rebels series called Writing Rainbow: A QTPOC FREE SCHOOL; she also served as student-teacher in DIY Art School. This summer, she’ll begin production on ART Heart, a documentary about riot grrrl’s subcultural lineage (with Elliat Graney-Saucke). This fall, she will lead nine-month long workshops: Queer Ancestors Project/ QAP Writes, for youth 18-24, and Writing Rainbow, for queer/trans and people of color writers of all ages. Email her for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org or through www.celestechan.com