Book Talk: We Are Everywhere with Matthew Riemer and Curran Nault
Native Austinite Matthew Riemer, co-author of We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation, will be in discussion about the book with Curran Nault.
Riemer and co-author Leighton Brown are the creators and curators of Instagram’s @lgbt_history, a wildly popular resource for queer history. They live in Washington, D.C., where Leighton is an attorney and Matthew, a former attorney, is a writer and lecturer. They enjoy fighting fascists, spending time with their dog, and disrupting fundamentalists’ worldviews. We Are Everywhere is the couple’s first book.
Curran Nault is the author of Queercore: Queer Punk Media Subculture (Routledge, 2017), a close analysis of the transmedia subculture of 1980s Toronto (popularly known as queercore). Curran holds a PhD in Radio-Television-Film (RTF) from the University of Texas, where Curran is a joint lecturer in RTF, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Asian American Studies. Curran also works in the film industry as a documentary producer. Curran’s research on baklaFilipinx cinema is intertwined with his role as co-producer of the Guggenheim-funded feature documentary, Justice for Jennifer, directed by PJ Raval and set for 2018 festival release. The film explores the recent murder of a Filipina transwoman, Jennifer Laude, by a US marine, unpacking the complicated overlay of sexual, transgender and post-colonial politics on the island nation. Previously, Curran served as Associate Producer on the Sundance-funded gay senior documentary, Before You Know It (2013, SXSW Premiere). Finally, Curran is a community organizer—most recently as the Founder and Artistic Director of OUTsider, an out-of-the-box LGBTQ+ transmedia festival that mischievously mingles film, dance, theater, music, performance and visual art. Spotlighting voices and visions that are elsewhere sidelined, OUTsider provides a robust platform for queer artists across not only disciplinary boundaries, but those related to race, gender, generation, size, ability and national identity.