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Lambda Literary Award Finalist!
Cover Artist: Jack Dandy/Chris Carraher
Layout/Book Design: A.J. Bryce
Published: April 2012
139 pgs. Paperback
Seasonal Velocities invites the reader on a fragile and furious journey along the highways and skyways of discovery, retribution, and resolve. Through her poetry, essays, stories, and performances, award-winning writer Ryka Aoki has consistently challenged, informed, and enthralled queer audiences across the United States.
Ryka Aoki appears in the recent trans documentaries “Diagnosing Difference” and “Riot Acts,” Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation (Seal Press), and the forthcoming Transfeminist Perspectives(Temple University Press). She has been honored by the California State Senate for her “extraordinary commitment to free speech and artistic expression, as well as the visibility and well-being of Transgender people.” She has worked with the American Association of Hiroshima-Nagasaki A-Bomb Survivors, and two of her compositions were adopted as its official “Songs of Peace.”Ryka was the inaugural performer for San Francisco’s first ever Transgender Stage at San Francisco Pride 2005, and has performed in venues including the San Francisco Pride Main Stage, the Columbus National Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival, the National Queer Arts Festival, Ladyfest South, Atlanta Pride, UCLA’s OutCRY, Santa Cruz Pride, and Emory University’s Pride Week. Ryka was keynote speaker at UC Santa Barbara’s 2005 Pride Week, GenderFusions 2008 at Columbia College, UW Madison’s Trans Awareness Week 2009, the 2010 Transaction Week and UC Davis, and the 2010 QPOC Conference at UC Riverside.Ryka has as an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University and is the recipient of a University Award from the Academy of American Poets. Her chapbook, Sometimes Too Hot the Eye of Heaven Shines (RADAR Publications) won the 2010 Eli Coppola Chapbook Contest. She is a professor of English at Santa Monica College.