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Today, Vanessa told me,
“Yell it, scream it, shout it from the
rooftops. Beat your chest. Tear your hair. Bite. Scratch. Be theatrical.
Go wild. The more you mourn, the less you carry.”
I started to cry when she said that.
That’s really what this thing is about.
BGD Press is the brainchild of award-winning writer Mia McKenzie. What started out as a scream of anguish has evolved into a multi-faceted forum for expression. BGD seeks to, in as many ways as possible, amplify the voices, experiences and expressions of queer and trans people of color.
Since its inception in December 2011, BGD Blog has featured over 300 diverse writers from 3 countries and reached over 7 million readers from every populated continent on earth. With its focus on social justice from a QTPoC perspective, BGD is the only forum of its kind on the web.
BGD is a place where we can make our voices heard on the issues that interest us and affect us, where we can showcase our literary and artistic talents, where we can cry it out, and where we can explore and express our “dangerous” sides: our biggest, boldest, craziest, weirdest, wildest selves.
BGD Books, BGD’s offline publishing project, publishes books by queer and trans writers of color, including novels and essay collections.
Board of Directors
CarmenLeah Ascencio, Chair
Jezebel Delilah X, Secretary
Anna Pia Rensi, Member
Mia McKenzie is an award-winning writer and a smart, scrappy Philadelphian with a deep love of fake fur collars and Black people. She studied writing at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a black feminist and a freaking queer, facts that are often reflected in her stories, which are literary and lyrical and hella quirky, and which have won her some awards and grants, such as the Astraea Foundation’s Writers Fund Award (‘09) and the Leeway Foundation’s Transformation Award (‘11). Her debut novel, The Summer We Got Free, won the 2013 Lambda Literary Award. It has been described by author and critic Jewelle Gomez as “a brilliant tapestry filled with exuberance and anxiety”. Her second book, Black Girl Dangerous on Race, Queerness, Class and Gender is being taught at colleges and universities across the country. You can read her essays in BGD, The Guardian, Jezebel and Ebony, and her short stories in The Kenyon Review, McSweeney’s (forthcoming) and make/shift. She travels and speaks about race, queerness, gender, class, and the intersections of all of these. Read more about Mia and catch up on her latest writings at blackgirldangerous.com
(To book Mia or other BGD writers for an event at your university or other venue, to request an interview, or for republishing questions not already answered here, contact Ash Benson at bookings @ bgdpress. org. Please address your inquiry to Ash Benson. Questions or feedback about articles will not be forwarded to Ms. McKenzie.)
Director of Programs
Princess is an unapologetic trans latina survivor, creator, and anti-violence activist. Her latest projects include a Title IX teach-in, a book by and for trans women in recovery, and a zine about heroin addiction. There’s no hope on dope and our disease dies in the light of exposure.
(Available for panels only. To book Princess at your organization or school, contact Ash Benson at bookings @ bgdpress. org)