At The Inkwell: LGBTQ History Month

At The Inkwell presents LGBTQ History Month, featuring readings by Serena Chopra, Natalie Sharp, Jona Fine, Deanna Rasch, Penellope Dihana, and Byron F. Aspaas.
There will be no open mic this month. 

At The
 Inkwell, founded in 2013, is a New York City-based supporter of published writers through features, book reviews and readings.

Founder Monique Antonette Lewis created At The Inkwell to help authors get more exposure to an increasingly crowded literary market. We feature writers across a variety of genres in fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

Today our reading series is held in Denver, London, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Richmond.


SERENA CHOPRA is a PhD (ABD) candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Denver. She is the author of two full-length books of poems, This Human (Coconut 2013) and Ic (Horse Less Press 2017), as well as two chapbooks, Penumbra (Flying Guillotine Press 2012) and Livid Season (Free Poetry 2012). She is a 2016-2017 Fulbright Scholar, composing a novel informed by her research with queer women in India. She is a multidisciplinary artist, working as a professional dancer, theater/performance artist and visual artist. She is a co-founder and actor in the poet’s theater group, GASP and recently worked with Denver’s Splintered Light Theater on a full-length production of Ic, for which she composed the sound score. She has an ongoing text/image collaboration, Memory is a Future Tense, with artist Lu Cong. Serena currently teaches in the MFA program at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Find her work and upcoming readings and performances at

NATALIE SHARP is a Black queer writer, dancer, and activist based in Denver, CO. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in poetry at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she also teaches undergraduate creative writing. A 2016 Pushcart Prize nominee and also a 2017 Lambda Literary Emerging LGBTQ Voices Fellow in poetry, Natalie is an avowed supporter of Waffle House on every block, queer liberation, and joy without forebodin

JONA FINE is a queer/genderqueer poet, photographer, artist, and performance artist. They live in Boulder, Colorado with their leopard gecko Max and currently work as a book designer for Hachette Book Group. Jona is the founder, editor, and designer of Le Petit Press. They own over 26 bowties and recently drew their coffee table, 1 drawing every thirty minutes for 25 hours straight.

DEANNA RASCH writes poetry, fiction, plays in the spaces in-between, and frequently rants on social media–each informed to some extent by a queer feminist identity, growing up in Ferguson, Missouri, and a sizable working-class chip on her shoulder accessorized by some shiny degrees. The most recent of those is an MFA in Creative Writing (in progress) at Regis University, where she feels lucky to have met some of the very best people while finding her very best voice again.

Born in 1980 on Earth, PENELLOPE DIHANA LOGUE, has traveled the globe in search of wonder and splendor. Her sculpture reflects the whimsy of Steampunk with a visible twist of her own life experience. Her current project is a museum exhibit showcasing the recovered remains from the great air war, an exhibit that has crossed dimensions to be viewed by the inhabitants of our realm. It details the bravely lived lives of the crew piloting the massive dirigables along with the amazing equipment that kept them airborn. Over the course of the last year Penellope has stepped into a more active and political role in the transgender community of Colorado, broadening both her social outreach and her artistic expression. As the fight for personhood deepens so too should the art of that community reflect its struggle. Penellope hopes to add her voice to the cry for Liberation and Personhood in a way that moves the conversation forward.

BYRON F. ASPAAS creates stories using images of landscape, which are etched upon white space with words of experience. Aspaas, who is Diné, has earned his BFA and MFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts. His ambition is to incorporate writing towards teaching and becoming a storyteller by influencing readers along this literary journey. His work is scattered throughout journals and anthologies; among them are RedInk, Yellow Medicine Review, 200 New Mexico Poems, Weber: The Contemporary West, As/Us: A Space for Women of the World, Semicolon, The Denver QuarterlyInternational Writing Program Collections, and The Rumpus. He is Red Running into the Water; born for the Bitter Water People. He resides with his partner, Seth Browder, his three cats, and four puppies in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he is working on his memoir.

Event date: 
Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm