Events & Lectures

I regularly give talks, lectures, and class visits on literary, trans, and queer topics. For booking, please contact tracepeterson1 [at] gmail [dot] com.


  • Featured Reader, The Poetry Foundation. Chicago, IL.


  • Featured Reader, Poor Mouth Reading Series. An Beal Bocht, Bronx, NY. June 2023.
  • Featured Reader, Long River Reading Series. University of Connecticut. Storrs, CT. March 8, 2023. The other readers were Carly Bria and Daniel Milovic. Event curated by the Long River Review staff.
  • Co-Organizer, Co-Moderator, and Panelist, ”Trans Studies and the Transnational” Working Group. Modern Language Association. Jan 7-8, 2022. Washington, DC. Along with K. Allison Hammer and Jude Hayward-Jansen, I co-organized, co-moderated, and presented a talk at the first-ever Working Group in Trans Studies at MLA. The group featured nine scholarly participants.
  • Featured Reader, The Poetry Project at St Marks Church, New York, NY. Dec 2019. My reading was introduced by Maria Damon. The other reader was Philip Good. You can watch excerpts from the reading here and here.
  • Presenter, Panelist, and Reader at the Associated Writing Programs Conference. Portland, Oregon, March 2019. I hosted a Featured Event titled “Coloring Outside the Gender Binary: How Transgender Poets are Redefining What it Means to be Human” which also featured Joy Ladin, Ching-In Chen, Cam Awkward-Rich, and Max Wolf Valerio. I was a panelist for “The New Speculative: Writing Between Labels, Identities, Borders, and Bodies” with Everett Maroon, Amir Rabiyah, and Ashley Young. And I was a Featured Reader in the trans literature event “Reading in an Age of Chaos” with Everett Maroon and Carter Sickels.
  • Reader, Stonewall 50 Celebration. The Poetry Project. New York, NY. June 26, 2019. This reading was co-curated by The Academy of American Poets, Lambda Literary and The Poetry Project.
  • Featured Reader, KGB Monday Night Poetry Series. KGB Bar, New York, NY. Dec 4, 2017. The other readers were Devin Kelly and Danielle Blau. The event was curated by Jason Schneiderman.
  • Featured Reader, The Poetry Center. San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA. Nov 22, 2017. The other reader was Max Wolf Valerio. The event was curated by Steve Dickison and hosted by Elise Ficarra. There’s a video excerpt from my reading here.
  • Panelist, “A Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Reading” at AWP: Associated Writing Programs. Feb 2017. Washington, DC. The other participants were Imogen Binnie, Cooper Lee Bombardier, and Carter Sickels. The event was organized by Everett Maroon.
  • Keynote Speaker, Fantasia Fair (a transgender conference). Oct 2016, Provincetown, MA. The other keynote speakers at this conference were Jennifer Finney Boylan, Lorelei Erisis, and Diego Miguel Sanchez.
  • Panelist and Poetry Reading Curator/Host at Trans* Studies: An Interdisciplinary Conference. Sept 2016, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. I was a panelist on three separate panels at this conference, one of which I co-organized with Trish Salah. I also curated and hosted the main literary event at this conference, a 3-hour poetry reading featuring 12 major trans poets.
  • Featured Speaker, Perfectly Queer Readings. Books Inc, San Francisco, CA. April, 2016. For this reading, I gave a talk about the process of co-editing Troubling the Line. The other readers were Julian Brolaski, Gr Keer, and Zoe Tuck. The event was curated by Richard May.
  • Featured Reader, Sunday Salon Reading Series. New York, NY. April, 2016. The other readers included Wo Chan, Aimee Nezhuzumatatahil, and Morgan Parker. The event was curated by Nita Noveno. There’s a video excerpt here.
  • Panelist, “Trans Actions: Changing the Literary Landscape” at Periodically Speaking Series. March 16, 2016. New York Public Library, New York, NY. The other panelists were Kit Yan and Christopher Soto, and the event was hosted by Paul Legault on behalf of CLMP.
  • Panelist, “Anthologizing Queer: Defining Community and the Politics of Representation” at AWP: Associated Writing Programs. March 2016. Los Angeles, CA. This panel was moderated by Jason Schneiderman.
  • Invited/Featured Speaker, Trans Culture Series. Queer Resource Center, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT. Oct 28, 2015. This series was curated by Eero Talo.
  • Reader and Panelist, AWP Conference. March 2015. I participated in the reading “Queertopia or Bust” and the panel “Editing Queer Anthologies.”
  • Speaker, Women Wielding Words Conference, Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York, NY. Feb 28, 2015. Other participants in this conference included Patricia Spears Jones, Lee Bricetti, and Nita Noveno.
  • Plenary Panelist and Speaker at Writing Trans Genres: Emergent Literatures and Criticism. May 22-24, 2014. University of Winnipeg, Canada.
  • Panelist, “The Queer Gaze.” April 1, 2014. Bureau of General Services Queer Division, New York, NY. The other panelists were Samuel R. Delany, Ana Bozicevic, and Saeed Jones. The event was moderated by Lonely Christopher and presented by the Kristiania Collective.
  • Moderator, A Reading and Panel Discussion on Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. March 2013, AWP Conference, Boston, MA. This panel featured my Co- editor TC Tolbert, along with Dawn Lundy Martin and Trish Salah.
  • Panelist, Spanking and Poetry: A Conference on Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick. February 26, 2010. CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY
  • Panelist, Advancing Feminist Poetics & Activism: A Gathering, September 24-25, 2009. CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY
  • Organizer and Moderator, “Poetry and Architecture” event. April 25, 2009. Segue Reading Series, Bowery Poetry Club, New York, NY. This unusual, innovative event that I curated featured poets and architects Robert Kocik, Benjamin Aranda, and Vito Acconci discussing the relationship between the two media.
  • Featured Reader, The Poetry Project at St Marks Church. New York, NY. January 15, 2007. The other reader was Charles Alexander.