COYOTE/ COOPER/ WOODS: an evening of trans writers at the IPRC.



Join us on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the Independent Publishing Resource Center for an evening of storytelling, poetry, and creative nonfiction with award-winning Canadian author Ivan Coyote, and Portland authors Sara Woods and Cooper Lee Bombardier. These three seasoned performers will transport you through aural landscapes rendered in emotional narratives that will both surprise and ring true in their humanity. Listen to stories poetically inscribed across bodies and lived experiences passing through and subverting simple boxes of gender and identity.


Cover: $7– $20 sliding scale

(Portion of proceeds benefits IPRC)

About the Performers:

Ivan Coyote:

Ivan Coyote is the award-winning author of ten books, the creator of four short films, and has released three CDs that combine storytelling with music. Ivan is a seasoned stage performer and long-time road dog, and over the last eighteen years has become an audience favourite at storytelling, writer’s, film, poetry, and folk music festivals from Anchorage to Amsterdam. Ivan’s novel Bow Grip was awarded the ReLit Award for Best Novel in 2008, shortlisted for the Ferro-Grumley Award for Women’s Fiction, and listed as An American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book. The Globe and Mail newspaper called Coyote “a natural-born storyteller” and the Ottawa Xpress once said that “Coyote is to Canadian literature what kd lang is to country music: a beautifully odd fixture.”

Sara Woods:

Sara Woods is a writer & artist living in Portland, OR. She is author of the books Sara or the Existence of Fire (Horse Less Press 2014) and Wolf Doctors (Artifice Books 2014) and many chapbooks including the forthcoming Don’t Smoke in Bed: Letters (Saucepot Publishing, 2015). Her poetry is published or forthcoming in the magazines Denver Quarterly, Guernica, Them, Gulf Coast, Diagram, Dusie, EOAGH, Columbia Poetry Review and Salt Hill and the anthologies Guernica Annual and The Yolo Pages. She is a trans woman and a Scorpio.

Cooper Lee Bombardier:

Cooper Lee Bombardier is a writer and visual artist based in beautiful Portland, Oregon. In 2014 the Huffington Post named him one of “10 Transgender Artists Who Are Changing The Landscape Of Contemporary Art.” His writing is appears in various publications, including CutBank, Original Plumbing, Unshod Quills, Cavalcade, Lambda Literary Review, Largehearted Boy, Plasm, and The Rumpus; and several anthologies, including From the Inside Out: Radical Gender Transformation FTM and Beyond, Trans/Love, and Sister Spit: Writing, Rants and Reminiscence from the Road, from City Lights Books. He has published four chapbooks and several ‘zines. A veteran of the original Sister Spit tours, he has performed and exhibited art extensively across North America. He teaches writing at Portland State University, University of Portland, and through Literary Arts’ Writers In The Schools program. Cooper is currently completing his first book, a memoir about punk rock, coming out as an artist, the road, murder, and the AIDS crisis. Learn more at