Santa Fe Queer and Trans* Open Mic (SFQTOM) is a radical performance space for queer, trans*, and gender-creative community. Our gatherings are fun, sexy, anti-racist, and survivor-friendly. We encourage performers to take risks, explore edges, and bring their fierce and tender selves to the space. Performance may include poetry, prose, music, dance, comedy, spoken word, theatre, or movement.
Nina is a queer identified grown-up teen mama and YA novelist. She loves her dogs, hiking, digging in the dirt, and making comic zines about empowered snails. Nina lives in the Pacific Northwest with her partner, a collection of kids, and a pack of wayward pets. Nina’s new novel is Girls Like Me, a powerful coming of age story of a pregnant queer teenager who realizes that friends may make the best medicine.
“As a working-class teenage mom and avid reader, I was never able to find myself represented in books,” Nina Packebush says. “It was a lonely feeling that increased my feelings of worthlessness and isolation. Later, when I came out as queer, the chances of seeing myself represented in novels—even adult novels—became even less likely.”