The Sanctuary Series

The Millay Colony for the Arts

How does it feel to live in a body? In what ways are our bodies imperiled in this political climate? How do race, gender, sex, and class inspire or limit our bodies in public and private?

In this one-day workshop, we’ll think, talk, and write about love, death, power, race, class, sex, illness, sleep, eating, stress, and many other experiences of the body. We will use generative exercises, free writing, and associative writing to organize our thoughts and get words on the page. Together, we will we hone our voices and find ways to write against political forces that seek to destabilize and devalue us.

This workshop is designed to generate new content and directions. Students will leave with the tools to create a polished personal essay.

This series of workshops is part of our newly formed Alliance Program. It brings together artists, people working in the healing arts and educators in collaborative sessions that ask participants to creatively imagine desired cultural and community outcomes as well as their role within those outcomes. Held in New York City, these are 2-3 hour workshops centered on writing or visual art-making.

Location: Workshops take place at The Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 E 11th Street, NY, NY 10003. 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q or L to Union Square/14th St. 

Saturday June 2, 1-4 pm

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Work With Me at the Lambda Retreat





I’m teaching the nonfiction cohort at this years Lambda Literary Writers Retreat. Want to work with me? Apply!

The Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices was established in 2007 and is the first of its kind ever offered to LGBTQ writers: a one-week intensive immersion in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, genre fiction and playwriting. The Retreat is an unparalleled opportunity to be mentored by the very best writers in our community, to develop one’s craft, make connections with publishing industry professionals and build a strong community of peers.

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June 11

The Racket #20

Adobe Books

3130 24th Street


September 25


Dixon Place

161A Chrystie St, New York



August 6

The Forum

9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles



July 25


Hot Festival

Dixon Place

161A Chrystie St, New York





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Chapbook Launch



St. Mark’s Church
131 E. 10th Street, New York, NY 10003

Friday, January 15, 2016, 8:00 pm

With Jane Delynn

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About The Husbands:

It’s cool to be irreverent, to not give a shit. People say it about writers but rarely is it ever earned. With an irrepressibly ductile narrative voice that will take you literally anywhere, Diana Cage earns it here, hard. And she gives a shit, too! So much so she breaks into splotches trying to subvert or, ooops, also then revert to?? ALL existing norms. The Husbands is an education on how to be present in a world where no one is—how to sit shiva for your dad, for yourself, for capitalism, for marriage, for “monogs,” for gender, whatever. This stuff is uncomfortable. It’s MEANT to be. But what’s more present than driving up the I-5 watching your perky-titted mom dump your dad’s freshly-cremated ashes out the window? What? What?
–Jess Arndt, Large Animals


The Husbands takes a hilarious and devastating look at love and intimacy and the accompanying fear. Cage moves seamlessly through time, describing her world with addictive humor. This is funny, smart cultural critique disguised as fiction.
–Sam Feder, Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger


Event by event, encountered through the critical landscape of queer feminism and the physical social fact of eternal womanhood, The Husbands accumulates into a wry, ornamental survey of ruin. Our heroine’s head is held to keen absorption; it’s too much even for she who is “striving to be Continental in affect.” Cage’s characters collect and deflect contemporary events as they love and labor with articulate coherence that is also impossible amid the absurdity of everyday life on Mars, or the suburban Bay Area.
–Rachel Levitsky, The Story of My Accident Is Ours


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Together Men Make Paradigms


Andy Warhol and Aristophanes shoved through the love grindr of feminist revenge.

“Together Men Make Paradigms” is a play about our fucked up histories and how we contend with them in our daily lives. With characters drawn from the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, Phaedrus, and A Streetcar Named Desire, this performance emphasizes queer collage as an antidote and legacy to queer activism and camp representation. Constructing impossible historical crossroads, “Together Men Make Paradigms” cross-pollinates the picaresque with office talk and Plato with rom-coms in order to expose the operatic overtures of middle-management masculinity. With a focus on language, experimentation, and activist principles, this work fuses raw sexuality into anti-pro-masculine cos-play.

Featuring: Ella Boureau, Stephen Boyer, Diana Cage, Red Durkin, Sam Feder, Brenda Iijima, William Johnson, Theodore Kerr, Elizabeth Koke, Rachel Levitsky, Trisha Low, Buzz Slutzky, Aldreen Valdez, Adrien A. Weibgen, Lara Weibgen, and many more TBA

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