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Steven Reigns (born 1975) is definitely an American poet, artist and activist noted for his poetry publications, his act as West Hollywood’s first City Poet, his participatory art projects, his Gay and lesbian activism, and the scholarly focus on Anais Nin.
Reigns increased in the suburban areas of St. Louis, Missouri. From your young age, he searched for refuge from the troubled home existence in local libraries where he discovered the authors who’d have a big impact by himself work: Azure, Kent Hemphill, Dorothy Allison, Edmund White-colored, Christopher Bram, Anais Nin, Irene Zahava, Amy Scholder, John Preston and Audre Lorde.
Reigns finished the College of Florida, where he authored a bi-monthly column for TLW magazine, having a degree in Creative Writing. Also, he includes a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch College.
Reigns is really a five-time person receiving the la County Department of Cultural Affairs’ Artist in Residency Grant. He was elected as West Hollywood’s inaugural City Poet for any two-year term starting in October 2014. He was selected as “Anyone to Watch in 2015” through the Advocate Magazine.
Reigns has reported public libraries and librarians like a major affect on his development being an artist and activist. He’s campaigned meant for gay, lesbian, bisexual and queer programming in libraries.
In 2004 he organized ‘Loving in Fear’, an LGBQT literary event as a result of Hillsborough County’s insufficient gay, lesbian, bisexual or queer programming. He recounted the knowledge inside a Watermark Magazine article about National Library Week. He was the first one to talk to the commissioners regarding their discriminatory policy in the library.
He was Literary Director for that Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Center of Tampa for 2 years.
Reigns continues to be keynote speaker at Rollins College, Stonewall Library, and also at the American Library Associations Annual Breakfast.
Reigns headed a course in Pinellas County doing Aids outreach to and testing of minorities within the inner city. He led to a panel with La County on standards of take care of Aids. This Year, he ran an assistance group that utilized film like a projective tool at Living.
This Year, he printed an essay in Frontiers Magazine on the requirement for new AIDS narratives in cinema and literature. Also, he printed a poem concerning the so-known as AIDS “Patient Zero” Gaetan Dugas.
Reigns produced The Gay Rub, a participatory art project this year and it has curated the work since. The Gay Rub is an accumulation of rubbings obtained from in the past significant LGBTQ public markers, memorials, and monuments. Participants from around the globe lead rubbings of markers using their home city, together with commentary. You will find presently greater than 200 rubbings within the collection, that has toured major universities.
Reigns has took part in several collaborative online projects, for example Louise Champs’ Mirror Project and Anni Holm’s Getting My Name Available.
He seemed to be a personality in Hilary Goldberg’s The Main Attraction.
His artwork continues to be proven in galleries through the U.S.A including in the Advocate gallery a part of Rainbow Gobblins exhibit in May 2007.
From 2007 to 2014, Reigns began a many years living/art project underneath the mentorship of Linda Montano, S(t)even Years.
Reigns and the work happen to be featured in a number of other media, including:
Reigns is definitely an Anais Nin scholar and it has presented in the Azure Symposium.
In Feb 2008, Reigns organized Anais Nin @ 105 in the Hammer Museum. Reigns stated, “Nin glued and created very deep friendships with men and women decades more youthful than her. A number of them continue to be residing in La and that i thought it would be wonderful to possess them share their encounters with (Nin),” It had been with the event Reigns met Bebe Barron, who made her last public appearance at Anais Nin @ 105. Reigns spoke at Bebe Barron’s memorial.
Reigns also combed through Nin’s original diaries to research the validity of Bern Porter’s claims of his sexual relationship within the 1930s with Anais Nin, that have been printed as a number of interviews within the 1990s. Reigns’ essay refuting Porter’s claims, Bern Porter’s Wild Sexual Existence with Anais Nin or Wild Imaginings? was printed in Coffee shop wide and Considering Anais Nin.
Reigns’ poem ‘Anais Nin Never Purchased a Car’ was printed in Divining Divas: 100 Gay Poets on their own Muses (2012).
Reigns also facilitated this years re-discharge of a lengthy out-of-circulation audiobook by Nin. Reigns loaned his rare 1949 pink vinyl form of Nin studying her prose poem House of Incest, recorded by Louis and Bebe Barron, for their boy Adam Barron. Adam Barron tried on the extender because the grounds for a CD release.
Reigns owns a sizable assortment of Nin memorabilia and ephemera, together with a copy of Marcel Proust’s Albertine disparue, once of Nin. Within the book are lines underlined by Henry Miller with notes designed in the margin by Nin and Miller.
Reigns also organized and curated Anais Nin’s Influence: Ladies who Understood Nin Discuss her Writing, Her Existence as well as their Friendship together with her in the West Hollywood Library in 2015. Reigns stated of Nin and also the event: “The struggles of existence, love, and artistry Nin documented at length daily. Her existence and writings tend to be more relevant now than ever before. Hearing firsthand from ladies who Nin is definitely an exceptional experience.”
In The month of january 2016, Reigns co-created a celebration at Antioch College Santa Barbara, The Allure of Anais Nin,
Reigns has trained writing workshops throughout his career. He started by teaching to Gay and lesbian youth groups over the U . s . States, adopted by workshops for Aids+ people,. He’s trained poetry to Gay and lesbian Seniors at La Gay and lesbian Center for several years. This workshop My Existence is Poetry was the very first available in the united states and led to a magazine from the students’ writings edited by Reigns. Within his tenure as West Hollywood City Poet, he trained free writing workshops for National Poetry Month in West Hollywood, CA.
Filmmaker Dean Littner, designed a 2014 Documentary concerning the 2013 My Existence Is Poetry studying by Reigns’ students.
Reigns has printed two collections of their own poetry:
Inheritance was selected by Lambda Literary Foundation’s My Mythic Club.
Reigns has additionally printed chapbooks:
His poetry is incorporated in Velvet Mafia, a poetry chapbook on lgbt reaction to war, Outdoors the Eco-friendly Zone. Reigns was featured as Mr. November within the Most Intriguing, notable and Sensual Male Poet Calendar(2006).
In June 2008, Reigns edited the anthology My Existence is Poetry, a magazine of autobiographical poetry by gay, lesbian, and bisexual seniors produced by individuals attending his workshops of the identical name. The poems are supported by photo taking portraits by Jenny Walters. The preface was compiled by Dorothy Allison.
In This summer 2015, Reigns edited 3-Pack Jack, a 3 book set according to his 2013 curation from the Apt3F performance series at Akbar, La.
Reigns’ papers are held through the ONE National Lgbt Archives at USC Libraries.