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Dr. Chloe Schwenke is an openly transgender woman, who serves as the Executive Director of the country’s largest association of creative writers: AWP. Under the Obama administration, she was one of the first three transgender persons ever to receive a political appointment in the federal government. In May 2018, her memoir Self-ish: a transgender  awakening was published (Red Hen Press), which describes her life growing up in a Marine Corps family, living and working in Africa, and gradually becoming aware of her authentic gender identity. Chloe will be reading from her book, discussing her gendered views of our society and the importance of gender equality and respecting universal human dignity, and taking time to respond to questions.