Rescheduled to 9/15: AND THE CATEGORY IS...with author Ricky Tucker & Authoring Action

Graphic for Authoring Action event on Tuesday, August 9 at 6:30 pmPlease note this event has been rescheduled to Thursday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m.


Join Winston-Salem-raised writer-teacher Ricky Tucker, and Authoring Action founders Nathan Ross Freeman and Lynn Rhoades as they discuss Tucker’s L.A. Times best-selling debut, And the Category Is…: Inside New York’s Vogue, House, and Ballroom Community, the importance of writing and performance in the lives of young people, and the unparalleled impact of chosen family.

*Tucker will also read an excerpt from his book and sign audience copies.


About Ricky Tucker

Ricky Tucker is a writer, educator, art critic, and North Carolina native based in Brooklyn. His work explores the imprints of art and memory on narrative, and the absurdity of most fleeting moments. He has written for the Paris Review, the Tenth Magazine, and Public Seminar, among others, and has performed for reading series including the Moth Grand SLAM, Sister Spit, Born: Free, and Spark London. He was chosen as a 2017 Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Fellow for creative nonfiction, a 2021 Writers House Pittsburgh Resident, and a 2022 Virginia Center for The Creative Arts resident. Tucker received his Writer/Teacher MA at Goldsmiths, University of London, and a B.A. in fiction at The New School where he later served as Senior Writer for marketing, and now teaches Reading for Writers at Eugene Lang, its college of liberal arts. His debut book, And the Category Is…Inside New York’s Vogue, House, and Ballroom Community (Beacon Press) is available online and in stores.

About Authoring Action

Authoring Action is an organization that provides tools to youth for their personal success in any career, calling and life path. Our students are authors of their own lives once they have learned to think analytically, present confidently and express themselves dynamically through creative writing, speech, film and design. Our programming is devoted to building youth as authors, community leaders and advocates for social change - redefining learning through the arts and supporting stronger communities. Learn more at

About Lynn Rhoades

Co-founder and Executive Director of Author Action. Along with administrative oversight, program development and vocal coaching, Rhoades provides emotional and spiritual support for Authoring Action teens and their families. An artist in her own right, Rhoades’ love of performance art and passion for the health and well-being of young people joins her commitment to social justice as a leader of this organization.

About Nathan Ross Freeman

Co-founder and Artistic Director of Author Action. Freeman provides program development, oversight, and artistic direction for all Authoring Action programs. As innovator of Authoring Action’s signature writing process, his passion for work with young people merges with his love for creative writing, filmmaking and impact communication.

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Event date: 
Tuesday, August 9, 2022 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
634 W. Fourth St.
Winston Salem, NC 27101
And the Category Is…: Inside New York’s Vogue, House, and Ballroom Community By Ricky Tucker Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807003480
Availability: Available to order; typically arrives at Bookmarks in 5-10 days
Published: Beacon Press - January 25th, 2022

A 2023 Lambda Literary Award Finalist in Nonfiction

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