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Lola von Miramar & LaWhore Vagistan
Join Lola von Miramar, a Puerto Rican drag queen who loves cooking, and LaWhore Vagistan, everyone’s favorite South Asian drag aunty, as they discuss the radical and fascinating works of Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes (Translocas: The Politics of Puerto Rican Drag and Trans Performance, University of Michigan Press, 2021) and Kareem Khubchandani (Decolonize Drag, OR Books, 2023). Together, they will glamorously dive deep into the pages that uncover complexities of the art of drag performance that you will not learn about on RuPaul’s Drag Race. Be sure to stay until the end; you just might be treated to a performance!

Refreshments from Pilars Tamales will be provided. The first 40 attendees to arrive will receive a complimentary copy of both books!
A signing and meet-and-greet with Lola and LaWhore will take place after the discussion.



This program is presented by the University of Michigan Arts Initiative in partnership with the U-M Library.

About the speakers:

Lola von Miramar burst onto the Internet scene in 2010 with her memorable Cooking with Drag Queens: How to Make Tostones YouTube video recorded with Fausto Fernós and Marc Felion of the Feast of Fun podcast. She has been entertaining audiences across the Americas and elsewhere ever since, with live presentations in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Chicago, New York City, San Juan, Buenos Aires, and Montreal. Follow her on Facebook, X, and Instagram at @lolavonmiramar.

LaWhore Vagistan is everyone's favorite overdressed, overeducated, overopinionated South Asian drag aunty. Her music videos have screened at the Mississauga South Asian Film Festival, Austin OUTsider multi-arts festival, Hyderabad Queer Film Festival, and San Francisco 3rd i film festival. She has performed at the Wilbur Theatre and La Mama with Sasha Velour, as well as at the Austin International Drag Festival, Asia Society, AS220, Queens Museum, Jack Theater, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Not Festival, Links Hall, and A.R.T. Oberon. You can find her on YouTube delivering a TEDx Talk titled "How to be an Aunty" and on Instagram at @lawhorevagistan.
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