On Saturday night, we had our first Poets Dinner at the fabulous southern comfort restaurant, The Colonnade. In attendance were (back row, l-r) Rupert Fike, Chelsea Rathburn, Dustin Brookshire, Cleo Creech, (front row, l-r) me, Karen Head, Christine Swint and Julie Blomeke. We were also celebrating the publication of the second issue of Ouroboros Review, which Christine co-edits. We had a blast and are already planning a second dinner in April
On Sunday, we had a big Atlanta Queer Literary Festival meeting and I can now reveal our keynote speakers: poet Staceyann Chin and novelist Manil Suri. You can read more about the festival at www.atlqueerlitfest.com.
I'm also excited to announce that I have been officially asked by the Decatur Book Festival to be a featured author this year in conjunction with the publication of Conquering Venus. More than 70,000 people attended last year, so this is a big to-do. The event is Labor Day weekend, and I'll have more details soon.
Videographer/editor extraordinaire Tim O'Donnell whipped together a rough cut of the new book trailer for Conquering Venus last night and it's GORGEOUS! It looks like a trailer for a moody foreign film. Lots of black and white images of Paris, solitary figures walking along the Seine, cars rushing past the Arc de Triomphe.
American Idol recap coming later tonight.