Spent a good portion of the weekend working on finalizing events for Poetry Atlanta and the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival, which is just around the corner.
If you visit the AQLF website, you can see the schedule and list of participants, which include keynotes Staceyann Chin and Manil Suri, along with fabbity folks like Michael Montlack (poet and editor of the My Diva anthology), Regie Cabico, Terry Galloway, Jameson Currier, Charlie Jensen and many, many more. The festival begins a month from today on Nov. 4.
In the run-up to AQLF, we're holding a fun fundraiser called I See Straight People at the Horizon School auditorium on Saturday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. This event will feature some of our straight but not narrow poet friends reading their work. Cecilia Woloch, Laurel Snyder, Chelsea Rathburn, Bruce Covey, Jon Goode, Alice Lovelace and host Rupert Fike are sure to delight.
It's also time for the sixth annual Voices Carry reading, which Cecilia and I created at the suggestion of our late friend, Chante Whitley-Head. Now sponsored by Poetry Atlanta, this year's event is Friday, Oct. 23, at 8 p.m. at Sycamore Place Gallery in Decatur. Cecilia Woloch, Tania Rochelle, Karen Head and Theresa Davis will feature, while Kodac Harrison will close with some music and I'll be hosting. Visit www.poetryatlanta.com for details.
I'll have details on some new readings for Conquering Venus soon, including one in Nashville in December. I'm also going to be reading at Atlanta Pride in Piedmont Park on Halloween. I'll post details as soon as I have them. Also in the works: California, Austin and two weeks in the UK and Paris next summer. Hooray!