Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The First Annual Lambda LitFest Los Angeles - A Queer Festival of Writing And Reading!

Where are you going to be Saturday March 11, 2017? If it's Los Angeles, or even the Lambda Literary Facebook page for the live video feed, count yourself fortunate.

LitFest Saturday is a full day of discussions, readings, entertainment, and community. The day features four powerful panels:

The Morning Plenary on barriers, opportunities, and being a queer writer in the 21st century with panelists Luis Alfaro, Zachary Drucker, Sarah Schulman, Justin Torres and Rebecca Walker, moderated by Cheryl Klein.

Quintessentially Queer LA, with panelists Ryka Aoki, Bernard Cooper, D’Lo, Wendy C. Ortiz, Claudia Rodríguez and Terry Wolverton, moderated by Alex Espinoza.

Queer Characters in Novels, Screenplays & Everything in Between with panelists Lucy Bledsoe, MariNaomi, Michael Nava, Our Lady J and Peter Paige, moderated by Noel Alumit.

Queer Truth: Nonfiction & Journalism in a Post-Truth World with panelists Tre’vell Anderson, Diane Anderson-Minshall, Melissa Chadburn, Alberto B. Mendoza and Robin Podolsky, moderated by Susie Bright.

That evening there's Lambda LitFest presents UnCabaret, hosted by Beth Lapides and featuring Julie Goldman, Marga Gomez, Ian Harvie, Alec Mapa and Justin Sayre. (Sorry, this one won't be live-streamed - you have to be there in person!)

But, as the infomercials used to say, That's not all!

Lambda LitFest is actually a full week (March 6-12, 2017) of programs and readings, with more than 24 community-curated events all across the city. From Giving Tongue: A Celebration of Lesbian/Queer Poets to Celebrating our Heroes: Betty Berzon, Jeanne Córdova, Paul Monette, Mark Thompson there's so much to enrich and inspire!

There's even a Lambda LitFest Closing Party -- with dancing and crafts!

It's going to be so much fun.

Check out the schedule of events (LitFest Saturday and the whole week's worth of readings, workshops, discussions, and entertainment), speaker bios, and all the rest here.

I'm honored to be part of the #LambdaLitFest steering committee, and I hope you'll mark your calendars, check it out, and be part of the first annual Lambda LitFest Los Angeles!


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