This past weekend has been full of ups and downs.
The downs, of course, is the massacre of LBGTQ people (many of them POC) in Orlando. I feel helpless and hopeless and enraged. As long as hate and bigotry are profitable (both moneywise and politically), I fear that events like these will continue. Hence, visibility and telling our stories is important. I hope that people can find some comfort in my work during these dark times.
The ups include the reading I participated in with Carmen Maria Machado and Tom Cardamone this past Friday at Giovanni’s Room in Philadelphia. It was a full and engaged audience. Thanks to Giovanni’s Room for hosting us.
Another up: Poet and Editor Rose Lemberg has curated a list of Queer POC writers and artists in Speculative Fiction. She writes:
To celebrate Pride Month, I am highlighting ten LGBTQIA creators of color in the field of SFF. I ask those of you who would like to participate, to highlight your favorite LGBTQIA creators using the hashtag #pridecreators
You can check it here.
Come out to hear Carmen Maria Machado, Tom Cardamone and myself read at the oldest GLBTQ bookstore in the country.
I plan to read from the queerest section of my illustrated chapbook THE NECTAR OF NIGHTMARES. And I will have a few copies of ltd. edition (now SOLD OUT) on hand.
The Giovanni’s Room reading on April 6th was wonderful. In addition to reading, I met the Tiny Satchel Press crew–Editor-In-Chief Victoria A. Brownworth, art director Maddy Gold, managing editor Judith Redding and cover designer Christopher Bauer. I read with Lisa R. Nelson, whose book Drifting also out with TSP. Here is a picture of me with Nelson and Bauer.
Gil Roth of the Virtual Memories podcast interviewed me about Bereft, YA fiction, and other things. The podcast also features Ed Hermance, the owner of Giovanni’s Room, the bookstore where I will be reading next Saturday! Thanks to Gil for inviting to appear on the show!
Podcast: The Importance of Being Out.
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