The LitFest culminates in a full weekend of literary happenings. Saturday, March 11 features a day of thought provoking panel discussions covering issues critical to LGBTQ readers and writers at Barnsdall Gallery Theater in Hollywood, concluding with UnCabaret, an evening of queer comedy. Sunday, March 12 is a day of pop-up events across Los Angeles followed by the LitFest closing party hosted at Akbar in Silver Lake.
LitFest goers will experience a stellar week of LGBTQ community curated literary programming including workshops, conversations, pop-up readings, panel discussions, performance, and parties celebrating the breadth and diversity of queer literary LA in over a dozen venues in nearly every corner of Los Angeles County.
"Lambda LitFest not only showcases the incredible literary talent of queer LA and California," said Tony Valenzuela, Executive Director. "It does so at a time when it's critically important for LGBTQ readers and writers to come together to build stronger literary and publishing communities to face the uncertainty that lies ahead. Freedom of expression, queer rights and social justice persevere when we create spaces for the free flow of ideas and then organize to demand the change we need."
A Week of Lambda LitFest Across Los Angeles
Confirmed calendar of events include:
Monday, March 6
6:00 pm Romantic Comedy
Wednesday, March 8
7:00 pm Professors in the Pub
7:30 pm Giving Tongue: A Celebration of Lesbian/Queer Poets
Queer Bird Lit: Continuing Los Angeles' Legacy of Queer Literature
Otis College Graduate Writing Visiting Writers Series presents Paul Lisicky
Thursday, March 9
7:00 pm Stories of Modern Queer Parenthood from MUTHA Magazine
Gay Theater: Its History and Its Future
7:30 pm We Are Chicanx: A Brown-Queer Revolution
Friday, March 10
6:00 pm Sister Spit: The Next Generation
House of Godzilla, Rare Birds & Further Possibilities
Mysteries with a Mission: Queer Platica with Michael Nava
8:00 pm Inside the Writer's Studio
Saturday, March 11
Lambda LitFest Los Angeles' biggest event is a full day and evening of discussions, readings, entertainment and mingling held at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre.
11 am-12:15 pm The LitFest Morning Plenary asks: What is the measure of LGBTQ progress? Reflecting the new political reality of an administration already threatening to defund the National Endowment for the Arts and hostile to the diverse communities that make up LGBTQ people, the LitFest Morning Plenary brings together esteemed members of the LGBTQ arts community to help us frame the challenges of our time, including inclusivity for LGBTQ writers and readers, how intersectional identities inform their writing, institutional barriers and new opportunities in publishing, and a discussion of how each panelist addresses artistic practice and the practical matters of being a queer writer in our brave new world.
The afternoon features three discussions:
1:30 pm-2:45 pm Quintessentially Queer LA brings together luminary L.A.-based writers to express their definition of the queer literary landscape of Los Angeles.
3:00 pm-4:15 pm Queer Characters in Novels, Screenplays & Everything in Between: a cross-genre discussion between writers of fiction, young adult fiction, graphic novels, mystery and TV writing to discuss how their approach to crafting queer characters has changed and morphed as LGBTQ rights and visibility have expanded.
4:30 pm-5:45 pm The final discussion of the day is Queer Truth: Nonfiction & Journalism in a Post-Truth World featuring LGBTQ journalists who engage in the contemporary cultural and political issues that affect our day to day lives.
8:00 pm Lambda LitFest and Beth Lapides Present UnCabaret!
Sixes & Sevens: A Queer LA Childhood (radio broadcast)
Sunday, March 12
10:30 am The Catchment
11:00 am GuerillaReads Lambda LitFest Video Walk
12:00 pm Literary Drag Race: All Stars Pop Up
Femmes on Literary Art Activism
2:00 pm Celebrating our Heroes: Betty Berzon, Jeanne Cordova, Paul Monette, Mark Thompson
Poetics of Self [Re/De] Construction: Litanies to My Brown Heavenly Body
4:00 pm No Cure for Madness: Queer Male Poets on Death, God and Desire
5:00 pm Indie Voices from Indie Presses
Tertulia Literary Salon
7:00 pm Lambda LitFest Los Angeles Closing Party: cocktails, crafts hosted by CraftNight and dancing at Akbar in Silver Lake.
Click here for the full schedule and more information about the March 6-12 events: http://lambdalitfest.org/events/