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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 22:27

From sex work to manifestos, L.A.'s LGBTQ literary festival represents

Written by  Lambda Literary

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Lambda LitFest puts queer literary L.A. front and center with a full week of events September 29 to October 6, 2018.

Now in its second year, Lambda LitFest is L.A.'s only LGBTQ literary festival. Readings, workshops, performances, and panels are taking place across the city from the Hollywood Heritage Museum to 826LA to the Virgil.

The week kicks off Saturday, September 29 with a full day of exciting panels, workshops, book sales, and exhibitors hosted at the Japanese American Cultural Community Center (JACCC) in Downtown L.A. Events include: "A Big Queer Reading / Writing Round Robin" featuring Rocío Carlos, Yazmin Monet Watkins, Terry Wolverton, and traci kato-kiriyama; "Everything You Wanted to Know About Being a Queer TV Writer But Were Afraid to Ask" with Charles Jensen, Zac Hug, Danny Tolli, Greta Heinemann, and Moisés Zamora (sponsored by the UCLA Writers' Extension Program); "Queer/Sex/Work" with Natalie West, Vanessa Carlisle, Chingy (aka Lani Ching), Antonia Crane, Softcore Mija and Christopher Zeischegg (aka Danny Wylde); and more.

From Sunday, September 30 to Friday, October 5, Lambda LitFest brings Los Angeles to life with events like "QUEER JOY SPOKEN: Queer Poets of Color Revel" at Avenue 50 Studio; "What's Done Must Come" featuring gay men of color at the Los Angeles LGBT Center: The Village at Ed Gould Plaza; "Acclaimed Bi Writers Read from Their Work" at Stories Books and Cafe; "The Ovary Office" readings by black female poets at The World Stage; "Drunken Masters: Lambda LitFest" readings with on the spot feedback from established writers at Civic Center Studios (co-sponsored by PEN America); "Trans Latinas Filling the Literary Void" at the Trans Wellness Center; a "Queer Youth Voices" workshop at 826LA Echo Park; and more.

The week closes on Saturday, October 6 with "Lambda LitFest LA Presents Live with Patrisse Cullors" at Fiesta Hall in Plummer Park, West Hollywood. Patrisse Cullors, cofounder of Black Lives Matter, joins Eric Newman from the LARB Radio Hour for a live podcast taping. Topics covered will include Patrisse's memoir, LGBT issues, and Black Lives Matter. The conversation will last approximately 35 minutes to be followed by an audience Q&A. This program will be presented with the support of the City of West Hollywood's Arts Division.

Browse the full event schedule here. Most Lambda LitFest Los Angeles events are free. Workshops on September 29 are $15, and tickets may be purchased in advance through the site.

Based in Los Angeles, Lambda Literary is a national nonprofit organization that nurtures and advocates for LGBTQ writers, elevating the impact of their words to create community, preserve our legacies, and affirm the value of our stories and our lives.

Sponsors of Lambda LitFest Los Angeles include: California Arts Council, City of LA Department of Cultural Affairs, City of West Hollywood's WeHo Arts Program, UCLA Extension Writers' Program, and Blade Los Angeles.


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