I consider LGBTQ folks to be among my core readers, so I really appreciate opportunities to participate in LGBTQ literary events. Because I’m in Toronto these days, it was too expensive for me to attend the inaugural Lambda LitFest (which is in LA) in person, but fortunately I’ll be appearing on an online panel as part of the festival’s program… and better still, this panel is a co-production with the Canberra-based Noted writers festival and it will be screened to a live audience in Canberra. Here’s the details, as they appear on Noted’s website:
Room to Move: Renovating A Nation’s Stories
With Yen Erikson (moderator), Ellen Van Neerven, Julie Kalceff, Lucy Watson, Tom Cho (view bios of participants)
Are there limitations to writing ourselves into pre-existing media forms? Some of Australia’s foremost LGBTQIA+ writing talent from television, magazine, and literature industries discuss the ways we make and hold wriggle room for queer* stories in largely straight, cisgender, white creative fields and frameworks.
WHERE Muse Winebar and Bookstore, Cnr Canberra Ave and Giles St, Kingston, ACT and at http://lambdalitfest.org/events/australian-panel-streamed-online-lambda-litfest-audience/
WHEN Saturday 11 March 1pm [Note: In LA, this is Friday March 10, 2017, 6-7pm (Pacific Standard Time)]
TICKETS $15 (this includes a glass of Canberra-region wine or soft drink on arrival) (book tickets)
The fact that I’ll be appearing in an event that’s a co-production between a US and Australian festival sounds right up my alley. At the very least, it speaks to the more diffuse ways in which I’ve been hoping to have my words disseminated. It’s also been a long time since I’ve engaged with a Canberra audience (my first and only time was back in 2004, when I was incorporating karaoke into my arts projects), so I’m looking forward to this too!