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. 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 in Lambda LitFest’s program:
Australia’s LGBTQIA+ Writers in Conversation Streamed Online
Fri March 10, 2017, 6-7pm (Pacific Standard Time)/Sat March 11, 1-2pm Australian East Standard Time)
Online streaming at Muse Winebar & Bookstore [East Hotel, 69 Canberra Ave (cnr Giles St), Kingston, ACT]
With Yen Erikson (moderator), Ellen Van Neerven, Julie Kalceff, Lucy Watson, Tom Cho
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. Join us online in partnership with Noted Festival, or live in Canberra at LGBTIQ Business of the Year, Muse.
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!