WordsOut - LGBTQ Literary Fair for Readers, Writers & Librarians
On Sunday, June 29, The DC Public Library is hosting a new premier annual literary event called WordsOut.
WordsOut is a scholarly component to the Library's participation in the Annual Pride parade and the Pride Festival on Pennsylvania Avenue, and was the name of a prominent gay men's writing group of the MLK Library in the 1980s and 1990s.
For 2014 WordsOut will be held at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, Sunday, June 29, from 1 to 5 p.m.
The keynote speaker for WordsOut 2014 will be esteemed mathematics professor and fiction author Manil Suri.
An introduction to the Day's event will be given by the DC Council's Education Chairman David Catania.
Participation in WordsOut is free, but seats are limited.
Participants must register via this link to EventBrite website to secure their participation.
Keynote Speaker Manil Suri is the author of The Death of Vishnu, The Age of Shiva and The City of Devi. His fiction has won several awards and been translated into twenty-seven languages. He was raised in Mumbai and currently resides with his partner in Silver Spring, MD. He is professor of mathematics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The City of Devi has been listed as #12 in Flavorwire's list of 50 essential works of LGBT fiction. It is a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award (General Gay Fiction) and the Bisexual Fiction Award. To see more on the work of Manil Suri, go to http://manilsuri.com/
View the DC Public Library's holdings of Manil Suri's work
Daisy Hernández is the author of A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir coming out this fall from Beacon Press. The coeditor of Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism (Seal Press). Hernandez is the former editor of ColorLines magazine and regularly lectures about feminism, race, and media representations. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, NPR's All Things Considered, Ms. magazine, CultureStrike, In These Times, Fourth Genre, Bellingham Review and Hunger Mountain. She’s the Kenan Visiting Writer at UNC-Chapel Hill for 2014-2015. To see more on the work of Daisy Hernández, go to www.daisyhernandez.com.
Lyle Blake Smythers is an actor, writer, and librarian who lives in Alexandria, VA. In 2012 his first heroic fantasy novel Feasting With Panthers, was published by Pink Narcissus Press. He has written fiction, poetry, satire, and book reviews for Manscape, FirstHand, Playguy, The William and Mary Review, Insights, School Library Journal, Children's Literature Review, and the original anthology Queer Fish. His second novel, the urban fantasy Death by Sin, is forthcoming in 2015 from Bold Strokes Books.
Philip Clark is the co-editor of Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS (2010) and A Kind of Endlessness: The Selected Poems of Donald Britton(forthcoming). Locally, he serves on the board of the Rainbow History Project. At present, he is at work researching a mid-century gay social history told through the story of H. Lynn Womack and Washington DC's Guild Press. Excerpts from this research were recently published in the essay anthology 1960s Gay Pulp Fiction: The Misplaced Heritage (2013).
Dane Figueroa Edidi is a Nigerian, Cuban, Native American Trans Performance Artist, activist, and consultant from Baltimore MD. Speaking out against oppression and the state of marginalized people since she was a child, she appeared on the Mary Carter Smith show at the age of 11 performing poetry. Blending the power of words and performance, she has produced her own cabarets since the age of 17. On the 2013 publishing of her groundbreaking novel Yemaya’s Daughters, she became the first DC Trans woman of color Dc to publish a novel. To see more on the work of Dane Figueroa Edidi, go to http://www.ladydanefe.com/
Jonathan Harper graduated with his MFA in Creative Writing in May 2010 and has stories featured in Chelsea Station, Defenestration Magazine, Velvet Mafia and in the anthologies A Touch of the Sea (ed. Steve Berman, Lethe Press 2012, Wilde Stories 2008 (ed. Steve Berman, Lethe Press 2008) and Homewrecker (ed. Daphne Gottlieb, Soft Skull Press 2005). His essay on the author, Richard Hall, appeared in the anthology The Lost Library: Gay Fiction Rediscovered (ed. Tom Cardamone, Haiduk Press 2010).
Dan Vera is the author of Speaking Wiri Wiri, (Red Hen Press, 2013)and The Space Between Our Danger and Delight, (Beothuk Books, 2009). His manuscript The Guide to Imaginary Monuments was selected by Orlando Ricardo Menes, for the 2012 Letras Latinas/Red Hen Poetry Prize. To see more on the work of Dan Vera, go to www.danvera.com
Craig Laurance Gidney writes contemporary, young adult and genre fiction. Gidney’s first collection, Sea, Swallow Me and Other Stories was a finalist for the 2009 Lambda Literary Award in the Science Fiction/Fantasy and Horror category. Bereft (Tiny Satchel Press),a YA novel, appeared in 2013. Skin Deep Magic, (Rebel Satori Press) is his third book. Gidney lives and writes in his native Washington, DC. To see more on the work of Graig Laurence Gidney, go to www.craiglaurancegidney.com
View the DC Public Library's holdings of Craig Lawrence Gidney's work
David Mariner is the Executive Director of the DC Center, the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community center of Washington DC. He is also a consultant, advocate, and activist who works to provide people with the tools, the training, and the support they need in order to make meaningfull changes in their communities. Mr Mariner's work centers around three core areas: HIV/AIDS Advocacy, LGBTI Equality, and Progressive Politics. His professional specialties are advocacy, fundraising, grant writing, program management, website design, blogging, grassroots organizing, and writing. To learn more about the work of The DC Center, visit http://www.thedccenter.org/
Library staff presentations for 2014 will include information about library resources for readers and writers, including information about self publishing tools by Michael Price of the DC Public Library Digital Commons, Information about the DC Public Library Community Archives, by Derek Gray of the Washingtoniana Division, and information about library databases by Rob Schneider of the Watha T Daniel - Shaw Library.
Each June, the DC Public Library will invite LGBTQ writers, poets, publishers, and librarians to gather and learn about local & national trends in writing, publishing and other literary pursuits. The Library is pleased to offer so much to this community and the wider community of readers and learners in Washington, DC.
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES INCLUDE Keynotes, Readings, Lectures, Workshops, Success stories, Roundtables, Industry presentations, Poetry forums, Networking, LGBT Advocacy at area libraries, Getting started, Getting published, Genre discussions, Library resources & services, Getting local authors into public library collections
WordsOut is co-hosted by: DC Public Library Staff: Robert Schneider & Edgardo Guerrero, and Author-Promoter, and DC LGBT Writing Advocate: Craig Lawrence Gidney