Atlanta Queer Literary Festival celebrates LGBT writers The GA Voice Editors June 10, 2011 Features “We’re having a smaller fest this year because of energy and money and plans to diversify in the years to come,” Abbott says. “The main thing we are trying to do is be more community focused.” Recognizing and honoring queer literature is crucial to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience, Abbott says. “I think we have a window on the world that is unique to our experience. Part of what’s unique is we are as different as any minority and we come from families from all different backgrounds,” he says. “I also think that most of society takes binary gender rules for granted and we call them into question. Male and female is artificial,” he says. “The tension in queer writing is not pledging allegiance to a binary gender code.” Atlanta Queer Literary Festival June 23-25 atlqueerlitfest.blogspot.com Thursday, June 23Opening Night Reading7:30 p.m. at Charis Books & More1189 Euclid Ave. NEAtlanta, GA 30307www.chariscircle.orgFeatures host Lisa Allender and readers Don Perryman, Sharon J. Sanders, Alice Teeter, Mose Hardin, Reginald Jackson, David Matthew Barnes, Iyana, Bailey White, Dustin Brookshire and Jef Blocker. Friday, June 24Keynote Address7:30 p.m. at Decatur Public Library215 Sycamore St.Decatur, GA 30030Features host Franklin Abbott, keynotes Bryan Borland and Theresa Davis, and Broadside Contest winner announcement and reading Saturday, June 25Readings, Panels & Workshops11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Decatur Public Library11 a.m. to noon – Brunch in the lobby11 a.m. Social Media Panel: Collin Kelley, Karen Head, Stan Fong12 p.m. Publishing Panel: Bryan Borland, Craig Gidney, Philip Rafshoon1 p.m. Film Panel: Andy Ditzler, Alex Arias, Taryn Crenshaw, Jim Farmer2 p.m. Fiction Panel: Daniel Allex Cox, Craig Gidney, Collin Kelley2 p.m. Poetry Reading: Akinfe Fatou, Bryan Borland3 p.m. Diversity in Literature: Kerrie Cotton Williams, Akinfe Fatou, Bucky Motter, Charone Padgett, Craig Gidney4 p.m. Poetry Workshop: Akinfe Fatou4 p.m. Fiction Reading: Daniel Allen Cox, Megan Volpert, Daniel Black AQLF Slam7 p.m. at Java Monkey Coffee House425 Church St.Decatur, GA 30030Features host Karen G and poets Gabe Moses, Erin Northern, Fran Varian and Chris August Top photo: This year’s keynote speakers at the Atlanta Queer Lit Fest are Women of the World poetry slam champion Theresa Davis and Bryan Borland, owner of Sibling Rivalry Press. (Courtesy photos) SHARE ON Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website 2 + six = Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.