Atlanta Queer Literary Festival celebrates LGBT writers

“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

Thursday, June 23
Opening Night Reading
7:30 p.m. at Charis Books & More
1189 Euclid Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
Features 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 24
Keynote Address
7:30 p.m. at Decatur Public Library
215 Sycamore St.
Decatur, GA  30030
Features host Franklin Abbott, keynotes Bryan Borland and Theresa Davis, and Broadside Contest winner announcement and reading

Saturday, June 25
Readings, Panels & Workshops
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Decatur Public Library
11 a.m. to noon – Brunch in the lobby
11 a.m. Social Media Panel: Collin Kelley, Karen Head, Stan Fong
12 p.m. Publishing Panel: Bryan Borland, Craig Gidney, Philip Rafshoon
1 p.m. Film Panel: Andy Ditzler, Alex Arias, Taryn Crenshaw, Jim Farmer
2 p.m. Fiction Panel: Daniel Allex Cox, Craig Gidney, Collin Kelley
2 p.m. Poetry Reading: Akinfe Fatou, Bryan Borland
3 p.m. Diversity in Literature: Kerrie Cotton Williams, Akinfe Fatou, Bucky Motter, Charone Padgett, Craig Gidney
4 p.m. Poetry Workshop: Akinfe Fatou
4 p.m. Fiction Reading: Daniel Allen Cox, Megan Volpert, Daniel Black

7 p.m. at Java Monkey Coffee House
425 Church St.
Decatur, GA 30030
Features 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)