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Atlanta Queer Literary Festival celebrates LGBT writers

Atlanta Queer Literary Festival

While the word “literary” may bring up bad memories of memorizing Chaucer in high school English class, Franklin Abbott, co-founder of the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival, promises that his event is nothing like that.

“Not that we aren’t literary,” Abbott says. “But many people think it is somehow or other like graduate school, high brow, and doesn’t resonate with them personally … like the dreaded English class you had to take in college. I can promise there is useful stuff and it is entertaining and engaging. We don’t put on boring events.”

This year marks the fifth anniversary of the grassroots festival. Keynote speakers for 2011 are Atlanta’s own Theresa Davis, the reigning champion of the Women of the World poetry slam, and Bryan Borland of Little Rock, Ark., a Pushcart-nominated poet and owner of Sibling Rivalry Press.

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‘Big Sex, Little Death’ captures life of feminist sexpert Susie Bright

Author Susie Bright

Susie Bright is grateful President Barack Obama is not in Atlanta today. He's been making the same stops as her book tour for her memoir "Big Sex, Little Death" and wreaking all kinds of havoc.

"He's been stalking my tour. Holding up my plane, gridlock on the roads. It's been a mess," she says with a sigh.

Bright, famously known as "Susie Sexpert" from her days as editor of "On Our Backs," the feminist lesbian porn magazine, stops in at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse today to read from her new memoir. This memoir differs from other autobiographical books Bright has written because it casts a long glance back over her life instead of writing about the here and now.

In fact, while writing "Big Sex, Little Death" over the past few years, Bright said she relived moments even more clearly than when they occurred.