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Atlanta Queer Literary Fest livestreaming keynote speakers tonight via web

Ana Božičević and Cary Alan Johnson headline this year’s Atlanta Queer Literary Festival

If you can’t make it to tonight’s keynote speakers as part of the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival, watch and listen to them online as AQLF will broadcast them live via ustream.tv.

Tonight’s lineup includes readings and talks with poet Ana Božičević and Cary Alan Johnson, executive director of the International Gay & Lesbian, Human Rights Commission.

The webcast will also include a reading of the “Jubilate,” the winning poem by Ed Madden as part of the annual broadside contest.

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Literary showcase adds diversity to Pride stage

The Pride Literary Showcase takes place from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Piedmont Park Pavilion (the Bud Light Stage). Now in its eighth year, the annual literary showcase spotlights the works of local writers and poets, who will also be available to sign books during the event.

“Doing the Literary Showcase gives us the opportunity to do something different, not just music,” says JP Sheffield, Pride’s executive director.

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Queer Literary Fest writers think globally, act locally

Ana Božičević and Cary Alan Johnson headline this year’s Atlanta Queer Literary Festival

Queer writing has come a long way since the scholarly secrets of Shakespeare’s sonnets, Walt Whitman’s naked bathers, and the scandalous behavior of bad girls like H.D. and Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Post-Stonewall, post-AIDS, and post-big-box bookstores, the changing landscape of queer lit offers perhaps the greatest diversity of writers, audiences, and venues ever.

It is in this context that this year’s Atlanta Queer Literary Festival shows signs of real growth.

Like New Orleans’ Saints & Sinners litfest in May, Atlanta’s AQLF in October has offered both local and national queer literary audiences a strong forum in the Southeast — something that had been missing until less than a decade ago.