OutWrite DC LGBTQ Literary Festival

OutWrite DC LGBTQ Literary Festival Washington, D.C.’s annual, free LGBTQ literary festival. #OutWrite2022 is 8/5-8/7, 2022 http://thedccenter.org/outwrite/ 🏳️‍🌈📚📝 http://www.outwritedc.org/
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What's the best gift? Books! And no, we're not biased at all. Our three winning #OutWrite2021 Chapbook Competition #chap...
12/13/2021

What's the best gift? Books! And no, we're not biased at all. Our three winning #OutWrite2021 Chapbook Competition #chapbooks will be shipping out this month!

✨ Dancing in Silver Lands by Mari Ness
✨ For When the Shapes Keep Changing by Hannah Soyer
✨ Good Boi by Jason B. Crawford

Pre-order them here: https://www.neonhemlock.com/books/outwrite-2021-chapbook-competition-bundle

What's the best gift? Books! And no, we're not biased at all. Our three winning #OutWrite2021 Chapbook Competition #chapbooks will be shipping out this month!

✨ Dancing in Silver Lands by Mari Ness
✨ For When the Shapes Keep Changing by Hannah Soyer
✨ Good Boi by Jason B. Crawford

Pre-order them here: https://www.neonhemlock.com/books/outwrite-2021-chapbook-competition-bundle

Our 3 #OutWrite2021 Chapbook Competition books, published by Neon Hemlock Press, will be shipping out this month!✨ Good ...
12/07/2021

Our 3 #OutWrite2021 Chapbook Competition books, published by Neon Hemlock Press, will be shipping out this month!

✨ Good Boi by Jason B. Crawford

✨ For When the Shapes Keep Changing by Hannah Soyer

✨ Dancing in Silver Lands by Mari Ness

Pre-order them here: https://neonhemlock.com/books/outwrite-2021-chapbook-competition-bundle

Our 3 #OutWrite2021 Chapbook Competition books, published by Neon Hemlock Press, will be shipping out this month!

✨ Good Boi by Jason B. Crawford

✨ For When the Shapes Keep Changing by Hannah Soyer

✨ Dancing in Silver Lands by Mari Ness

Pre-order them here: https://neonhemlock.com/books/outwrite-2021-chapbook-competition-bundle

Our call for events for #OutWrite2022 is out! We're seeking readings, panels, and workshops that explore and celebrate a...
12/01/2021

Our call for events for #OutWrite2022 is out! We're seeking readings, panels, and workshops that explore and celebrate all aspects of LGBTQ+ identity and literary space! Deadline to submit is March 15, 2022.

Submit your event here: https://bit.ly/Call4OutWrite2022

Our call for events for #OutWrite2022 is out! We're seeking readings, panels, and workshops that explore and celebrate all aspects of LGBTQ+ identity and literary space! Deadline to submit is March 15, 2022.

Submit your event here: https://bit.ly/Call4OutWrite2022

It's #GivingTuesday! If you want to support LGBTQ+ writers and readers, have participated in #OutWrite festivals in the ...
11/30/2021

It's #GivingTuesday! If you want to support LGBTQ+ writers and readers, have participated in #OutWrite festivals in the past, been published in or enjoyed reading our journals, had an OutWrite contest chapbook published by Neon Hemlock Press, or are looking forward to #OutWrite2022, then consider donating today! Thank you for your support! https://thedccenter.org/donate/

It's #GivingTuesday! If you want to support LGBTQ+ writers and readers, have participated in #OutWrite festivals in the past, been published in or enjoyed reading our journals, had an OutWrite contest chapbook published by Neon Hemlock Press, or are looking forward to #OutWrite2022, then consider donating today! Thank you for your support! https://thedccenter.org/donate/

11/14/2021

beestung seeks work for an upcoming all-fiction issue by writers under the two-spirit and non-binary umbrellas.

Historically marginalized writers are particularly encouraged to send work. Translations are welcome.

Deadline: 3/1

Details: https://beestungmag.com/special-calls-for-work/

The Washington City Paper declared OutWrite the Best Place to Connect With Q***r Writers! Thank you for this incredible ...
10/22/2021

The Washington City Paper declared OutWrite the Best Place to Connect With Q***r Writers! Thank you for this incredible recognition, it's an honor to create and build a space for LGBTQ+ writers and readers in the DC area and beyond! 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧🌈

https://washingtoncitypaper.com/best-of-dc-2021/#/gallery/306796420/?group=400855

The Washington City Paper declared OutWrite the Best Place to Connect With Q***r Writers! Thank you for this incredible recognition, it's an honor to create and build a space for LGBTQ+ writers and readers in the DC area and beyond! 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧🌈

https://washingtoncitypaper.com/best-of-dc-2021/#/gallery/306796420/?group=400855

October is #LGBTQHistoryMonth! Here's some #q***rhistory for you nerds — this month was created in 1994 by Missouri high...
10/04/2021
U.S. Latinx Voices in Poetry | Poetry Foundation

October is #LGBTQHistoryMonth! Here's some #q***rhistory for you nerds — this month was created in 1994 by Missouri high school history teacher Rodney Wilson. It coincides with #NationalComingOutDay on October 11 and the anniversary of the first March on Washington for Gay and Le***an rights, October 14, 1979.

October is also #HispanicHeritageMonth #HispanicLatinxHeritageMonth! Celebrate by supporting q***r Latinx writers! Check out this collection of American Latinx Voices poetry from Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine: https://poetryfoundation.org/collections/144542/us-latinx-voices-in-poetry

Exploring Latino/a American poetry and culture.

In March 2022, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) is hosting Words on Fire: A Poetry and Performance Festiva...
09/27/2021

In March 2022, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) is hosting Words on Fire: A Poetry and Performance Festival with an Annual Poetry Out Loud competition, a poetry slam, and a written poetry contest.

CAH is looking for DMV teaching artists with backgrounds in #theater, #poetry, and related disciplines to conduct #workshops from November 2021-March 2022 for D.C. high school students and prepare them to perform at the Words on Fire festival. Find the application here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdfA-OHF_RA6PUp69GqkGT2F5qMZ0PyjFhlo_TNxlCkRf40wA/viewform

There's also an Interest Meeting on September 30 at 5 p.m. RSVP to learn more: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/words-on-fire-teaching-artist-interest-meeting-tickets-173558457017 National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine

In March 2022, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) is hosting Words on Fire: A Poetry and Performance Festival with an Annual Poetry Out Loud competition, a poetry slam, and a written poetry contest.

CAH is looking for DMV teaching artists with backgrounds in #theater, #poetry, and related disciplines to conduct #workshops from November 2021-March 2022 for D.C. high school students and prepare them to perform at the Words on Fire festival. Find the application here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdfA-OHF_RA6PUp69GqkGT2F5qMZ0PyjFhlo_TNxlCkRf40wA/viewform

There's also an Interest Meeting on September 30 at 5 p.m. RSVP to learn more: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/words-on-fire-teaching-artist-interest-meeting-tickets-173558457017 National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine

The winners of the 2021 OutWrite Chapbook Competition are now available to pre-order!✨Good Boi by Jason B Crawford ✨For ...
09/02/2021

The winners of the 2021 OutWrite Chapbook Competition are now available to pre-order!

✨Good Boi by Jason B Crawford
✨For When the Shapes Keep Changing by Hannah Soyer
✨Dancing in Silver Lands by Mari Ness

The three winning manuscripts will be coming out in November 2021 as 5"x5" chapbooks. More info: https://www.neonhemlock.com/news/presales-2021-outwrite-chapbook-competition-winners

The winners of the 2021 OutWrite Chapbook Competition are now available to pre-order!

✨Good Boi by Jason B Crawford
✨For When the Shapes Keep Changing by Hannah Soyer
✨Dancing in Silver Lands by Mari Ness

The three winning manuscripts will be coming out in November 2021 as 5"x5" chapbooks. More info: https://www.neonhemlock.com/news/presales-2021-outwrite-chapbook-competition-winners

#OutWrite2022 is scheduled for August 5-7, 2022! Get those ideas going for panels, readings, and workshops for next year...
08/31/2021

#OutWrite2022 is scheduled for August 5-7, 2022! Get those ideas going for panels, readings, and workshops for next year's festival and stay tuned for our call for submissions!

#OutWrite2022 is scheduled for August 5-7, 2022! Get those ideas going for panels, readings, and workshops for next year's festival and stay tuned for our call for submissions!

And that's a wrap on #OutWrite2021! THANK YOU for making this literary festival a true community, bringing your incredib...
08/08/2021

And that's a wrap on #OutWrite2021! THANK YOU for making this literary festival a true community, bringing your incredible ideas for panels, reading your badass work, sharing yourselves!

Missed events during the fest? You can watch recordings here: https://thedccenter.org/outwrite/outwrite-2021

And don't forget, you can buy books by #OutWrite2021 authors here: https://bookshop.org/lists/outwrite-2021

And that's a wrap on #OutWrite2021! THANK YOU for making this literary festival a true community, bringing your incredible ideas for panels, reading your badass work, sharing yourselves!

Missed events during the fest? You can watch recordings here: https://thedccenter.org/outwrite/outwrite-2021

And don't forget, you can buy books by #OutWrite2021 authors here: https://bookshop.org/lists/outwrite-2021

08/08/2021
LGBQT+ Writers Reading the Apocalyptic News

Six LGBQT+ writers respond to recent events, such as the pandemic, its relationship to the AIDS epidemic, anti-Asian bias and shootings, and the efforts to exclude trans youth from sports and access to healthcare. Featuring Rahne Alexander, Steve Bellin-Oka, Anna DeVaul, Courtney Harler, Pamela Sumners, John Whittier Treat.

08/08/2021
Writing The Aids Generation

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first reported cases of what would become known as HIV/AIDS. By 1995, one in nine gay men in the United States had been diagnosed with AIDS, and one in 15 had died, including writers and poets Reinaldo Arenas, Allen Barnett, Steven Corbin, Melvin Dixon, John Fox, Ess*x Hemphill, and Paul Monette. Join AIDS Generation writers Christopher Bram, Brian Malloy, and John Medeiros as they discuss the impact of AIDS on gay literature, and read from their own works about the AIDS Generation. ASL interpretation will be provided.

08/08/2021
Trans & Q***r Poets on Gender

This is a diverse panel of four poets with a lot to say about gender. It is a focused poetry reading and a conversation, featuring Ryka Aoki, KB, Merrill Cole, and Aurielle Marie.

08/08/2021
Inheriting Indelible Futures: Q***r/Trans Editing/Publishing of Color

Q***r/trans editors and publishers will discuss the production and maintenance of Indigenous, people of color, womanist, q***r/trans, and multicultural journals, solo/co-authored books, anthologies, and presses. Collaboratively producing diverse texts, panelists will discuss navigating economic, logistical, and institutional challenges, while centering issues of culture, politics, aesthetics, and diversity. Representing two decades of international editorial/publishing experience, the panelists are pivotal leaders in community development and have published hundreds of authors from around the world, featuring Amy M. Alvarez, Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán, Zeyn Joukhadar, Janet McAdams, and Leiana San Agustin Naholowa‘a.

08/08/2021
Our Voices in Verse: Q***r Youth Building the Future Through Poetry

Listen to a panel of LGBTQ+ youth poets read their original work and discuss their plans to shape the future with their words. This group of young poets from across the country include alumni of the Brave New Voices poetry slam festival and the DC Youth Slam Team, the 2019 Youth Poet Laureate of Baltimore, and will be moderated by Charlotte Maleski, the current Youth Poet Laureate of Arlington, VA.

08/08/2021
Introducing Amble Press

Small presses have always been the life-blood of LGBTQ literature. Amble Press is a new imprint of Bywater Books, the well-respected le***an press. Amble is committed to publishing writers across the q***r spectrum and is particularly interested in publishing q***r writers of color. Meet managing editor (and mystery writer) Michael Nava and three of Amble’s writers, Joe Okonkwo, Matthew Clark Davison, and Casey Hamilton, who will discuss their new books and what it’s like to be a q***r writer in today’s publishing and literary climate.

Check out Amble Press at: https://www.bywaterbooks.com/amble-press/

08/08/2021
Healing through Poetry

As Carrie Fisher said, “Take your broken heart, turn it into art.” Though not a replacement for professional therapy, poet and storyteller Anne Marie Wells designed this workshop for both poets and non-poets to use creative writing to process traumatic events and move the mind and spirit forward through the healing journey. No poetry writing experience necessary.

08/08/2021
Q***r Narratives in Tabletop Roleplaying Games

Q***r writers of tabletop game books will read their work and talk about their design philosophies. This diverse panel will discuss how games can be q***r and how they relate to literature, history, identity, representation, and the needs of q***r communities in and beyond games. Featuring Omari Akil, Sharang Biswas, Clio Yun-su Davis, Lucian Kahn, Jonaya Kemper, Catherine Ramen, and April Kit Walsh.

08/08/2021
Q***r Debut Authors

This panel of debut authors will discuss navigating publishing as a q***r author, experiences of q***rphobia in the publishing industry, how they overcame it, and introduce their brand-new q***r books. Featuring Michael Dumlao, the author of “The Wisdom of Guncles: Stories and Advise on Living Life from a Q***r Perspective”, Anya Leigh Josephs, author of “Queen of All”, Patrick Earl Ryan, author of “If We Were Electric: Stories”, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and Steven Salvatore, author of “Can’t Take That Away”.

08/08/2021
Resistance through Research: Re-Storying Genre Fiction by Q***ring Academia

This panel will explore how academic research in genre fiction can redefine — or re-story — constructed narratives that uphold mainstream understandings of young adult, fantasy, and science fiction. Panel members will discuss their resistances to institutional narratives of genre through the inclusion of q***r and indigenous theories, such as those of Dr. Grace E. Dillon and Leanne Betasamosoke Simpson. In this panel, we will explore the possibilities for confronting and undoing the trauma inflicted upon q***r BIPOC voices in genre fiction. Moderated by Taylor Lewis, featuring Alexander Casey, Paulina Harrison, and Kristina R. Togafau.

08/08/2021
Spaceships & Dragons!

Dive into worlds unknown with four science fiction and fantasy authors as they read from their most current works. Featuring Kellie Doherty, author of “Curling Vines & Crimson Trades”, Eboni Dunbar, Catherine Lundoff, author of “Blood Moon”, and Vincent Scott, author of “The Hereafter Bytes”.

08/07/2021
2021 Chapbook Competition Reading

Come hear the winners of the 2021 chapbook competition read from their books. The three winners in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction will be published by Neon Hemlock Press.
We're excited to announce the winners:
Nonfiction: Hannah Soyer
Fiction: Mari Ness
Poetry: Jason B. Crawford

08/07/2021
Poets, Q***rness, & What America Looks Like

A reading featuring poets from the anthology This Is What America Looks Like. Moderator Jona Colson will lead a discussion on q***rness in the U.S. and how the LGBTQ+ literary tradition is changing, featuring Regie Cabico, Emily Holland, Natalie Illum, and Kim Roberts.

08/07/2021
Some Like It Hot

Is s*x in a romance novel a must for you? If so, how hot do you like it? Join our interactive panel of women-loving-women authors for an engaging discussion where we’ll be sharing readings from our recent works that span the heat levels of the official Scoville Scale’s Range of S*x & Love, from the sweet Bell Pepper all the way to the Carolina Reaper! Our presentation will include games, great giveaways and we’re promising an hour of laughter and fun in a s*x-positive space. Featuring Celeste Castro (Interlude Press), Toni Draper (Interlude Press), Tagan Shepard (Bella Books), and K.D. Williamson (Dirt Road Books).

08/07/2021
Murder By Zoom

Murder By Zoom: A Reading Featuring LGBTQ Crime Writers
Come for a sampling of the best LGBTQ crime fiction written today — and if you’re observant and clever enough, you may be able to detect clues to a crime embedded in the reading itself. Moderated by John Copenhaver, featuring Brenda Buchanan, Cheryl Head, Renee James, Mia Manansala, Michael Nava, and PJ Vernon.
***During this session, we will hear from six fabulous LGBTQ crime writers. To add to the fun: clues to a CLUE board game-type murder mystery have been planted in SOME of the Zoom backgrounds of the participating authors. Your host, John Copenhaver, will drop hints along the way, as well. All clues have an LGBTQ twist.
To win a $30 gift certificate to bookshop.org, you’ll need to email John the MURDER’S NAME, the WEAPON, and the ROOM in which the murder took place. Example: “MRS PEACOCK with the KNIFE in the KITCHEN.”
POSSIBLE MURDERERS:
Colonel Mustard, Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, Mr. Green, Mrs. White, & Mrs. Peacock
POSSIBLE WEAPONS
The Knife, The Candlestick, The Revolver, The Rope, The Lead Pipe, & The Wrench
POSSIBLE ROOMS
Hall, Lounge, Dining Room, Kitchen, Ball Room, Conservatory, Billiard Room, Library, Study
Email me the solution through my website www.johncopenhaver.com
LINKS TO AUTHOR BOOKS:
Brenda’s book: Truth Beat (A Joe Gale Mystery): https://amzn.to/37miDaF
Cheryl’s book: Warn Me When It’s Time, https://bookshop.org/.../warn-me-when-it-s.../9781612942070
Renee’s Book: Seven Suspects: https://bookshop.org/books/seven-suspects-3/9781608093113
Mia’s book Arsenic and Adobo:
https://bookshop.org/books/arsenic-and-adobo/9780593201671
Michael’s book: Lies With Man: https://bookshop.org/books/lies-with-man/9781612941974
PJ’s book: Bath Haus: https://bookshop.org/.../bath-haus-a-thriller/9780385546737
John’s book: The Savage Kind (pre-order).
https://bookshop.org/.../the-savage-kind-a.../9781643138091

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The Washington City Paper named OutWrite the “Best Place to Connect With Q***r Writers”! Thank you for this incredible recognition!
So proud to have my poem "Hard to Read: Part II" included in this week's special edition of Metro Weekly highlighting works of panelists and workshop facilitators participating in this year's OutWrite literary festival. To read my poem, flip to page 59! https://magazine.metroweekly.com/books/ykon/?fbclid=IwAR2ANyv6elOue_Ia2n9hkSDO4TVeOksI_z9MeVlfuIy5hM23ntpdfikjEsY#p=59 Learn more about OutWrite 2021. RSVP to my poetry workshop, "Healing Through Poetry" on August 8 at 10a PDT; 11a MDT; 12p CDT; 1p EDT here: https://www.facebook.com/events/3090850197815089/
I will be facilitating a poetry workshop during the OutWrite Festival this year! See the full festival lineup here: https://thedccenter.org/outwrite/outwrite-2021/
OutWrite is a celebration of LGBTQ literature, held annually the first weekend in August in Washington, D.C. The 2021 festival will be August 6-8, 2021. This year they are running their third annual chapbook contest for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that explore some aspect of the q***r experience, interpreted broadly. There is no fee to submit. For more information on OutWrite and their chapbook competition, see my interview with Co-Chairs Marlena Chertock and Malik Thompson and a link to submission guidelines below.
I am thrilled to have been selected as a workshop facilitator for Washington, D.C.’s annual, free LGBTQ literary festival, OutWrite. I will be virtually presenting my workshop, Healing through Poetry, this coming August. . . . . . . . . . #OutWrite2021 #LGBTQWriters #LGBTQPride #DCWriters #LiteraryFestival #WritingWorkshop #PoetryWorkshop #HealingThroughPoetry #AnneMarieWells
HumanitiesDC is pleased to announce the five projects awarded with the Voices Small Grant in support of humanities projects that will document and preserve the stories of individuals during recent major historical events. “Story sharing is a powerful medium to reflect, inspire, educate and seek justice. We chose these inaugural Voices awardees because their stories will encourage us to find new meaning in our own experiences and to better understand each other’s,” said Rafi Crockett, Acting Director of Programs for HumanitiesDC. The 2021 Voices Small Grant awardees are: Ritija Rice Gupta, Special Deliveries: Babies born in the COVID Era Mysiki X Valentine, MLOV: Elevating Immigrant Voices from the Frontlines Dewey Ortiz Jr, Game Therapy Amanda Stephenson, Diamonds in the District…Shining through Dark Times Marlena Chertock, OutWriteDC HumanitiesDC awards up to $2,000 per project to District nonprofits and individuals doing work to support cultural, educational and community-based public programming with a humanities element. These grants play a vital role in sharing our diverse culture, community, and identities. For more information about HumanitiesDC’s funding opportunities visit www.humanitiesDC.org.
Women Are Poetry In Motion -- Every Day in Every Way Feb 27, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST online event Register for Women Are Poetry In Motion -- Every Day in Every Way at www.estherproductionsinc.com/events-1/women-are-poetry-in-motion-every-day-in-every-way #targetaudience
Discovering Me...Without You: An Annual Personal Essay Contest is for teen girls 14-17 who live in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Region. It is designed to aid in the healing of fatherless girls. Hosted by Esther Productions, Inc. - estherproductionsinc.com/contest #dmv #online #parents #educators #writers
Esther Productions, Inc. is dedicated to using a variety of vehicles—traditional and nontraditional—to develop communities throughout the United States and Europe. It was created in 2004 by Jonetta Rose Barras, award-winning journalist and author of Whatever Happened to Daddy’s Little Girl? For more information about Esther Productions, Inc, please visit estherproductionsinc.com "Passionate and shockingly frank, Whatever Happened to Daddy's Little Girl is the first book to explore the plight of America's fatherless daughters from the unique perspective of the African-American community. ... Fathers fashion their daughters as expertly and as powerfully as they do their sons." https://www.amazon.com/Whatever-Happened-Daddys-Little-Girl/dp/0345434838 #services #targetaudience
In his review in Lambda Literary, award-winning author John Copenhaver calls FIRE ON THE ISLAND a “dramatic collage” that transports its readers to Greece! “Smith offers us a sojourn into a quaint Greek community threatened by a diabolical arsonist, but what we get is something quieter, more complex, and more universal.” Gay main character and themes. Please click on the link to read the full review.
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Sunday is a wrap for our OutWrite #OutWrite2020 . Take a look at Sunday's schedule and join us! Check out www.outwritedc.org for the virtual experience!