Atlanta Queer Lit Fest starts Wednesday

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imageLGBT writers are an Atlanta luxury that some might take for granted. Many cities don’t have our wealth of local talent, so the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival lets you stop and smell the proses.

The AQLF is a year-round group advocating for literary awareness and supporting each other’s work, but the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival name also applies to their biggest annual event, which starts Wednesday and visits multiple locations around town for five days with an all-day crescendo on Saturday.

Fresh off the heels of readings on Atlanta Pride stages, as well as a Queer Block at the Decatur Book Festival and last week’s “I See Straight People” showcase of allied writers, the 2009 festival caps off a great year for the group.

Headed by Franklin Abbott, whose “Pink Zinnia” was published last month to much fanfare from us, the 2009 event is a virtual Who’s Who, not only of Atlanta-based queer literati, but nationally acclaimed names as well. The keynote reading is by Stacyann Chin and Manil Suri (photos, top-bottom).image

Check the festival schedule below—and we’ll remind you each day in our Gay Things To Do Today posts–to see when you can hear the pearls of wisdom as they drop from the very lips of your favorites.

Last month, Abbott spoke to us about how far queer literature has come. Click the link to read what he had to say about LGBT writers and their advancement in the literary world from “being the red-headed step-children waiting on the stoop for the prom.”

Also note in the schedule that the festival takes place in conjunction with the play “The Book of Revolutions,” with readings from AQLF guests before each show.

Fans of Project Q Atlanta’s Gay Agenda calendar who have been sneaking peeks ahead at events this week might notice that Tuesday’s Pre-festival event with YouthPride is no longer part of the AQLF lineup. A scheduling conflict nixed that particular event.

Wednesday, Nov. 4
Festival kick-off & Charis anniversary celebration
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Charis Books & More, 1189 Euclid Ave.
Malika, Krystal Tift, Alice Teeter, Louisa Merchant, Sharon Sanders, Sincere, Ken J. Martin, Charlene Ball and Libby Ware

Play: “The Book of Revolutions”
by Anthony Garcia-Copian
7 – 9 p.m.
First Existentialist Congregation
470 Candler Park Drive
Winner of the Larry Corse Playwriting Award; directed by Hollis Smith.
Pre-show poetry by Larry Corse & Donovan Brown

Thursday, Nov. 5
“My Diva” anthology reading
7:15 p.m.
Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse
991 Piedmont Ave.
Collin Kelley, Cleo Creech, Michael Montlack (editor), Jim Elledge, Regie Cabico

“The Book of Revolutions”
7 – 9 p.m. at First Existentialist Congregation
Pre-show poetry by Robin Kemp & Timothy Wright

Friday, Nov. 6
Keynote reading by Stacyann Chin and Manil Suri
7 – 9 p.m.
Auburn Avenue Research Library
101 Auburn Ave.
Emcee: Franklin Abbott

Keynote after party
9 p.m. – midnight
Danneman’s Coffee House
466 Edgewood Ave.
Music by Bekah Kelso, Ginger Doss and Lucas Miré

“The Book of Revolutions”
7 – 9 p.m.
First Existentialist Congregation
Poetry by Brad Fairchild, one-act play by Sharon Mathis

Saturday, Nov. 7
A day of readings and workshops
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Decatur Library
215 Sycamore St., Decatur

All-Star Poetry Slam Showcase
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Java Monkey Coffee House
205 E Ponce De Leon Ave. Ste. 5, Decatur
Marty McConnell, Ami Mattison, Kit Yan, Regie Cabico, James Caroline, JT Bullock, Theresa Davis and Joanna Hoffman. Hosted by Karen G.

After party
9 p.m. – midnight
Paris Decatur
308 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.
Anye Elite & others

“The Book of Revolutions”
7 – 9 p.m. at First Existentialist Congregation
Pre-show poetry by Patrique Vosges and Antron-Rechaud, Admission: $15

Sunday, Nov. 8
Queer Creativity
11 a.m.
First Existentialist Congregation.
Franklin Abbott, Robin Kemp, John Mifsud, Deb/ra Hiers, Bob Strain and Janet Metzger. Music from Anye Elite.

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