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black lgbt artsy event: atlanta: 6/23 – 6/25: atlanta queer literary festival @ mulitple locations in atlanta and decatur

The premiere LGBT literary Festival in Atlanta, The Atlanta Queer Literary Festival (AQLF), showcasing LGBT authors, novelists, playwrights, and poets will take place June 23-25 in Atlanta and Decatur. Keynote speakers are Sibling Rivalry Press founder Bryan Borland and Women of the World Poetry Slam champion Theresa Davis. There will be readings, poetry slams, workshops, signings, and theater events.

Blogger and AQLF board member Cleo Creech stated the board is “returning AQLF back to it’s Stonewall roots.”

Go to their website for a schedule of events.

Last year Antron Reshaud, black gay poet and author of Bohemian Rebel: Naked and Exposed. Vol 1 and The Rising Vol 2., performed last year during AQLF’s opening night event at Charis Books with Karen Head, Alice Teeter, Timothy Wright, Bailey Lynn, Maudelle Driskell and Mose Hardin. Antron premiered his One Man Show: SIXLIVESINFORTYPOEMS.

Linton Kwesi Johnson on stage reading from a book

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Other black LGBT authors included Charles Stephens, Reginald T. Jackson, Ifa Bumi, and Blair (D. Blair). “Charles Stephens has been an advocate and enthusiast of black queer literature and culture since he read James Baldwin’s Just Above My Head when he was a precocious 12-year old. He also co-organized “Phyre” a celebration of black queer history and culture. His writing has appeared in the Gay and Lesbian Review, the monographs Think Again and If We Have to Take Tomorrow and Alternet.”

Reginald T. Jackson‘s new book of poetry, This Morning I Woke Black: The Barack Obama Poems, on Outskirts Press, “was named a National Shakespeare Pioneer for his adaptation of King Lear as a Black Drag Queen dying of AIDS: House of Lear. He also received a NYC Mayor’s Citation and an Arts and Cultural Foundation Award for his work in Arts-In-Education. His literary works have appeared in the anthology Brother To Brother, the anthology Flesh and The Word 2, BlackOut Magazine, the anthology Sojourner, BGM Magazine, OUTWEEK Magazine, American Writing Magazine, The Pyramid Poetry Periodical,He has completed two novels entitled: Love Sickness and My Homeboy Love.” Check out Reginald’s interview with DJ Baker on the Da Doo Dirty Show discussing the inspiration for “This Morning I Woke Black” and living with HIV.

Ifa Bumi is a poet, spoken word artist, and songwriter. Her spoken word album, Musoetry, was released in 2009 and received critical acclaim.

Blair (D. Blair), 2010 Callaloo Fellow, is an “award winning Detroit-based poet and singer-songwriter, a 2010 Callaloo Poetry Fellow and a National Poetry Slam Champion. He is the author of Moonwalking, published by Penmanship Books. The recipient of Seattle WA’s Bent Mentor Award, he is also a Def Poetry Jam Poet who’s performed on bills with Stevie Wonder, Wilco, Oscar Winner Michael Moore, Bitch and Animal and others. He teaches poetry and music classes in Detroit Public Schools, Hannan House Senior Center, the YMCA and lectures at universities, colleges and high schools across the country.” Blair is performing in Chicago on 4/23 at Scarab Club with Jamaal May and in New York on 5/7-5/8 at the Nuyorican Poetry Cafe.

Cary Alan Johnson, Executive Director of International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission gave the first keynote address at the Auburn Avenue Research Library. Cary previously had been IGLHRC’s Senior Africa Specialist, a position he held for four years, and managed the organization’s office in Cape Town, South Africa. Lambda Award finalist Ana Bozicevic gave the second keynote address.

Last year’s panels included: journalism, African-American writers and social media. This year should be even better.

I hope to make this a stop on my book tour. Fingers crossed.



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All Things Black, Art-sy and Gay: Resources for Black LGBT Artists

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Film Festivals

  • Los Angeles: Fusion Film Festival, Outfest, Los Angeles‘ LGBT people of color film festival, March
  • San Francisco: Queer Women of Color Film Festival, San Francisco’s National Queer Arts Festival
  • Cape Town: Out in Africa, Cape Town, South Africa‘s film festival
  • San Francisco: San Francisco Black LGBT Film Festival, San Francisco’s Black LGBT film festival – community project by the Black Coalition on AIDS
  • London: Black Gay & Lesbian Film/Video Exhibition
  • New York City: Queer Black Cinema, NYC Black LGBTQ Monthly Film Series (A Black gay monthly film series that screenings Black gay films every 4th Thursday of the month – hosts the Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival in Harlem

Non-Black and Gay But Curious Festivals


  • Black Womyn (a black, queer, female director promoting social change and insight into the black female queer condition through film. The documentary is structured by interviews— conversations—the director had with each of the women. It features candid interviews with black lesbian women discussing coming out, sexuality and religion, love and relationships, marriage, patriarchy, visibility in media, discrimination and homophobia, activism, gender identity, Black lesbian youth and elders, balancing gender/race/sexuality, and, finally, what it means to call oneself a Black lesbian today. Listings of screenings are available on site)
  • GBF Media (a Black lesbian media company that produces films and commercials)


  • San Francisco: A Different Light
  • Atlanta: In The Life
  • Atlanta: OutWrite Books
  • Washington, DC: Lamda Rising
  • Philadelphia: Giovanni’s Room
  • Boston: Calamus Book
  • St. Petersburg, FL: Brigit Books (Feminist bookstore)
  • St. Louis: Left Bank Books (Indie bookstore) – Works well with self-published authors to get their books on the shelves (tip: the books have to be professionally bound though)
  • Las Vegas: Get Booked (not really sure about this one though)

Networking (Business meet Pleasure)

  • Atlanta: Affair with Flair, Atlanta’s black gay/lesbian focused business networking organization
  • Brooklyn: The Black Lesbians Network (The Black Lesbians Network offers a communal think tank to effectively impact our society and culture)
  • Atlanta: ZAMI (Non-profit seeking to empower and affirm the lives of lesbians of African descent through scholarships, leadership development, support/ discussion groups, social activities, drum performances, outreach and education.
  • Chicago: Affinity Community Services (Non-profit organization currently serving Chicago’s black lesbian and bisexual women’s community)

Check out the companion piece to this article Resources for Black Gay and Lesbian Writers featuring publishers, magazines, newspapers, writer’s retreats, literary conferences, and websites dedicated to LGBT Black writers.

Updated: I hope to keep adding to this list when I hear of other opportunities


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