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Book Tour News


I am excited to announce the first stops in my book tour. The tour information is subject to change.

April 30: Oakland – The Knocturnal Project Presents Victor Yates at Qulture Collective
Address: 1714 Franklin Street, Oakland, CA 94607
Time: 6pm-9pm
Cost: $5

May 6: Palm Springs – Welcome Reception for Blatino Oasis with Johnnell Lyric Terrell at The Hyatt Regency
Address: 285 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Time: 4pm-7pm
Cost: Free

May 24: West Hollywood – Lambda Literary Finalists Reading at West Hollywood Library
Address: Council Chambers – Lower Level 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Time: 7pm
Cost: Free

June TBA: Playa Vista – Playa Vista Library/Friends of the Public Library Present Victor Yates at Playa Vista Public Library
Address: Community Room – 6400 Playa Vista Drive, Playa Vista, CA 90094
Time: TBA
Cost: Free

June 5: Brooklyn – Victor Yates Reading
Address: Private Residence – Invite Only
Time: TBA
Cost: Free

June 24: Chicago – Ubuntu Center of Chicago Presents Victor Yates
Address: 1525 East 55th Street Suite 205 Chicago, IL 60615
Time: TBA
Cost: Free

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Kontrol Magazine Interviewed Me: Check it out

Writer Victor Yates Photoshoot for Natural Gal photo 2

Photo Credit: Garen Hagobian/Stylist: Rico Cherry

Kontrol is a lifestyle, fashion, and entertainment magazine, based out of Atlanta and features new writers and/or writing projects monthly. I am the new featured writer.

An excerpt from the interview is below:

Get to know Victor

Why did you choose to get involved in this project?

I wanted to be involved in the project, because I believe it is important to start having more open conversations in families where sexuality and/or sexual abuse are taboo. The book form is a great package to hand to someone and say read this and get back to me. Books make great gifts, for any occasion, and speak when people cannot. I know of so many households where kids, growing up, were not allowed to talk about being gay. Because if they talked about homosexuality, they were talking about sex and sex talks were a no-no. The feedback from the project has been overwhelming. Different readers saw themselves or found similarities in their experiences with specific pieces. I’ve had two readings in L.A. so far and people have come with their mothers or bought a copy for a relative with children. Someone even told me they were buying a copy for their job.

Read the full article at: http://www.kontrolmag.com/author-conversations-with-victor-yates-kontrolreads/


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black lgbt artsy event: orlando: june 5: books and brunch literary workshop @ orlando vista hotel

Books and Brunch, Orlando Black Pride

Books and Brunch, Orlando Black Pride

June is the official Pride month. Each week there seems to be a Pride celebration happening across the states. Orlando Black (gay) Pride is May 31 – June 5. The event I’m most excited about is Books and Brunch, hosted by Kat Williams, host of Sipping On Ink radio show (Blog Talk Radio). Books and Brunch is a literary workshop featuring G. Winston James, Fiona Zedde, Cheril N. Clarke, Spoken, Ortis Randolf, Sherry Michelle, Skyy, and Kat Williams.

Kat William’s Sipping On Ink Interview With Yvonne Fly Onakeme Etaghene

Event Description:

Kat Williams will be moderating a discussion on writing and how to get published and each of the featured authors will talk about their experience getting published. Guests will have the opportunity to chat with the authors and purchase books for signing. The event is a teleseminar. If you can’t be there you can see it as it happens at Orlando Black Pride.

Fiona Zedde On Gender/Race/Sexuality For black./womyn.:conversations

Location: Orlando Vista Hotel, 12490 Apopka Vineland Road

Date/Time: Sunday, June 5, 2011, 11am-2pm

Price: Only $20 entry and brunch or $10 entry only (The brunch will include: Mimosa, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Chicken & Vegetable Kabobs, Home Fries, Texas Rice, Caesar Salad, Rolls, and Coffee)

Go out and meet all the authors. Tickets for the event can be purchased http://www.orlandoblackpride.eventbrite.com or http://www.orlandoblackpride.com. Please purchase in advance as space is limited.

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black lgbt artsy event: new york: 4/30/11: Staceyann Chin and Carl Hancock Rux

Reason #25 I want to leave Jacksonville, Florida.

Last January I ran away from Jacksonville to join the circus in LA. Not the literal circus. The literary circus. Jacksonville is like hell without the luxury of sweating. The city provided me with great content for my soon-to-be released book, The Taste of Scars, however I’ve out grown it. I’ve been in LA and I need to book a ticket back home to clean out my apartment. My lease ends April 30. Where from there? When you’re unemployed the skies the limit, literally. I can sleep on any bench in any city.

LA is a good distraction from Jacksonville. It’s more of a movie and TV script world. New York is the book world. Fire and Ink, the black lgbt literary conference, is hosting an event with a special reading by Staceyann Chin and Carl Hancock Rux. I would drop it like its hot for Hugh Hefner to get a plane ticket to New York and a ticket to the event, Writes of Spring. I would love to hear Staceyann perform. I might be sleeping on a New York bench at the end of the month.

The video above is of Staceyann. Staceyann is one of my favorite authors and poets. While editing a few chapters in LA I would listen to this performance on repeat at the Starbucks on Wilshire near LACMA (not LACAMA). I never watched Def Poets Jam and was excited to learn that Staceyann performed on the show and grinned like a proud daddy when on National TV, in front of a live audience, at black audience, on Def Poets Jam, Staceyann read a poem about her experience being a lesbian (To watch the video hit the more button below). If you’re in NYC please check out Staceyann Chin and Carl Hancock Rux at Writes of Spring.

Event Titled: Writes of Spring

Staceyann Chin

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Description: Enjoy an evening of food, festivities, music and a special reading by the talented STACEYANN CHIN and CARL HANCOCK RUX! Unapologetically Caribbean and Black, Asian and lesbian, woman and New Yorker, STACEYANN CHIN is the author of the memoir, The Other Side of Paradise. CARL HANCOCK RUX, is an award-winning poet, playwright, novelist, essayist, recording artist, and author of Asphalt and Pagan Operetta.

The event is hosted by Steven G. Fullwood and Reginald Harris.

The cost is $25.00 per person. All proceeds benefit FIRE & INK, INC. Advance tickets available at Fireandink.org! FIRE & INK, INC. is devoted to increasing the understanding, visibility and awareness of the works for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender writers of African descent and heritage. Saturday, April 30, 2011, 7:00 PM11:00 PM.

Address: 213 Taaffe Place #114 Brooklyn, NY.

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The Creative Spark: how to unlock the creative process and inspire (a new ongoing series)

by David Mason (of Slickitup)

1. Read a fairy tale.
2. Watch Bladerunner, Beyond the Thunderdome, and View to a kill.
3. Learn the color wheel.

probably Claude Boutet's 7-color and 12-color ...

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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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the wink and the nod: a poem

I wait for it
the wink and the nod

hand to waist
it’s dark enough
for this to be ok

come this way
no come this way
he walks his way

if I walk his way
we might be seen

he walks back by
hand to waist
a nod
come this way
no come my way
he walks my way

he takes my hand
and we’re dancing
this is the first time
I’ve done anything like this

is this the right place

for two men to stand

so close




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