I just got word that I will be doing a reading from my second book ONE GAY AMERICAN at the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans this Memorial Day Weekend. Quite an honor, as I will get to meet and mingle with many distinguished LGBT literary folks. I am thrilled and honored to be included on that list. I bought a ticket to attend the festival as a spectator back in January. Now I am a presenter!
I am also doing a reading and will be on a panel of gay authors at the Montana Gay Pride Festival this June.
Folks from my hometown, Robinson, Illinois, have asked me to do a reading from ONE GAY AMERICAN this October for the Crawford County Arts Council which corresponds with the Fall Festival and my 30 year high school class reunion. This is a big deal to me since my hometown is not very gay friendly and much of the book is about the homophobia I experienced while growing up there. I have never been back for any of my class reunions.
As soon as I posted the news on Facebook, two more things popped up. A student in a LGBT Gay Culture Class at Seattle Central Community College has approached me about doing a reading and class discussion. Also, I have a proxy: a friend of mine from grad school will be doing a reading from ONE GAY AMERICAN on my behalf for their LGBT group at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh. I chose the chapters “Carl” and “Love Date” for her to read to her students.
I am thrilled to say the least. Two years ago I would have never dreamed anything like this would ever happen to me.