This month's homo-centric reading is just what the doctor ordered...as long as the doctor ordered an evening filled with hyper-talented Queer writers slamming together to create a perfect storm of an evening that you don't want to miss.
Charles Flowers, the editor of the queer lit journal BLOOM, along with L.A. contributors Monica Carter and Abbie Leavens, will be there to discuss and read from the just-published seventh issue of BLOOM.
As if that weren't enough literary fertilizer to nourish your brain garden until May, New Yorker Charles Rice-Gonzales will be in town and is coming to homo-centric to read from his latest book Chulito.
So please mark your calendars and plan on coming to Stories Books on April 19th at 7:30pm. Wait--make that 7pm--that way you can browse and buy, order some of their good food or a coffee/tea drink from the baristas and settle in for an evening of terrific LGBTQI writers reading their words.
Charles Rice-González, born in Puerto Rico and reared in the Bronx , is a writer, long-time community and LGBT activist and Executive Director of BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance. He received an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College . His debut novel, Chulito, was released in October 2011, and he co-edited, with Charlie Vázquez, From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction released in August 2011.
Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Monica Carter currently resides in Los Angeles, California where she is a current participant in PEN Center USA’s Mark program for Emerging Voices alumni. A PEN USA Emerging Voices Fellow 2010 and a Lambda Literary Foundation Emerging GLBT Voice 2010, her fiction has appeared in Strange Cargo, An Emerging Voices Anthology, The Rattling Wall, and the current Spring issue of Bloom.
Abbie J. Leavens is earning her MFA from the University of California in Irvine, where she currently lives, teaches, and writes. Her poetry has appeared in journals and magazines such as BlazeVOX, fortyouncebachelors, Barnstorm, and Bloom, and is forthcoming in Reed, Xenith, and The Dr. TJ Eckleberg Review.
Charles Flowers is the editor of the literary journal BLOOM. Two hundred six different writers have been published in BLOOM since the journal's first issue. BLOOM was founded to support the work of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered writers and artists and to foster the appreciation of queer literature and creation. With 206 writers published to date, I think their mission is being accomplished. Yes, I said two hundred six different writers.
Stories is located at 1716 Sunset Blvd., between Le Moyne and Logan. Parking available in the lot behind the store on Le Moyne St.
Since Spring has sprung we'll be outside on the back patio. Please bring a jacket in case the weather is cooler than you are.
Make sure you come early to support the store and cafe!
We usually get there around 7pm to
* Order a coffee or tea and have a sandwich!
* Hang out and meet other writers.
* Wander the aisles and buy a book.
Remember that we depend on the word of mouth - so tell a friend, and bring two or three! See you there!