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Literary Festivals

Saints & Sinners Literary Festival

Saints and Sinners Literary Festival
The What is Good Editing panel, from left: author Katherine V.
Forrest, publisher Kelly Smith, author Jay Quinn and moderator,
author J.M. Redmann
Saints and Sinners Literary Festival
The Literary Saints of 2004, Val McDermid, Jewelle Gomez, Ann Bannon, David Rosen and seated in front, Mark Doty, are congratulated by Literary Saint of 2003 Patricia Nell Warren, center.

The gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTIQA) community of New Orleans is a rich source of colorful and enlightening literature. Every year, in mid-May, this great heritage is celebrated during the annual Saints & Sinners Literary Festival, during which other GLBTI writers from around the world are invited to attend and share their work with the locals.

Originally begun in 2003 to promote knowledge and awareness of AIDS/HIV, the S&S Festival has expanded to showcase a wide cross-section of GLBTI writers and their work. Over the years it has become a way to bring the GLBTI literary community together to celebrate the literary arts.

The festival presents panel discussions, master classes, workshops, readings and performances that center around GLBTI literary topics. It provides a forum for authors and editors to talk about their work for the benefit of emerging writers and the enjoyment of fans of GLBTI literature.

Past festivals have included such intriguing authors, editors, publishers, activists and readers as Dorothy Allison, Nancy Garden, William Mann, Clive Barker, Cyerly Burke, Abha Dawesar, JD Guilford, Aaron Hamburger and Jeffrey Round. Other attendees include Jake Shears from Scissor Sisters, award-winning writers K.M. Soehnlein and Michelle Tea, authors and poets Martin Pousson and Elena Georgiou, along with master classes facilitated by Steven Saylor and Karla Jay. New Orleans literary lions Kenneth Holditch, Julie Smith and Chris Wiltz have also been among past participants. A highlight of the 2007 festival was Elizabeth's Whitney's solo performance "Wonder Woman the Musicalion" at The Parade on the corner of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets.

Participation in and generous support for the Saints & Sinners Literary Festival directly benefits the NO/AIDS Task Force and helps rebuild the GLBTIQA cultural and literary community in New Orleans.

The Saints & Sinners Literary Festival is under the auspices of the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival.

To register or for more info, visit, email or call 504-581-1144.

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