Literary Pride in August: My OutWrite & FlameCon Panels!

Well I've been horrible at The Blogging lately, hm? But, I've been super great at... Life? 

We got married in the beginning of August -- in a bookstore, of course -- and our honeymoon was full of climbing, zip lining, rope coursing, and, naturally, a lot of laughter.

Right after our honeymoon, I started my new, additional full time job, in earnest: being a personal trainer is amazing so far. I remain in a state of awe that I'm getting paid to be in a gym all day. What?! (If you wanna train with me remotely, hit me up!)

And now? Back at the #authorlife grind! 

In the next few weeks, I'll be on and moderating a bunch of panels, both here in NYC (FlameCon, anyone?!) and down in D.C. at the OutWrite Literary Festival.

Whether you're local to D.C. or to my own city, stop on by for good conversation and loads of queer literature!

So, first off: 

#OutWrite Literary Festival, Washington D.C.

Reading: Between Worlds. 10am. Saturday, August 4th.

Don Sakers, Genevieve Iseult Eldredge, Racheline Maltese, and me! 

Moderated by Rob Gates.

 #OutWrite2018 10am August 4th Between Worlds: Readings from Don Sakers & Genevieve Iseult Eldredge & Jenn Polish & Racheline Maltese. Moderated by Rob Gates. White text overlays an ancient-looking stone door... in space.

#OutWrite2018 10am August 4th Between Worlds: Readings from Don Sakers & Genevieve Iseult Eldredge & Jenn Polish & Racheline Maltese. Moderated by Rob Gates. White text overlays an ancient-looking stone door... in space.

Panel: Writing Nonbinary Characters. 11am. Saturday, August 4th.

Racheline Maltese, Brit Mandelo, Carmen Phelps, Xemiyulu Manibusan, and me!

Moderated by A.M. Dellamonica.

Panel: Worldbuilding for Experts and Beginners.

12pm. Saturday, August 4th.

Kosoko Jackson, Alexis Smithers, Marcos Gonsalez, and Melissa Scott.

Moderated by... me!

 My OutWrite DC appearances, in infographics made by the event hosts: Writing Nonbinary Characters is at 11am on Saturday, August 4th, and Worldbuilding for Experts and Beginners (I'm moderating!) is the same day at noon. The cartoon fox featured in the Worldbuilding graphic is rocking a necklace and is queer as f*ck!

My OutWrite DC appearances, in infographics made by the event hosts: Writing Nonbinary Characters is at 11am on Saturday, August 4th, and Worldbuilding for Experts and Beginners (I'm moderating!) is the same day at noon. The cartoon fox featured in the Worldbuilding graphic is rocking a necklace and is queer as f*ck!

And, at FlameCon back in NYC, Marcos and I are back for more shenanigans! 

FlameCon, New York, NY. 

Panel: Too Gay for This Shit: YA/Comic Crushes and Our Mental Health.

12:15-1:00pm. Sunday, August 19th.

Marcos Gonsalez and me (the dream team!!!)

 Photos of Marcos S. Gonsalez and myself, surrounded by text about our FlameCon panel, "Too Gay for This Shit: YA/Comic Crushes and Our Mental Health", on Sunday, August 19th from 12:15-1:00pm.

Photos of Marcos S. Gonsalez and myself, surrounded by text about our FlameCon panel, "Too Gay for This Shit: YA/Comic Crushes and Our Mental Health", on Sunday, August 19th from 12:15-1:00pm.

Description: 

Whether it's finding gentle models of masculinity (T'challa, anyone?) or fanboying over trans Peter Parker head canons and Storm's obvious need for her own movie, our queer comic and YA literature crushes sustain our mental health, even when the rest of the world feels like it's caving in. In this panel, we'll discuss (and invite the audience to share) the intersections of our queer joy and queer pain. We'll explore the ways that fictional representation (and lack thereof) can both hold our mental health together and tear it apart as we navigate queer mental health communities through representations of comic and YA fiction queerness.

Come nerd out with us: I'll see you there.