Reader Line-Up

Starting at 12pm PT/ 3pm EDT:

Phillip Ward and Brian Edward reading The Last Word: An Autobiography by Quentin Crisp, edited by Phillip Ward and Laurence Watts, And One More Thing by Quentin Crisp, edited by Phillip Ward and Laurence Watts, and Quentin Crisp: The Last Word (the play) by Quentin Crisp, adapted by Phillip Ward and Brian Edward with Spencer Whale

Phillip Ward is a consultant and researcher, archivist and curator, multimedia artist, photographer, poet, and writer. Mr. Ward was Quentin Crisp’s assistant, dresser, typist, escort, and travel companion during the 1980s and until Mr. Crisp’s death in 1999. As Quentin Crisp’s estate executor, Mr. Ward organized the New York City memorial, “An Evening for Quentin Crisp” at Cooper Union’s Great Hall in March 2000, and co-edited the memorial tribute booklet Quentin Crisp 1908–1999. Mr. Ward is content editor and webmaster of Crisperanto: The Quentin Crisp Archives (crisperanto.org), and is co-editor of Quentin Crisp’s final book, The Last Word: An Autobiography (2017) and its companion book, And One More Thing (2018). He is also the editor of Quentin Crisp in Black and White: Photographs by Martin Fishman (2017), and co-editor of RANDOM New York City: Photographs by Martin Fishman (2017). His poetry chapbooks include Sanctified (2006)Fractured Glances (2006)Monuments (1995)Love Notes to Miss P. (1989)Blue Skies & A Margarita (1986)Phases (non omnis moriar) (1983)Fragmented Images (1982); and Winged Flights (1980). Phillip Ward’s curatorial and participatory contributions include exhibits at the Victoria and Albert Museum (2009), Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (2017), Museum of Arts and Design (2013), Mix NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival (2010), Envoy Enterprises (2010), Broadway Gallery (2010), Santo’s Party House (2009), Fourth Street Photo Gallery (2001), Emerging Collector (2000), Exit Art (2007), and Blue Sky Project (2008). His writings, photographs, and artwork have appeared in an array of magazines, journals, books, and Internet, including group exhibitions in New York, London, and Joetsu City, Japan, and in private collections. Born and raised in Paintsville, Kentucky, Phillip Ward lives in New York City.

Brian Edward is a performing and literary artist, director, playwright, and an avid scholar of art and film.  He is the author of several produced plays including the nationally acclaimed touring musical Amish Burlesque, and has been a featured guest lecturer for the Berkshire Playwrights Festival.  Locally he has performed with The REP, 12 Peers Theater, Little Lake Theater, Pittsburgh Opera, and The Pittsburgh New Works Festival, where he was named Outstanding Leading Actor in 2011 and 2012.  Brian was named among the top supporting actors in Pittsburgh by the Post Gazette in 2001, and among the top leading actors in 2002. He has served as host and emcee for numerous charitable and cultural events including the American Institute of Architecture Design Awards, and is the host of ‘Burgh Vivant, Pittsburgh’s arts and culture talk magazine.

Peggy Berryhill reading from Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown

From her website:

My name is Peggy Berryhill, I’m a member of the Muscogee Nation. I’ve been a broadcast journalist for 45 years. It’s a path I believe that the Creator chose for me and to say that I am passionate about it is almost an understatement. I’m also known as “the First Lady of Native Radio.” Today I am the owner and Manager of KGUA 88.3 FM located in Gualala, California. I am never far from a microphone and camera. I love that technology has shrunk our tools and makes it easier to keep them handy. Over the years I have collected hundreds of hours of interviews with our Native people from respected elders, activists, politicians, storytellers, wisdom keepers, artists and musicians from many nations and generations. I’ve collaborated with the Smithsonian Insitutions’ American History Museum, the Smithsonian Insitutions’ National Museum of the American Indian, the Autry, and numerous Indian organizations. I’m the only Native person to have worked full time as a Producer at NPR. My work has garnered a wall full of awards. These days I seem to be collecting “Lifetime Achievement Awards” but my life is far from over. There will always be stories to be shared. When I began writing and producing radio in the 1970’s one if my main mission’s was to help break down the stereotypes of Native people. That work is ongoing, the old stereotypes persist and become ingrained anew with each generation.  The other mission was to ensure that Native people heard our heroes and sheroes, the voices of our communities to help lead us into the future. Neither if these missions have changed.

Robert Patrick reading from, Temple Slave, by Robert Patrick

Robert Patrick was born in 1937 to migrant laborers in America’s Southwest. He produced his first play The Haunted Host at New York City’s Caffe Cino in 1964 and became “New York’s Most Produced Playwright of the 1960s” (according to play publisher Samuel French) with hundreds of productions on Off-Off Broadway.  The 1975 international success of his Kennedy’s Children led to opportunities to lecture nationwide at schools, colleges and theaters. His novel Temple Slave (1994)  is a highly fictionalized history of Off-Off Broadway’s early days. He now lives in Los Angeles where he frequently performs as a singer.

1:00 pm  PT hour

Paul Outlaw reading The American Dream and the American Negro by James Baldwin

Paul Outlaw,born in New York City’s Bellevue Hospital and raised on the Lower East Side, in the Jacob Riis Projects, on Avenue D, is a Los Angeles-based experimental theater artist and vocalist whose award-winning solo projects have been presented across the United States and in Europe. The central themes of his artistic practice are the constructs of race and sexual identity, and how violence has haunted them throughout Euro-American history. Paul is the recipient of one of the 2012 COLA (City of Los Angeles) Individual Artist Fellowships, which honor artists “who dedicate themselves to an ongoing body of excellent work, represent a relevant progression through their pieces or series, exemplify a generation of core ideas in their field, garner respect from their peers, and serve as role models for other artists.”

 

Mary Ann Cherry reading Morris Kight: Humanist, Liberationist, Fantabulist by Mary Ann Cherry

Mary Ann Cherry has a diverse background in network and syndicated television, the underground LA art scene, and the Wordsmiths Playwriting Workshop at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. Cherry has researched and contributed to multiple independent documentaries. Most recently she created and maintains an archive for AIDS Healthcare Foundation. She enjoys a second career as a specialized yoga therapist. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4546079/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1https://maryanncherrywriter.com/

 

   

L Morgan Lee reading The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor

L Morgan Lee is quickly establishing herself as an actress to keep an eye on. Her performance in the Drama Critics Circle Best Musical Award winner, A Strange Loop garnered her a Lucille Lortel Award Nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical. The musical was also awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, giving L Morgan the distinction of being the first openly trans actor to originate a role in a Pulitzer Prize winning show.  On film, her credits include: The FaeA Black Girl’s Manifesto, and Waystation in the Stars.  In Concert: Riot Song (Joe’s Pub), “Our Lady J: Gospel for the Godless” (NYC, London, Berlin), “Paul McCartney: Driving the USA Tour” (Philadelphia).  L Morgan is dedicated to being a part of new work that gives voice to marginalized groups as well as reimagining the classics. “Live your life and tell your story…truthfully and without fear.”

2:00 pm PT hour

Hugh Ryan- LIVE 2:15 pm PT  reading When Brooklyn Was Queer by Hugh Ryan

Hugh Ryan is a writer and curator. His first book, When Brooklyn Was Queer, won a 2020 New York City Book Award and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice in 2019, and was a finalist for the Randy Shilts and Lambda Awards. His next book explores NYC’s Women’s House of Detention and the queer case for prison abolition. He was honored with the 2020 Allan Berube Prize from the American Historical Association. He is a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars. @Hugh_Ryan

Sophie B. Hawkins reading Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf and performing “Not Beating Around the Bush” by Sophie B. Hawkins

Since her instantaneous 1992 breakthrough with the indelible hit single Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover and her acclaimed debut album Tongues and Tails, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sophie B. Hawkins has proved an enduring artist with a fierce commitment to constantly evolving, while remaining steadfastly true to her artistic integrity, and her own authentic history and decades-long experience. Her smash song As I Lay Me Down was an international hit and held the record for the longest-running single in Billboard history, spending an incredible 67 weeks on the chart, including 6 weeks at #1. Her music has been featured in major television and motion pictures including Dawson’s Creek, Party of Five, Community, The Blacklist, 40 Days and 40 Nights, Mrs. Winterbourne, Bounce, Now and Then, The Associate, and Mr. Wrong, among many others. Sophie has proven herself a resonant and enduring artist with an ardent fan base that spans the globe. As a true renaissance creative, Sophie is an accomplished visual artist, painting original artwork for six of her seven album covers, has written multiple blogs, including a parenting blog for People Magazine, and displayed her versatility starring as Janis Joplin in the musical Room 105, receiving rave theatre reviews during her successful sold-out run. Sophie is currently preparing to release new music from her upcoming seventh album, The Woman with the Sea Dog, is embarking on a tour when the coronavirus pandemic allows, and loving working on completing her original play – which she dubs a “playsical” – hoping to be in production soon. www.sophiebhawkins.com  @TheRealSophieB

3:00 pm PT  hour

Alexis De Veaux -Live- 3:00 pm PT reading Warrior Poet: A Biography of Audre Lorde by Alexis De Veaux

Alexis De Veaux was born and raised in Harlem, the product of two merging streams of black history in New York City immigrants from the Caribbean on her mother’s side and migrants from North Carolina on her father’s side who settled in Harlem in the early decades of the Twentieth Century. The second of eight children, that history was embedded in her mother’s view of life: “You got three strikes against you. You poor, you black, and you female.” But Alexis was drawn to the world of words and books, and literature soon became the means by which she re-imagined the world her mother understood.

The social movements of the 1960s, and the black writers associated with them, had a determining impact. Alexis began to envision the possibilities of living as a writer. In the early 1970s she joined the writer’s workshop of the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center in Harlem. The workshop was run by the late writer Fred Hudson. Under his guidance she won first place in a national black fiction writers’ contest (1972); published her first children’s book, Na-ni (1973); and the fictionalized memoir, Spirits in the Street (1973). By the end of the 1970s, Alexis’s reputation as a writer bridged multiple genres: fiction, children’s literature, playwriting and poetry.

In the ensuing decades, the tensions between the Black Arts Movement, an emerging black feminist movement, and, later, the Third World Gay and Lesbian Liberation Movement, were the backdrop for Alexis’s writing. Her work began to be defined by two critical concerns: making the racial and sexual experiences of black female characters central to her work, and disrupting boundaries between forms. In 1980 she published Don’t Explain, an award-winning biography of jazz great Billie Holiday, written as a prose poem. Her short stories were also exercises in disrupting the lines between poetry and prose. As a freelance writer and contributing editor for Essence Magazine in the 1980s, Alexis penned a number of socially relevant articles, traveling on behalf of the magazine to Zimbabwe, Kenya and Egypt. She was chosen by the magazine to go to South Africa in 1990 to interview Nelson Mandela upon his historic release from prison, making her the first North American writer to do so. As an artist and lecturer she has traveled extensively in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, Japan and Europe. Alexis published a second award-winning children’s book, An Enchanted Hair Tale (1987) before moving to Buffalo, where she finished graduate school, earning a doctorate in American Studies in 1992. A project nearly ten years in the making, her biography of Audre Lorde, Warrior Poet (2004) has been the recipient of several awards, including the Gustavus Meyers Outstanding Book Award (2004), the Lambda Literary Award for Biography (2004), the Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award, Nonfiction (2005). Her work is available in English, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese and Serbo-Croatian.

Today, Alexis is a celebrated writer and activist recognized for her lifelong contributions to a number of women’s and literary organizations. She has collaborated with the visual artist Valerie Maynard and poet Kathy Engel on the digital project, “Are You Now or Have You Ever Been Terrorized?”(available on YouTube); and co-founded with Kathy Engel, Lyrical Democracies ( www.lyricaldemocracies.com), a cultural partnership aimed at communities interested in working with poets to enhance existing social projects.

With her new work, Yabo, Alexis has returned to her first love: writing fiction.

Get Lit Poets -Live- 3:25 pm PT featuring Tyris Winter, Jonah Henry and Jelina Hendrickson performing poetry by C. A. Conrad, Ocean Vuong, and Franny Choi plus their own original pieces.

Jonah Henry is a spoken word performer for the Get Lit Players , and over the upcoming summer is studying poetry with the Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship . He’s the host of a couple of young adult fiction books clubs and a “Still Here” fellow learning queer history and activism. In his adult life, he dreams of a career either as a songwriter, politician, or both. He’s from Los Angeles, California and entering sophomore year at Alexander Hamilton Senior High School, Humanities Magnet.

 

 

 

Born to be an artist, aspires to be a legend. Tyris expresses himself through poetry, drawing and painting. He is the current Learn4life Los Angeles slam champion as well as the L4L overall slam champion. From freshman year to Senior year, Tyris held a continuous 1st place streak at the AV Art Fair. As a sentient being Tyris’ passion is to inspire others to be vulnerable with themselves. For in vulnerability there lies honesty, the seeds to create poetry for healing. She is also featured in the upcoming 2020 film “Summertime”, directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada, who’s first feature film “Blindspotting” (starring Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal) was nominated for the 2018 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, with Estrada nominated by the DGA for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director.

Tyris will be reading a classic poem: “Glitter In My Wounds” by C.A. Conrad and a response poem: “My Brother Calls Me Devil”

Charles Busch – reading his memoirs in-progress, This Never Leaves the Dressing Room by Charles Busch

Charles Busch is the author and star of such plays as The Divine Sister, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, which ran for nearly two years on Broadway and received a Tony nomination for Best Play. He wrote and starred in the film versions of his plays, Psycho Beach Party and Die Mommie Die, the latter of which won him the Best Performance Award at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2003, Mr. Busch received a special Drama Desk Award for career achievement as both performer and playwright.

 

4:00 pm PT hour

Rabbi Denise Eger reading from Mishkan Ga’avah: Where Pride Dwells: A Celebration of LGBTQ  Jewish Life and Ritual edited by Rabbi Denise L. Eger

 

Rabbi Denise L. Eger is an international Jewish leader and social justice activist.  She is the founding rabbi of Congregation Kol Ami, in West Hollywood, CA.  She is  Past President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the international organization of over 2300 Reform Rabbis. She served as the first openly gay or lesbian person in that position.  She also was the first woman ever elected as President of the Southern California Board of Rabbis which includes Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist and Orthodox Rabbis. Rabbi Eger is the editor of the ground breaking book, Mishkan Ga’avah: Where Pride Dwells: A Celebration of LGBTQ Jewish Life and Ritual (CCAR PRESS, 2020). This  collection of LGBTQ prayers,  poems, liturgy, and rituals is both a spiritual resource and a celebratory affirmation of Jewish diversity. Giving voice to the private and public sectors of queer Jewish experience and allies  Mishkan Ga’avah is also a commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of both the Stonewall Riots and the first pride march, reflecting the longtime advocacy of the Reform Movement for full LGBTQ inclusion.
Rabbi Eger is also the co-editor of the recently published Gender and Religious Leadership: Woman Rabbis Pastors and Ministers (Rowman and Littlfield, 2019). This volume analyzes historical and recent developments in female religious leadership and the larger issues shaping the scholarly debate at the intersection of gender and religious studies.
Eger was named as one of the 50 most influential Jews by the Jewish Daily Forward in 2008 and one of the 50 most influential women rabbis in 2010. In October 2011 Rabbi Eger was one of the Gay Icons of Equality Forum’s LGBT History Month.  Huffington Post named her as the #1 LGBT Clergy Person in America. Most recently recognized for her activism by the City of Los Angeles as a trailblazer, she has won numerous awards for her leadership from the Human Rights Campaign, the City of West Hollywood, the California State Senate and State Assembly.

Robin Tyler reading When We Were Outlaws by Jeanne Cordova

Robin Tyler was born Arlene Chernick (yes, Jewish) in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. At age 16, Robin found out she was a lesbian and came out immediately.  She moved to the United States in 1962, where, while attending a drag ball, was arrested for ‘female impersonation.’ So, she became a female impersonator at the 82 CLUB in New York belting out songs, imitating Judy Garland.  She met Pat Harrison, a high fashion model in 1963 and they become lovers.  Robin left the 82 club and still was a singer.  But she and Pat became a female comedy team and moved to Los Angeles.  After taking a show through the USO to Vietnam, they came back and started doing anti-war political comedy.  They recorded 2 albums. In 1974, ABC signed them (they told Fred Silverman, the head of ABC that they were lesbians and insisted ABC take the morals clause out of their contract, which he did, for the first time ever) to star in their own show. (ABC tried making them into the next Laverne and Shirley, rather then show them as political, progressive comics!)  They did several pilots and starred in the Krofft Comedy Hour. But the National news showed Robin doing Anita Bryant jokes and called her an ‘avowed’ lesbian. So their contract was not picked up.  But Harrison and Tyler made history and became feminist icons because they were the first women to do political as well as feminist comedy, and to made women the subject, not the object of humor.
In 1979 comic Robin Tyler became the first out lesbian/gay on U.S. national television, appearing on a Showtime comedy special hosted by Phyllis Diller. The same year she released her comedy album, Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Groom, the first comedy album by an out lesbian. It is now in the Smithsonian Museum as the first ‘out’ LGBT comedy album. Robin was the first to call for the 1979 March, and was the main stage producer of the 1979, 1987, & 1993 Marches on Washington for LGBT rights. Robin produced the first international LGBT comedy Festival in Sydney Australia in the early 1990’s. In 2000, she was the co-founder and national rally coordinator for ‘StopdrLaura,’ a successful campaign against Laura Schlesinger, a radio personality who called LGBT people ‘biological errors.’        Robin was also the first North American speaker to address major LGBT rallies in England, Canada, France, Mexico, and South Africa. In the 1980’s she performed at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London, England. She performed her comedy show in Moscow in 1990, at the first LGBT international conference in Russia.Robin produced 25 Women’s Music and Comedy Festivals, 15 in California and 9 in Georgia that were trans inclusive. She then formed a Five Star International Tour and Cruise company for lesbians and she and her partner Diane Olson travelled the world. Robin & Diane were the first lesbian plaintiffs to sue in the state of California challenging the state’s ban on same sex marriage, ‘Tyler V State of California.’  (2004-2008). After the win, and as a thank you, she and her partner Diane Olson were the first to receive their marriage license and were the only couple allowed to marry in Los Angeles County the night it became legal, June 16, 2008 @ 5 PM. Robin lived with and loved Pat Harrison for 55 years and was married to Diane 26 years, 10 of them legally.  Both passed away within 11 months of each other.
She is currently, at age 78, performing, in theatre and concerts, her one-woman comedy show, ‘Always A Bridesmaid, Never A Groom.’  At present, she is isolating at home in Los Angeles with her adopted 3  year old pug, Oscar Wilde.

Justin Sayre reading The Ballad of Miriam Blotch by Justin Sayre

Justin Sayre, praised for their “deeply passionate soul and acerbic wit” by The New York Times, is a writer and performer who Michael Musto called, “Oscar Wilde meets Whoopi Goldberg.” They have been hailed as one the “Funniest People in Brooklyn” by Brooklyn Magazine and among “LA’s 16 Most Talented LGBT Comics” by Frontiers MagazineMean, the third in his trilogy of young adult novels from Penguin Books, was released in 2019. Sayre’s works for the theatre has been seen at LaMaMa, The Wild Project, Ars Nova, and more. Sayre’s Ravenswood Manor was recently produced at LA’s Celebration Theater and hailed as “a sharply written and well-acted exemplar of the horror-comedy genre” by The Los Angeles Times.  Sayre also writes for television, working with Michael Patrick King on his hit CBS comedy “2 Broke Girls” and for Fox’s “The Cool Kids.” Sayre also appeared on HBO’s “The Comeback” with Lisa Kudrow.

Jessica Stern reading Our Right to Love: A Lesbian Resource Book by Rita Mae Brown

Jessica Stern, Executive Director of OutRight Action International, specializes in gender, sexuality and human rights globally. At OutRight, she has supported the legal registration of LGBTIQ organizations globally, helped secure the mandate of the United Nations Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, and co-founded the UN LGBTI Core Group. She has provided expert opinions to governments globally, regional human rights institutions, and UN mechanisms, including UNWomen where she serves as a member of various expert bodies. Her writing has been cited by the Indian Supreme Court in its seminal judgment decriminalizing same-sex relations and featured in The Oxford Handbook of Women, Peace and Security (2019). She is frequently quoted by the media, including by The New York Times and The Guardian. She is an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs.

5:00 pm PT hour

Dr. Bonnie Morris reading from Sappho’s Overhead Projector by Dr. Bonnie Morris

Bonnie J. Morris is a women’s history lecturer at the University of California-Berkeley and a nationally recognized expert on the role of  women’s music in lesbian culture. The author of sixteen books, she has devoted more than thirty years to documenting the women’s music movement, first publishing Eden Built By Eves, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and more recently The Disappearing L and The Feminist Revolution.  Her research on women’s music, Olivia Records, and American lesbian culture will one day be housed at the Radcliffe Institute’s Schlesinger Library. During the past three years Dr. Morris won a D.C. Arts and Humanities grant and a writing residency in Wales; organized the first-ever exhibit on the women’s music movement at the Library of Congress; arranged for Olivia albums to be part of the Smithsonian; received the Ruth Rowan Believer Award from the National Women’s Music Festival; and accepted the exciting role as Olivia Records’ official historian and archivist. Dr. Morris has been a featured speaker at conferences and museums throughout the country and continues to profile women’s music history for the Smithsonian. As a lesbian author, she also published the time travel novel Sappho’s Bar and Grill for Bywater Books, which was a Finalist for the Foreword national award in LGBT fiction and in 2018 won the Devil’s Kitchen award from Southern Illinois University.  Bywater recently published the sequel, Sappho’s Overhead Projector.  Coming soon: a history of women’s sports.

Alfre Woodard 5:30 pm PT reading The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin. Excerpts of The Fire Next Time were selected and compiled for Ms. Woodard by Mr. Melvin Rogers, Associate Professor of Political Science at Brown University

Alfre Woodard

From her Wikipedia page:

Alfre Woodard (/ˈælfri ˈwʊdərd/; born November 8, 1952) is an American actress, producer, and political activist. She has been named one of the most versatile and accomplished actors of her generation.She has been nominated once for an Academy Award and Grammy Award and 18 times for an Emmy Award (winning four) and has also won a Golden Globe Award and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Woodard began her acting career in theater. After her breakthrough role in the Off-Broadway play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf (1977), she made her film debut in Remember My Name (1978). In 1983, she won major critical praise and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Cross Creek.[2] In the same year, Woodard won her first Primetime Emmy Award for her performance in the NBC drama series Hill Street Blues. Later in the 1980s, Woodard had leading Emmy Award-nominated performances in a number of made for television movies, and another Emmy-winning role as a woman dying of leukemia in the pilot episode of L.A. Law. She also starred as Dr. Roxanne Turner in the NBC medical drama St. Elsewhere, for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 1986, and for Guest Actress in 1988.

In the 1990s, Woodard starred in films such as Grand Canyon (1991), Heart and Souls (1993), Crooklyn (1994), How to Make an American Quilt (1995), Primal Fear (1996) and Star Trek: First Contact (1996). She also drew critical praise for her performances in the independent dramas Passion Fish (1992), for which she won an Independent Spirit Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress, as well as Down in the Delta (1998). For her lead role in the HBO film Miss Evers’ Boys (1997), Woodard won Golden Globe, Emmy, Screen Actors Guild, and several other awards. In later years, she has appeared in several blockbusters, like K-PAX (2001), The Core (2003), and The Forgotten (2004), starred in independent films, and won her fourth Emmy Award for The Practice in 2003. From 2005 to 2006, Woodard starred as Betty Applewhite in the ABC comedy-drama series Desperate Housewives, and later starred in several short-lived series. She appeared in the films The Family That Preys (2008), 12 Years a Slave (2013), Annabelle (2014), and Juanita (2019), and has also worked as a political activist and producer. In 2019, she received critical acclaim for her performance in the drama film Clemency. Woodard is a founder of Artists for a New South Africa, an organization devoted to advancing democracy and equality in that country. She is a board member of AMPAS.

Anthony Wayne- reading Men of the House: A B-Boy Blues Novel by James Earl Hardy

Anthony Wayne has received critical acclaim for creating & portraying the 1970’s Disco Legend SYLVESTER in “MIGHTY REAL: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical”. Over the past year, he completed a run in the Original Broadway company of “TOOTSIE-The Musical” and, also, a SOLD OUT run as RICHIE in “A Chorus Line” at New York City Center. With is producing partner, Kendrell Bowman, they make up the team ANTHONYKEN, LLC which specialized in bringing community issues and social awareness to the forefront through Performing Arts and Media. In addition to MIGHTY REAL, they have created and executive produced shows such as “A SOULFUL CHRISTMAS”, “An Evening with Phyllis Hyman” & “Kings & Queens of Soul: A Tribute To Our Reigning Divas”. The mission of all their shows is to inspire and encourage all to be multifaceted individuals through any adversity. Mr. Wayne has appeared on Broadway in other shows as well including the Tony Award-winning revivals of “Once On This Island”, “PIPPIN”, “Anything Goes” and “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”. Around the world, he has appeared in “A Chorus Line”, “The Color Purple”, and “FAME – The Musical”.  Mr. Wayne was featured as one of OUT magazine’s “Out 100” and is the Founder of a new and exciting Non-Profit Organization entitled “BLACK BROADWAY MEN”. For more information, Please visit Mr. Wayne online at www.MRAWAYNE.com  & follow @MrAWayne. For all show information, go to www.ANTHONYKEN.com & follow @ANTHONYKENLLC.

6:00 pm PT hour

Jericho Brown and Grace Cavalieri 6:15 pm PT reading Jericho Brown’s 2020 Pulitzer Prize winning poem The Tradition

From his website:

Jericho Brown is author of the The Tradition (Copper Canyon 2019), for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and he is the winner of the Whiting Award. Brown’s first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award. His second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. His third collection, The Tradition won the Paterson Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His poems have appeared in The Bennington Review, Buzzfeed, Fence, jubilat, The New Republic, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, TIME magazine, and several volumes of The Best American Poetry. He is the director of the Creative Writing Program and a professor at Emory University.

From her website:

Grace Cavalieri is the author of 21 books and chapbooks of poetry, the latest are Showboat (Goss Publishing, 2019;), Other Voices, Other Lives (ASP, 2017;) and a Memoir; Life Upon The Wicked Stage (Nerw Academia/Scarity, 2015.) The Man Who Got Away (new academia/scarith (2014:) The Mandate of Heaven (Bordighera Press 2014:) and (from Casa Menendez Press) Gotta Go Now (2012;) Millie’s Sunshine Tiki Villas (2011;) Sounds Like Something I Would Say (2010;) Also, The Poet’s Cookbook, in English & Italian (Bordighera Press, 2009;) The Poet’s Cookbook, in English & German; (Goethe-Institut;) Anna Nicole: Poems (Goss:183 Casa Menendez, 2008,) Water on the Sun (Bordighera Press, 2006,) What I Would Do For Love (Jacaranda Press, 2003,) Cuffed Frays (Argonne House Press, 2001,) Sit Down Says Love (Argonne House Press, 1999). Pinecrest Rest Haven (The Word Works,1998.) She’s also written texts and lyrics performed for opera, television and film. A recent publication is an Italian translation of What I Would Do For Love: Poems in the Voice of Mary Wollstonecraft, 1759-1797. It’s titled, Cosa Farei Per Amore, and was translated by Sabine Pascarelli (2013.)

Sheri Lunn reading The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith

Sheri Lunn is the City of West Hollywood’s Public Information Officer. She has extensive experience in marketing, public relations, and communications, as well as nonprofit fundraising and board development. Over her more than 30-year marketing career, she has been recognized for her accomplishments with nominations and/or wins from multiple professional organizations, including the Public Relations Society of America, Graphic Design USA, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Emmy), and the City County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA). For more than 25 years, Sheri has dedicated her career to working for organizations dedicated to social justice, equality, and healthcare with the goal of creating positive change for as many people as possible – including at the LA LGBT Center, AIDS LifeCycle, the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, The Trevor Project, March of Dimes, and Ability First.  She is an award-winning broadcast journalist and has served on the board of directors of multiple organizations. Her undergraduate degrees are in Broadcast Journalism and American Sign Language Interpreting, and her Master’s Degree is in Leadership & Management. Sheri also serves as an elected councilmember for the City of Los Angeles Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council where you can often find her walking around the neighborhood meeting constituents with her 5-lb rescue Chihuahua, Buddy.  https://www.linkedin.com/in/sherilunn/ @SheriLunn

Renee MacKenzie reading Kai’s Heart by Renee MacKenzie

Renee MacKenzie is a writer of love stories. Some are contemporary, some dystopian, but all are about love. Her contemporary romance, Pausing, was a Goldie finalist in 2018. Renee has nine novels published with Affinity Rainbow Publications. She is currently working on a thriller set in SW Florida, as well as a series set in Asheville, centering around TreeRock Social, the cider taproom she co-owns with five other women. She is an avid nature photographer, pickleball enthusiast, and lover of animals, especially her beloved poodle, Sabrina.

 

7:00 pm PT hour

Jason Jenn –performing historic LGBTQ love poetry from Let Love Flourish!

Jason Jenn is an interdisciplinary multimedia artist, creating works as performer, writer, visual artist, director, producer, designer, and video editor.  His work is about striving for balance; exploring a diversity of topics with enticing surfaces while developing fascinating depth. He often reexamines familiar archetypes and themes of universal interest with a fresh, unusual, and/or revelatory perspective. They aim to conceptually engage the mind and sensitively touch the heart, often mixing humor with tragedy, and are frequently infused with sociopolitical and/or queer empowered themes. For more, please visit JasonJenn.com and follow @jasonjennartist on IG and Facebook.

Kathleen Battles reading Pandemics and its Metaphors: Sontag Revisited in the Covid-19 Era by David Craig

Kathleen Battles is a Professor in the Department of Communication, Journalism, and Public Relations at Oakland University in Michigan. She specializes in media history and the relationship between sexuality and media. She is the author (with Wendy Hilton-Morrow) of Sexual Identities and Media: An Introduction (Routledge 2015). She is also co-chair (with Nora Patterson) of the Gender and Sexuality Caucus of the Radio Preservation Task Force, a national project aimed at preserving US radio sound history.

 

Emma’s Revolution reading Always, Rachel: The Letters of Rachel Carson and Dorothy Freeman, 1952-1964  by Rachel Carson and Dorothy Freeman Edited by Martha E. Freeman

From their website:

Emma’s Revolution is the dynamic, award-winning activist duo of Pat Humphries & Sandy O, whose songs have been sung for the Dalai Lama, praised by Pete Seeger, and covered by Holly Near. With beautiful harmonies and genre-defying eclecticism, Emma’s Revolution delivers the energy and strength of their convictions, in an uprising of truth and hope for these tumultuous times. “The powers that be can control the media but it’s hard to stop a good song… Pat’s songs will be sung well into the 22nd century.” — Pete Seeger (All Things Considered, NPR) Emma’s Revolution has shared the stage with Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Rev Jesse Jackson, Amy Goodman, Indigo Girls, Joan Baez, Rev William Barber and Bill McKibben and has performed at concerts, justice events and mass demonstrations across the country, including the #FamiliesBelongTogether Day of Action in San Francisco, Women’s March Oakland and the Poor People’s Campaign National Demonstration in Washington DC.

8:00 pm PT hour

Roger Q. Mason – Live 8:00 pm PT performing Age Sex Location by Roger Q. Mason

Roger Q. Mason is an award-winning writer, performer and educator whose work spans theatre, television, film, and public thought. As a writer, Mason’s playwriting has been seen on Broadway at Circle in the Square (Circle Reading Series); Off/Off-Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop, New Group, American Theatre of Actors, Flea Theatre, and Access Theater; and regionally at McCarter Theatre, Victory Gardens, Chicago Dramatists, Steep Theatre, Serenbe Playhouse, EST/LA, Son of Semele, and Skylight Theatre. He’s the recipient of the Chuck Rowland Pioneer Award, the Hollywood Fringe Festival Encore Producers Award, and a finalist for the Lark Playwright’s Week and the Screencraft Play Award. His films have screened at Outshine Film Festival and the Pan African Film Festival. They’ve been recognized by the AT&T Film Award and the Atlanta International Film Festival.
Mason’s virtual media content includes “Nadine”, which premiered in 2020 by legend Wayne Brady as part of 24 Hour Plays’ Viral Monologues. This piece was subsequently performed by influencers and aspirants alive, resulting in over 20K views online. His other virtual work has been featured on Theatre without Theatre, Contagious Closet Plays, and Solos in Solidarity.
A frequent podcast guest, Mason has appeared on American Theatre Magazines’ The Subtext”, La Lista, Q&A with Ianne Fields Stewart and more. He’s developing his own podcast now centering on the professional journeys of queer people building lives for themselves in our changing gig economy.
As a public educator, Mason has given workshops and lectures on the art of writing at Columbia University, Pace University, Brooklyn College, University of Southern California, Princeton University, and Pomona College. He continues to coach professional writers and writers to be as a private coach and consultant.

James Gavin reading One Christmas by Truman Capote

Biographer and music journalist James Gavin is the author of four acclaimed books and countless features in the New York Times, Vanity Fair, JazzTimes and elsewhere. Gavin’s Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne was chosen as one of Oprah Winfrey’s Top 25 Summer Reads of 2009. The Times called Is That All There Is?: The Strange Life of Peggy Lee “fascinating, suspenseful, musically detailed and insightful.” The Hollywood Reporter proclaimed Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker “a landmark in entertainment biography.” Gavin’s debut, Intimate Nights: The Golden Age of New York Cabaret, won a column-long rave from Liz Smith (“a treasure trove … a real beat of the heart of New York”). A Grammy nominee (for the liner notes of Ella Fitzgerald – The Legendary Decca Recordings) and a two-time winner of ASCAP’s Deems Taylor-Virgil Thomson Award for excellence in music journalism, Gavin is now completing a biography of George Michael.

Neish McLean reading Crossfire by Staceyann Chin

Neish McLean is the Caribbean Program Officer at OutRight Action International, based in Jamaica. Neish is a co-founder of TransWave Jamaica, Jamaica’s first and only organization solely dedicated to advocacy for trans people. Neish also serves as technical advisor to the United Caribbean Trans Network (UCTRANS and previously served as the Vice-Chair of the network. Neish has extensive experience in delivering human rights workshops and trainings throughout the Caribbean and beyond. Neish holds a BSc in Psychology which helps in their work as a human rights defender while using their lived reality as a trans masculine person to inform their advocacy. Neish also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Sports Management. Neish is a sports and fitness enthusiast.

9:00 pm PT hour

MJ Brown / Miss Barbie-Q – Live 9:00 pm PT reading from Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

They have been in the entertainment for over two decades and identifies as a Trans Femme Non Binary Gender Nonconformist, bringing more visibility through theatre, film, television and other mediums. They have done two solo shows have worked with the Hollywood Fringe Festival as well. They have worked with artists such as Lady Gaga, Alexandra Billings, Rain Valdez, Taylor Mac, Rayelle, Busdriver, Tokio Motel, Jackie Beat, Jinx Monsoon, Raja, Tammie Brown, Zackary Drucker and Austin Young, They have been a panelist for event such as the Outfest Trans Summit, Trans Pride, This Way Out and Wesrtern Arts Alliance. They are on the board for LA LGBT Arts Alliance and Gender Justice LA. They have hosted many events with companies such as the The Mill, ONE Archives, Gay Freedom Band, Meals on Wheels, AIDS LifeCycle, DTLA Proud Festl and Grand Park’s Proud Stories. They just recently joined Drag Queen Storytime doing stories at libraries around Los Angeles and the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles with a successful commercial holiday campaign with Pantene and GLAAD.

Steven Reigns reading Ceremonies by Essex Hemphill

Steven Reigns is a Los Angeles-based poet and educator and was appointed the first Poet Laureate of West Hollywood. Alongside over a dozen chapbooks, he has published the collections Inheritance and Your Dead Body is My Welcome Mat. Reigns holds a BA in Creative Writing, a Master of Clinical Psychology, and is a sixteen-time recipient of The Los Angeles County’s Department of Cultural Affairs’ Artist in Residency Grant. He edited My Life is Poetry, showcasing his students’ work from the first-ever autobiographical poetry workshop for LGBT seniors. Reigns has lectured and taught writing workshops around the country to LGBT youth and people living with HIV. Currently he is touring The Gay Rub, an exhibition of rubbings from LGBT landmarks, facilitates the monthly Lambda Lit Book Club, and is at work on a new collection of poetry. www.stevenreigns.com

Don Kilhefner reading The Radical Faeries at 40: Rainbow Capitalism or Queer Liberation by Don Kilhefner

Don Kilhefner, Ph.D., 82, has spent over 50 continuous years as a community organizer in Los Angeles and nationally.  He is a pioneer Gay Liberationist, co-founder (with Morris Kight) of the LA LGBT Center (world’s largest), the Van Ness Recovery House  (the first for gay people) and co-founder (with Harry Hay) of the Radical Faeries.  Don’s also a Jungian Depth Psychologist and shamanic healer.

 

Hour 10:00pm – midnight

LA THEATRE WORKS 2 hour radio drama “8” by Dustin Lance Black.