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ReadOut 2020: Why Our Stories Matter
ReadOut 2020 Lesbian Literary Event Explores “Why Our Stories Matter” Tampa Author Sheree L. Greer to Keynote and Lead Writer’s Workshop.
If you missed the first two ReadOuts, another chance to attend this unique festival of lesbian literature comes again Friday, January 31st – Sunday, February 2nd, at the Gulfport Library, in Gulfport. This year, ReadOut is bigger than ever, with 23 featured authors scheduled to read from their works and engage with an audience of readers and writers.
Acclaimed author, and Tampa resident, Sheree L. Greer will deliver the keynote “Why Our Stories Matter.” Among her many achievements, Greer, who teaches writing at St. Petersburg College, is the author of two novels, Let the Lover Be (a Rainbow Award Finalist) and A Return to Arms. She also penned a short story collection, Once and Future Lovers. Greer’s work has been featured in literary journals, magazines, and anthologies, and her most recent work, “Bars,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Greer is a Yaddo and Ragdale Rubin Fellow and an Astraea Lesbian Foundation grantee.
When asked about her hopes and goals for the weekend, Greer shared, “My biggest hope is that we see a really diverse collection of writers and readers come out. I’m hoping to see a really inclusive weekend where we create space and hold space for each other’s stories.”
Addressing the subject of “Why Our Stories Matter,” Greer offered, “If I could put it in a tag line, I’d say ‘Queer people do more than Pride parades.’ You know, we get coverage that one day of the year when we fill the street, but we also do a lot of important things that contribute to the community. We are every facet of the community. We are in every industry, working alongside you, everyday, and we do more than just fill up the streets in parades. This is a chance to see another side of our talents and our strengths that we bring to the community.”
This event is funded by a Florida Humanities Community Project Grant, in partnership with Gulfport Public Library.
Date/time: February 1, 2020 @ 10:30 am
Presented By:Sheree L. Greer