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ReadOUT 2024: Poetry and Memoir Panel

February 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Poets and authors Jillan Abby, Tyler Gillespie, and Lauren Eve discuss their work in this panel. Jillian Abby’s debut memoir, Perfectly Queer, was selected as a global contest winner by Hay House Publishing and released worldwide for Lesbian Visibility Week in 2023. Perfectly Queer hit #1 on Amazon’s list of New Releases for LGBTQ Biographies and Memoirs, was featured by Good Morning America on their list of 2023 spring reading recommendations, and won Creative Loafing’s 2023 Best Book by a Local Author in her hometown of Tampa Bay. Tyler Gillespie is an award-winning educator and writer whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, GQ, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Playboy, and elsewhere. He’s the author of the nonfiction collection The Thing about Florida: Exploring a Misunderstood State (University Press of Florida, 2021) and two poetry collections Florida Man: Poems (Red Flag Poetry, 2018) and t,he nature machine! (Autofocus, 2023). Lauren Eve is a British writer who released her first two volumes of poetry in 2023. She always has several projects on the go and will be debuting her first novel this year, an age gap sapphic romance.

Admission is $10 for both days with reduced and free admission available. Parking is available onsite and on the street. Meals are not provided as part of the festival but food options are available to purchase onsite and at nearby restaurants. Onsite book sales and author signings will occur both days.

The LGBTQ Resource Center of Gulfport presents the seventh annual ReadOUT LGBTQ Literature Festival on February 16-18, 2024. The LGBTQ Resource Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that is committed to promoting the awareness of the experiences, contributions, and needs of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer.

Funding is provided in part through a Florida Humanities Book Festival Grant with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and in partnership with the LGBTQ Resource Center of Gulfport. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Event Details

Event Date/time:

February 17 @ 3:00 pm -
February 17 @ 4:00 pm


Presenter Information:
Jillan Abby, Author Tyler Gillespie, Author and Poet Lauren Eve, Poet
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Event Contact:

Todd Wellman
(727) 537-0837

Event Venue:

Artists of Elements
4746 22nd Ave S.
St. Petersburg, Florida 33711
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Venue Phone:
(727) 537-0837

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