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ReadOUT 2024: New Adult Panel

Artists of Elements 4746 22nd Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

Authors Ana Hartnett and Kristen Zimmer discuss their works of new adult fiction in this author panel. Ana Hartnett is an award-winning author of Sapphic romance with Bold Strokes Books. She lives in Atlanta where she heroically fights her writer's block with long walks through the neighborhood and local brews. She is currently writing her seventh novel. Kristen Zimmer is the international best-selling author of new adult sapphic fiction titles

ReadOUT 2024: Romance Panel III

Artists of Elements 4746 22nd Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

Authors Sander Santiago, Tagan Shepard, Morgan Lee Miller, and Luc Dreamer discuss their works of romance fiction in this author panel. Sander Santiago is a Queer-Trans BIPOC writer bringing LGBTQ+ narratives to the literary world. In addition to his debut book, Best of the Wrong Reasons, Sander is a published poet and academic. Having completed a Master's of Science degree from Purdue University in 2017, he is featured in several

ReadOUT 2024: Fantasy Panel

Artists of Elements 4746 22nd Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

Authors Barbara Ann Wright and David Slayton discuss their works of fantasy fiction in this author conversation. Barbara Ann Wright writes fantasy and science fiction novels starring LGBTQIA characters. She's won six Rainbow Awards, two Golden Crown Literary Awards, and has been shortlisted in the Foreword Review Book of the Year Awards, and the Lambda Awards. She's also made must-read lists on Tor.com, BookRiot and Syfy.com. Her newest book, Haunted

ReadOUT 2024: Romance Panel II

Artists of Elements 4746 22nd Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

Authors Melissa Brayden, Georgia Beers, and Kat Jackson discuss their works of romance fiction. Melissa Brayden is the multiple award-winning author of twenty-three contemporary romance novels-and she's enjoying the ride. Melissa is a dedicated storyteller on both the page and stage with a Master's Degree in theatrical directing and past studies with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon as well as Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. Georgia Beers

ReadOUT 2024: Mystery Panel

Artists of Elements 4746 22nd Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

Authors Becky Bohan, Carolyn Elizabeth, and Sheree L. Greer discuss their works in this mystery fiction panel. Becky Bohan (she/her) is the author of the 2020 award-winning novel, A Light on Altered Land. Her 2022 novel, The Santorini Setup, has won a Royal Palm Literary Award and Global Book Award. Carolyn Elizabeth (often confused for K. Aten) is a Goldie Award winning author of sapphic stories where serious camp meets

ReadOUT 2024: Poetry and Memoir Panel

Artists of Elements 4746 22nd Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

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

ReadOUT 2024: Fiction Panel

Artists of Elements 4746 22nd Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

Authors Kristen Arnett, Jeffrey Dale, and José Iriarte discuss their works in this panel. Kristen Arnett is the queer author of With Teeth: A Novel (Riverhead Books, 2021) which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in fiction and the New York Times bestselling debut novel Mostly Dead Things (Tin House, 2019) which was also a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in fiction and was shortlisted for the

ReadOUT 2024: Horror and Paranormal Panel

Artists of Elements 4746 22nd Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

Authors Kayla Upadhyaya, Cathy Pegau, and Elle Ire discuss their works of horror and paranormal literature. Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya is a lesbian writer of essays, short stories, and pop culture criticism living in Orlando. She is the author of Helen House, a queer horror novelette. She is the managing editor of Autostraddle and the assistant managing editor at TriQuarterly. Cathy Pegau (she/her) is an award-winning author who dabbles in a

ReadOUT 2024: Keynote Program with Lynn Ames

Artists of Elements 4746 22nd Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

ReadOUT 2024 presents a keynote lecture with award-winning author Lynn Ames. Lynn has penned 16 genre bestsellers. Her biography of the greatest catcher ever to play women's softball, Out at the Plate: The Dot Wilkinson Story, was released in October 2023. She is a six-time Goldie Award winner, winner of the Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award, a two-time Lammy Award finalist, a Foreword Indies Book of the Year finalist, and

ReadOUT 2024: Romance Panel

Artists of Elements 4746 22nd Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

Romance authors and readers Macon Leigh, JJ Arias, Melina McKay, Nan Campbell, and Stephanie Shea discuss their works. Macon Leigh is a romance evangelist, writer, co-host of Strictly Sapphic, and person who is usually reading. She lives in Arkansas where she runs a summer camp when she isn't reading, writing, or playing outside. JJ Arias, an Amazon best-selling author and proud Cuban-American from Miami, infuses her narratives with the vibrancy of

ReadOUT 2024: Young Adult Panel

Artists of Elements 4746 22nd Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

Young adult authors David Berger, Maria Ingrande Mora, Ginny Myers Sain, and Kate Castle discuss their works of young adult literature. By day, David Berger works as a mild-mannered English teacher and role model, but by night he's a fantasy author creating new worlds with relatable, authentic heroes based in modern myth. Maria Ingrande Mora (they/she) is an author whose Young Adult debut novel, Fragile Remedy, was selected as Junior

ReadOUT 2024: LGBTQ Literature that Educates, Celebrates, and Inspires

Artists of Elements 4746 22nd Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

The LGBTQ Resource Center in Gulfport presents "ReadOUT 2024, LGBTQ Literature that Educates, Celebrates, and Inspires." Now in its seventh year, the festival offers onsite workshops that focuses on LGBTQ and BIPOC stories, live author panels on genres from romance to sci-fi and prerecorded readings, and a keynote discussion with multiple award-winning author Lynn Ames. Additional participating authors include JJ Arias, Macon Leigh, Elle Ire, Kristen Zimmer, Virginia Black, Kat

ReadOUT 2024: Sci-Fi Panel

Artists of Elements 4746 22nd Ave S., St. Petersburg, Florida

Authors K. Aten, Virginia Black, and SW Andersen participate in a panel discussion all about their sci-fi fiction. Award-winning author and Michigan native, K. Aten brings heroines to life in a variety of blended LGBTQ fiction genres. She specializes in romantic speculative fiction, focusing on extra-ordinary women who are as flawed as they are compelling. Kelly published her 15th novel in 2023 with Flashpoint Publications. Virginia Black (she/her) likes strong

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