Blantantly copied and pasted straight from the Arkansas Times from their listings for Saturday, April 14:
Queer for You (Cox Creative Center, 3rd floor, 4 p.m.). Poets Bryan Borland (“My Life as Adam”), Nickole Brown (“Sister”) and Ed Madden (“Prodigal Variations”) will talk about building readership for work that addresses LGBTQ life. Borland, from Alexander, is editor of Assaracus, a quarterly journal of gay poetry; Nickole Brown, at one time an editorial assistant to Hunter S. Thompson, teaches at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock; and Ed Madden, an Arkansas native, is associate professor of English at the University of South Carolina.
Magazine (Oxford American, 5:30 p.m.). The editors of three of the most well-regarded — and read — literary magazines gather to give a behind-the-scenes peek into the process of assembling their publications. With Marc Smirnoff of the Oxford American, Heidi Julavits of The Believer and Marco Roth of n+1. Of added interest, n+1 has been critical of The Believer and McSweeney’s, the company that publishes The Believer, so mannered sparks may fly. Perhaps more compelling, the Oxford American will be serving free cocktails during the panel and afterwards at a reception that lasts until 7:30 p.m.
Pub or Perish (Lulav: A Modern Eatery, 7 p.m.). David Koon, the Arkansas Times’ own Mark Twain, once again wraps up Saturday night’s festivities by handing the mike to local greats, who’ll read before an audience prone to tears and laughter thanks to ongoing lubrication from the bar.
For more on these and other readings and panels, visit the Arkansas Lit Fest website.
This is a first for me,
the de-icing of the plane,
melting the stoicism
of being away from you.
For three days, I was a business
man. I thought of you,
but the gears turned for hours,
the pistons of introduction,
the pivot of compliment,
Jensen, Hennessy, Klein,
the poets of this machine.
Even my nostrils froze in Chicago,
dizzying my head
with a cold you gave me,
so that even when you weren’t on my mind,
Missouri between us stole my breath
and would not give it back.
© Bryan Borland
Discussion on Poetry, Publishing, and Marketing
Saturday February 11
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Main Library – River Market
Little Rock, Arkansas
Ekphrastic Poetry Slam (Guest Judge)
Saturday, February 25
Arkansas Arts Center
501 E. Ninth St., Little Rock, Arkansas
Collective Brightness: Religion through Poetry
Sunday, February 26
10:00 AM – Room 222
First United Methodist Church – The Forum
March 1 – March 3
Assaracus: A Celebration of Gay Poetry
Friday, March 23
CLAGS: The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York
Rainbow Book Fair
Saturday, March 24
11 AM – 5:30 PM
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
208 West 13th Street
New York, New York
LGBT Panel with Nickole Brown and Ed Madden
Arkansas Literary Festival
Saturday, April 14
Time & Location TBD
Sibling Rivalry Press Showcase
Saturday, April 28
215 Sycamore Street
“The Arkansas Literary Festival, the premier gathering of readers and writers in Arkansas, has expanded to include over 90 authors in many locations on both sides of the river from April 12-15, 2012. The Central Arkansas Library System’s Main Library campus, other venues in the River Markets and Argenta Arts districts are the sites for a stimulating mix of sessions, panels, special events, performances, workshops, presentations, opportunities to meet the authors, book sales, and book signings. Most events are free and open to the public.”
I’ll be part of an LGBT panel along with Nickole Brown and Ed Madden. Thanks to the Stonewall Democratic Caucus of Arkansas for sponsoring us.
Check out the full author/participant list here: