Saints and Sinners Literary Festival
The Saints and Sinners Literary Festival was founded in 2003 as a new initiative designed as an innovative way to reach the community with information about HIV/AIDS, particularly disseminating prevention messages via the writers, thinkers and spokespeople of the LGBT community. It was also formed to bring the LGBT literary community together to celebrate the literary arts.
The Festival has grown into an internationally-recognized event that brings together a who’s who of LGBT publishers, writers and readers from throughout the United States and beyond. The Festival, held over 3 days features diverse panel discussions and master classes around literary topics that provide a forum for authors, editors and publishers to talk about their work for the benefit of emerging writers and the enjoyment of fans of LGBT literature.
The 2018 event includes noted speakers such as:
Jericho Brown, author of Please and The New Testament
Jaffe Cohen, one of the first openly gay stand-up comedians on national television & screenwriter for Feud
Elana Dykewomon, author of eight books foregrounding lesbian heroism
Jewelle Gomez, author of The Gilda Stories, activist, and playwright
Greg Herren, author of over thirty novels and 50 short stories
Andrew Holleran, author of three novels & a contributor to the Gay and Lesbian Review
Martin Hyatt, author of A Scarecrow’s Bible and Beautiful Gravity
...and many more! For a full lineup of speakers and their accolades, see the event’s official website here.
Tickets for the weekend cost $150 and include a welcome reception, panel discussions, reading series, a Short Fiction Contest Book Launch Party, a closing reception, and the option to add an LGBT French Quarter Walking Tour to your itinerary for $25.
Tickets can be purchased on the Saints and Sinners official website here.