Thursday, May 19, 2005

A few days and nights in the Big Easy

This year's Saints and Sinners Literary Festival for Queer writers was again a lot of fun. (Thanks again to Paul Willis for his great organizing efforts.) It all began when I had a little too much to drink at the opening reception on Friday night, but I sobered up in time for Saturday's panel on Writing Sex Scenes for Erotica and Romance (with the help of pain killers and a yoga class). Amie M. Evans did a great job moderating and my fellow panelists included Robert Taylor, Radclyffe, and Kelly McQuain. Sunday's What is Taboo panel went well, too, with Rob Stephenson keeping us all on our toes with one question after the next. Also on the panel were Bill Brent, Jim Gladstone, and Sean Meriwether. It was great to see and catch up with a lot of friends and fellow writers and I'm looking forward to going again next year, when rumor has it that it will be integrated into the larger Tennessee Williams Literary Festival in March. To see the crew at this year's events, D. Travers Scott (whose new book One of These Things Is Not Like the Other is just out) has some photos posted at his blog, and Michael Walker of Dreamwalker Group has posted a few of our faces, too.