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Lesbian Literature Virtual Festival

By Charlotte Robinson, August 04, 2021


The LGBTQ Resource Center of the Gulfport Library in Gulfport, Florida is presenting three fabulous virtual events for the month of August. First is Read Out Write On with Sonja Franeta & Winn Gilmore on Wednesday August 11th at 7P EDT via Zoom. Sonja Franeta is a writer, educator, translator & activist. She wrote Pink Flamingos: 10 Siberian Interviews in Russian in 2004 translating it into English in 2017. She published My Pink Road to Russia in 2015. Born in the Bronx, New York to an immigrant Yugoslav family & now retired Sonja Franeta splits her time between Florida & Spain with her partner & their two cats. Winn Gilmore is a celebrated author from Birmingham, Alabama where she lives part of the time. Winn Gilmore’s stories have appeared in Sinister Wisdom, Herotica & On Our Backs. The story she read in the Memory Pearls of Readout 2021 is called “The Oyster” & it is part of a work in progress. Next is R. J. Samuel on Wednesday August 18th at 7P EDT via Zoom. R. J. Samuel has published five novels including An Outsider Inside. She currently lives in Atlanta. The program concludes with Betty Jean Steinshouer on Saturday August 28th at 2P EDT via Zoom. Betty Jean Steinshouer wrote Long Road from Red Cloud: Life Lessons from Willa Cather & will talk with author friend Edie Daly about how the conclusions she reached in the book have informed her ongoing feeling & understanding about Willa Cather whom she has spent her life studying & portraying. Steinshouer will show us short videos about Cather's rightful place in history & culture. The events are free but a donation will help fund these fabulous events. 

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