Be inspired to create, to celebrate and to keep telling your stories! A little encouragement can go a long way. Some times all it takes is one festival to screen your film, one person to tell you how much your work meant to them to motivate you to keep on creating. And while the nymph of inspiration may flit in and out of our lives, the artists we are showcasing work tirelessly even when that elusive sprite is no where to be found. These filmmakers pour over dailies, spend long nights editing, and toss and turn at night wondering what they’ll do if they don’t meet their Kickstarter goals. And sometimes we just want to throw in the towel and crawl into a hole and never come out…This is DIY filmmaking. This is why we need festivals. This is why we need awards.
My lovely friend Anya de Montigny will be leading the workshop “Queering Tantra” at the Pleasure Chest store in Hollywood. Her classes are always fun, sexy and incredibly informative. Don’t miss […]
“Ian MacKinnon’s Gay Hist-Orgy” is a brilliant, side splitting and wonderfully sexy piece of storytelling and performance. Ian has distilled and spun queer world history, mythology, and folklore in a way that is titillating, inspiring, and easily palpable. While I often found myself saddened and angered by the erasure of our homo history Ian’s hilarious performance made me laugh and feel grateful to be a grownup queer with access to beautiful art that celebrates and investigates our queerly complex stories.
Sometimes I say that I am a professional bisexual and other times I say I am “straight for pay”. Only it seems I am becoming straight FOR FREE with increasing regularity and part of me wonders if I should be alarmed!
M. Jackalinski’s color test for the short story “Professional Bisexual” That’s me and Miller riding the bus to Occupy. We are professional (and lifestyle) monsters, really.
My first “not gay” reading on Friday, June 8th pretty much confirms this! I mean, don’t get me wrong, Featherless co-curators Andrea Lambert and Katie are pretty gay (in fact I heard they’re actually GAY TOGETHER!) but still it is a bit thrilling to read at something that is not explicitly HOMO. I’m also thrilled to have the opportunity to read with two really amazing women, Michelle Joyner and Dana Johnson. I’ve been busy working on a chapbook entitled “Professional Bisexual” that I hope to have ready by then. I’m collaborating with some really amazing illustrators including Tara Avery, M. Jackalinski and Amie Wee who is also doing the layout and cover design. I’ve wanted to collaborate with all three artists for years and am thrilled to be doing so now.
Sugarbutch & Raquefella Present: For the release of SAY PLEASE: LESBIAN BDSM EROTICA, come join us in LA for dirty readings from dirty butches, including Jeanne Cordova, D’Lo, Ian Harvie, [rife], Claudia Rodriguez, AJ Stacy, Sinclair Sexsmith, with MC Angie Evans.
ABOUT SAY PLEASE
In Say Please, Sinclair Sexsmith presents a cornucopia of queer kink—tantalizing tales rich in variety and saucy details of girls put in their place—and held there firmly. Whether readers dream of surrendering to a lover or of taking control, Say Please offers plenty of erotic inspiration and gives readers exactly what they want! Come hear authors from the book read their stories and celebrate the release of this kinky queer collection.
ABOUT SINCLAIR SEXSMITH
Sinclair Sexsmith runs the award-winning personal online writing project Sugarbutch Chronicles: The Gender, and Relationship Adventures of a Kinky Queer Butch Top at sugarbutch.net. With work published in various anthologies and websites, including Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica, she is the guest editor of Best Lesbian Erotica 2012, and her first full-length erotica anthology, Say Please: Lesbian BDSM Erotica, which was published by Cleis Press in April 2012. Mr. Sexsmith writes, teaches, and performs focusing on the subjects of sex, gender, and relationships. More information on her at mrsexsmith.com.
My dear friend, Micha Cardenas, is doing a reading from her book, The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities, Fri and Sat at Highways with a great group of performers. Raquel Gutierrez, another of my favorite queer writers and performance artists is curating this amazing evening of queer latin voices.
CHARLES RICE-GONZALEZ (April 21 only)
RAFA ESPARZA + LUIS FLORES
The Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival is seeking films for our fourth annual film festival. We will be screening many diverse works made by trans, genderqueer, and intersex artists, including comedy, dramedy, drama, experimental, animation, and more! We also welcome work by allies who are showcasing “transgenderqueer” themes in their work.
A NIGHT OF TRANS-ANARCHISM: a night of performance art by and film by transgender artists featuring: Talia Bettcher, Pony Lee Estrange, Metahuman, aka Kalil Cohen, Micha Cardenas, Deb Simone, Allison Wyper, Natalie Rosen and Leon Wu.
EMBODIED: ARTS PARTY AT HAMMER MUSEUM
I’ve spent so much time and energy publicizing, distributing, and writing about the artwork of those I admire but I often pull this self defeatist stunt where I only tell people about my readings a day or two before hand. That way, if the person says they can’t come, it’s not because they don’t care but because they were too busy, and I can save myself from the humiliation of rejection. Fortunately I’ve come to realize this this misguided little selfdefense mechanism no longer serves me.
A friend of mine (for whom I had just organized a reading) confided in me that there was a time at which she only organized shows & readings for others. She told me that night as we sat drinking Hefeweizen in trendy brewery in Oakland that I had “done my time” as an arts programmer and challenged me to start focusing on my own work. Her words were very inspring particularly because she is my favorite writers on contemporary feminist theory and that she didn’t write her first book (which is pretty much required reading for anyone with any interest in feminist studies and contemporary queer theory) until she was in her forties.