The sixth annual Saints and Sinners alternative literary festival will take place from 8 to 11 May, for anyone passing by the New Orleans area.

The annual GLBT literary event, which started as a means to further spread information about HIV/AIDS has grown into one of the largest specialist literary events which brings together members from the worldwide GLBT publishing community.

Writers like Dorothy Allison, Mark Doty, Tim Miller and Michelle Tea will be presenting panels and writing workshops. Playwrights will perform their pieces, including Elizabeth Whitney’s humorous one-woman show A Day Without Sunshine.

More than just your average writers’ festival, Saints and Sinners is recognised as a key event for writers with a queer bent and the independent publishing houses which distribute their work to form connections.

Run entirely by unpaid volunteers, the event is dependent upon registrations and donations. Whether you’re in the area or not, you can lend your support to GLBT literature via the web.

Saints and Sinners alternative literary festival, New Orleans. May 8-11.

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