Yes, I am the queen of bi-weekly blog postings. So, here we go.
I am in New York City right now, having a grand time. I was in Kansas City last week, at Creating Change. So many amazing people. Got to sit next to Amber Hollibaugh for a minute (sigh) while we hung out with the folks of Left Bank Books for our signings. I even got to tell Amber how she was *the inspirational motivator* behind a lot of the organizing work I did for many years in Boston. Yes - a rare, beautiful moment. I was psyched.
Also, I got to sit in/moderate/witness incredible workshops and caucuses on issues related to sexual freedom, movement building, capacity building (what is it in the context of movement building?) and anti-Semitism/Islamophobia. Wow. Very powerful. I haven't fully digested all of these lessons and moments yet. Still spinning around many questions having to do with individual authority/organizations/movements and social change. Still digesting the profound exchanges of the anti-Semitism/Islamophobia workshop. Still vibing off of the sexual freedom interactions. I'm feeling incredibly proud and charged by all the brilliance.
On Monday I arrived in New York City in time for my debut NYC reading at LaGuardia Community College. It was a wonderful experience. I loved all the young people I met, from all parts of the world, whose enthused commitment to the moment energized me. It was kind of fun, too, to hear papers rustle as many students followed along with my reading. Not so lonely as the stage is prone to be.
On Wednesday night I read at the Noche Bohemia put on by Yoseli Castillo for the Dominican LGBT community. Beautiful energy, and such sweetness. And, as Lisa C. Moore says, lots of Spanish. It was GALDE's fifth year anniversary, and there were other fantastic performers and writers. I had such a nice time.
What's cool is that I'll have a chance to be back in NYC in February, for a few other events. One at St. John's in Queens, and the other a group reading in Manhattan. Details to follow. And between now and then, I'm going to have a couple of readings in Austin, and I'm going to be working with the fabulous Jaclyn Pryor on her brilliant performance of the year: Pink.
For now, I must work on some edits and get some sleep. SO NEW YORK!!