Visit to Allentown

Allentown, PA is the home of the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBTQ Center where I read with a half-dozen other writers from the anthology, Our Happy Hours: LGBT Voices From the Gay Bars. Happy Hours book cover The book-which calls attention to the tragedy at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando-includes four dozen short-stories, essays, and poems about the role gay bars have played in building safe spaces for the LGBTQ community.  Proceeds of the book’s sales support LGBTQ youth-service programs.  Shout out to writers: Renee Bess (also the story collector for the anthology), Rae Theodore, Karen DiPrima who also read their pieces from the anthology.

Located on Maple street in Allentown, the center recently participated in a street name change and now resides on Bayard Rustin Way. Rustin is a hero of mine. See my bad photo of the street sign, below.

Bayaard Rustin SignMet one of the owners of indie bookstore, Let’s Play Books, in nearby Emmaus

The visit inspired me to listen to Billy Joel’s song. https://youtu.be/BHnJp0oyOxs

 

White Whale Books

Indie bookstores are gems in the crowns of our literary community.  This July, in the great American city of Pittsburgh, I had the opportunity to read from my book, Catch Me When I’m Falling.  I was invited by author/teacher, Paula Martinac, and we interspersed a bit of writer conversation with our readings.  Great questions from an overflowing audience. Thank you, White Whale Bookstore.Reading at White Whale books Pittsburgh