Writers will be heard – whether there are “bookstore” readings or not.

Nowhere Like Home for Gay Writers

Loved reading this Daily News piece about the entrepreneurial spirit of the gays and the NY Latino writers in particular. This reminded me a lot of Hank Henderson’s Homo-Centric in Los Angeles, held at Stories Books & Cafe in Echo Park once a month. (Check out that link for the upcoming event at the West Hollywood Book Fair!) I know Hank started these readings in large part because of the closing of A Different Light in West Hollywood, which left Los Angeles without a bona fide GLBTQI (m-i-c-, k-e-y, ooops) place for appropriate readings. Is this a trend? Are there other alternative places in additional cities springing up, too? Let me know if you know….

I’d love to see more people feel obligated to “bring diversity to a brutally gentrified neighborhood,” wherever it may happen to be. Not sure that Echo Park qualifies in that regard vis a vis the East Village — at least not yet. Just sayin’

Hank Henderson at Homo-Centric at Stories Books & Cafe

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~ by jimarnoldla on September 15, 2010.

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