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LGBT authors to be featured at 2013 Miami Book Fair International presented by Miami Dade College

Several panels at the 2013 Miami Book Fair International (Miami Dade College, 300 NE Second Ave., Miami) are geared toward LGBT audiences.

From the book fair program:


Queer Poetry/Queer Differences

Presented in Partnership with Reading Queer

Saturday, Nov. 23, 1:00 p.m., Room 8203 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)

Queer poetry, like queerness itself, is dominated by “gay,” often “gay, white, male,” poetics. This panel explores and celebrates queer differences with poets who speak from varied perspectives. With NEIL DE LA FLOR on An Elephant’s Memory of Blizzards, L. LAMAR WILSON on Sacrilegion, MAUREEN SEATON on Fibonacci Batman; EDUARDO C. CORRAL on Slow Lightning, and PARKER PHILLIPS.  

Neil de la Flor

Neil de la Flor is Executive Director of Reading Queer, which seeks to establish Miami as a center for queer literature through a literary salon series, creative writing workshops led by nationally and locally recognized queer writers, an annual week-long literary festival and an archive. His publications include Almost Dorothy ; Sinead  O'Connor and her Coat of a Thousand BluebirdsFacial Geometry ; and  Two Thieves and a Liar , all co-authored with Maureen Seaton & Kristine Snodgrass.

The 10th anniversary edition of Tigertail, A South Florida Poetry Annual, edited by Jen Karetnick, explores the theme of "pairings." Thirty-one writers and poets with connections to Florida contribute poetry, flash fiction and flash creative nonfiction. Neil de la Flor is a writer, teacher, photographer and magician.  

L. Lamar Wilson

L. Lamar Wilson's debut poetry collection is Sacrilegion (Carolina Wren Press Poetry Series; $17.95).  "Over and again, these poems ask us to be ourselves and to rightly remember whatever land we thought of as home."--Jericho Brown. Wilson has received fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation, the Callaloo Workshops, the Alfred E. Knobler Scholarship Fund, and the Arts and Sciences Foundation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he's pursuing a doctorate in African American and multiethnic American poetics.   

Maureen Seaton

Fibonacci Batman: New & Selected Poems (Carnegie Mellon; $19.95) spans two decades and seven previous poetry collections.  Seaton, whose use of language has been called "radiantly precise" by Publishers Weekly, is the author of fifteen poetry collections, both solo and collaborative. Her work has received numerous awards, including the Iowa Poetry Prize and the Lambda Literary Award.

The 10th anniversary edition of Tigertail, A South Florida Poetry Annual, edited by Jen Karetnick, explores the theme of "pairings." Thirty-one writers and poets with connections to Florida contribute poetry, flash fiction and flash creative nonfiction. Maureen Seaton's recent publications include Stealth, with Sam Ace;Sinéad O’Connor and Her Coat of a Thousand Bluebirds, with Neil de la Flor; and Cave of the Yellow Volkswagen. 


INGRID HOFFMANN on Delicious Latin Recipes with a Healthy Twist , PEGGY KOTSOPOULOS on Foods that Heal , and BRIAN BOITANO on Fresh and Fun Recipes for Sharing

Saturday, Nov. 23, 3:00 p.m., Room 6100 (Building 6, 1st Floor, on N.E. 2nd Ave between 4th and 5th Street)

Ingrid Hoffman

From the international food and television personality, restaurateur, and host of the Cooking Channel’s Simply Delicioso and Univision’s Delicioso, comes Latin D'Lite: Delicious Latin Recipes with a Healthy Twist (Celebra; $29.95), a fully illustrated, easy-to-follow cookbook that offers more than 150 recepies, each a healthy spin on modern Latin cuisine. In 2011, Hoffman, originally from Colombia, was named Flavors of Passion Master Chef of the Year—an award that honors the nation’s best Latino chefs.

Peggy Kotsopoulos

Kitchen Cures: Revolutionize Your Health with Foods that Heal (Pintail; $25.00) makes the simple connection between food and how you look and feel. Whether you have low energy, excess belly fat, or are suffering from conditions triggered by inflammation, Kitchen Cures shows you how nutrient-dense foods are the answer.  Kotsopoulos is a registered holistic nutritionist, health educator, and culinary consultant. She travels extensively across the country as a spokesperson for Vega and is the host of the television show Peggy K’s Kitchen Cures.

Brian Boitano

Boitano answers a culinary question in What Would Brian Boitano Make? Fresh and Fun Recipes for Sharing with Family and Friends (Lyons Press; $27.50).  As he traveled the world for skating competitions Boitano became fascinated with other cultures and cuisines.  His recipes emphasize taste, convenience, and nutrition.  Boitano's Food Network series, What Would Brian Boitano Make?, premiered in August 2009 and is now on the Cooking Channel.

Boitano also holds a cooking demonstration and tasting 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, Wine Theatre @ Miami Culinary Institute (415 N.E. Second Avenue)




Sunday, Nov. 24, 5:00 p.m., Room 8201 (Building 8, 2nd Floor)

Even as they become more accepted and assimilated into contemporary American culture, those who identify as GLBTQ face new and daunting challenges.  Join a panel of writers whose works reflect the current personal, political, and institutional issues facing the community:  Jennifer Baumgardner on We Do!: American Leaders Who Believe in Marriage Equality, Jeff Chu on Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage in Search of God in America, and Michael Bronski on You Can Tell Just by Looking: And 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People. 

Author(s) and Guest(s)

Michael Bronski

"You Can Tell Just By Looking" And 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People (Beacon Press; $16.00) takes on the pervasive stereotypes and false assumptions that continue to cling to queer citizens. Authors Michael Bronski, Ann Pellegrine, and Michael Amico draw on court cases, scientific and sociological studies, literary texts, and pop culture to explain and dispel the misinformation that is often used to discriminate against and marginalize the LGBT community. ". . . asks vital questions that will steer the culture toward justice and equality."--Publishers Weekly, starred review.  Bronski, Professor of the Practice in Activism and Media in the Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University, is the author of several award-winning books, including A Queer History of the United States.

Jeff Chu

In Does Jesus Really Love Me:?  A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America (Harper; $26.99) journalist Jeff Chu details his yearlong cross-country pilgrimage to seek out the stories of the faithful struggling to come to terms with a religion that preaches love, but often practices intolerance. Chu graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University and earned a master's degree from the London School of Economics.  He has written and edited for Time, Conde Nast Portfolio, and Fast Company.

Jennifer Baumgardner

Co-edited with Madeliene Kunin, the first woman governor of Vermont, We Do!: American Leaders Who Believe in Marriage Equality (Akashic; $15.95) demonstrates, through speeches, interviews, and commentary, the encouraging story of American acceptance of gay marriage and the roles that politicians—gay and straight—have played in that history. Baumgardner is the co-author of the contemporary feminist classics Manifesta and Grassroots. She has won numerous awards for her activism; her work is widely taught and she has given keynote addresses at more than 250 colleges and universities. 


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