OutWrite, an LGBT literary festival, kicks off at the D.C. Center on Friday and runs all weekend.
The weekend kicks off with “Speaking of Essex: Tribute to Essex Hemphill” Friday night at 6 p.m. Following at 7 p.m. is “Hold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill and the Battlefield of AIDS” with author Martin Duberman for readings, discussion and a light reception.
Saturday begins with “20th Anniversary: Stone Butch Blues” and a vulnerability writing workshop at 11 a.m. A vendor and book sale runs from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
At noon is “Quick and Dirty,” where authors give brief summaries of their books and a writing trans characters workshop with Everett Marron, Dane Edidi, Alex Myers and more.
At 1 p.m. is a black LGBT writers forum featuring Rashid Darden, Cheryl Head and more as well as “OutWrite Featured Authors” with Daisy Hernandez, James Magruder and others.
Local author Alex Myers discusses his novel “Revolutionary” at 2 p.m. and a discussion on grant opportunities for individuals is also at 2 p.m.
Everett Maroon discusses “The Unintentional Time Traveler,” at 2:30 p.m.
Christina B. Hanhardt discusses “Safe Space” followed by a panel discussion with GLOV at 3 p.m. Sinta Jimenez also gives a workshop “Writing Your Coming of Age Story.”
“Girls Raised in the South” authors discuss their work at 4 p.m. A workshop on telling your HIV story is also at the same time.
Hear authors from the anthology “The Queer South” speak about their work at 5 p.m.
Sunday is “Flicker and Spark Poetry Brunch,” a celebration brunch celebrating Regie Cabico and Brittany Fonte’s Lambda Literary Award, at 11 a.m.
For more information, visit thedccenter.org/outwritedc.