August 1, 2019 at 2:10 pm EDT | by Philip Van Slooten
Lit fest has queer programming
Asian-American Literature Festival, gay news, Washington Blade
Last year’s Queer Literaokie (Photo courtesy Asian-American Literature Festival)

The Asian-American Literature Festival presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and OutWrite runs this weekend and blends queer programming with cultural and educational events. The events are free but tickets are required to reserve seats at some shows.

The festival opens today with a Poet’s Peace Breakfast from 9-10:30 a.m. at Franklin Square Park (1332 I St., N.W.). Later at the Eaton D.C. (1201 K St., N.W.) is an opening welcome, cultural workshops, readings, “Queer Check-in” video poems, and literary and mindfulness lounges. On Saturday, Aug. 3 there are “Secret Histories” at the Library of Congress (100 1st St., N.E.) followed by more readings, “Queer Literaoke” and queer/trans ghost stories at the Eaton. The festival closes Sunday with children’s literature and YA panels, refugee poetry readings, a Wikipedia edit-a-thon and a reading of queer Asian-American writers.

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