I was also honored to be featured with Rashid Darden, Monica A. Hand, and Red Summer the Black LGBT head / heart / love poetry reading (I’ll post video of my reading soon). It was a phenomenal experience. The energy from the audience was great. They were really feeling our poetry (which is always a plus). And the turnout was excellent. After the show I received lots of kudos from members of the audience and my fellow poets from the reading. It was also touching to have some of my family and friends present at the event. If it wasn’t for a solid support system, I wouldn’t have made it this far. My support system has definitely helped me prevail.
BuddahDesmond performing during the head / heart / soul Black LGBT poetry reading, as part of OutWrite 2012.
I had the pleasure of participating in The DC Center’s 2nd annual OutWrite 2012 Book Festival this past weekend. I’m actually still on cloud nine from the experience. This was the first public event to promote my book Prevail: Poems on Life, Love, and Politics. I consider this festival a true blessing (considering when I found out about it and how quickly I had to move to get involved). I had the opportunity to network with other authors and businesses and gain some new fans.
I look forward to participating in OutWrite 2013. And if you’re in the DC Metro Area next year in early August, you should come check it out.
Major shout outs to: Lin Wang and David Mariner from The DC Center, Rashid Darden, Kristofer Clarke, 2Live2Love, Red Summer, Monica A. Hand, LaToya Hankins, j.scales, Alex Montgomery, Sampson McCormick, Shirley Fletcher, Donald Peebles, and Ra Shawn Chisolm.