Yaddo will celebrate Pride Month with an event celebrating our LGBT writers at the Center. “Inspirations: A Yaddo Gay Pride Event Celebrating Our LGBT Writers” will be moderated by author Allan Gurganus, who has enjoyed many working residencies at Yaddo, dating back to 1975, and who also is a Member of The Corporation of Yaddo.

Fellow Yaddo residents and writers Cris Beam and Jorge Ignacio Cortinas will join Gurganus for a lively discussion about Yaddo’s past, present, and future role in the LGBT literary community, and each of the panelists will offer a reading.

This Second Tuesday program will start at 7:00pm with a 6:30 reception before the presentation. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center recommends a donation of $10. (All donations are voluntary and all proceeds go to The Center.)

Since opening its doors in 1926, Yaddo has welcomed more than 6,000 artists, many of whom, whether they knew it or not, were articulating the heart and soul of what would become the gay community. Today, Yaddo continues to support artists across a wide range of disciplines and perspectives.

Allan Gurganus’s 1989 novel, “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All,” was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated into twelve languages, as well as turned into a TV movie with Cicely Tyson and a one-woman play on Broadway starring Ellen Burstyn. His story collection “White People” was the winner of the Los Angeles Book Prize and was a PEN/Faulkner finalist. In 2001, “The Practical Heart,” a collection of four novellas, won a 2001 Lambda Literary Award for fiction.

On the panel with Mr. Gurganus will be Cris Beam and Jorge Ignacio Cortinas.

Cris Beam is a celebrated author of non-fiction, young adult fiction, and memoir. Her first book, “Transparent: Love, Family, and Living the T with Transgender Teenagers,” is a non-fiction book that won the 2008 Lambda Literary Award for best transgender book . Jorge Ignacio Cortinas has studied playwriting with Octavio Solis, Cherrie Moraga, and Maria Irene Fornes.

For more information about the evening, see www.secondtuesday.org/Next.htm or http://www.gaycenter.org/node/7939.



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