AQLF logoThe third annual Atlanta Queer Literary Festival returns Nov. 4 to 7 with a bevy of locally and nationally known writers.

The festival begins Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. with an opening reception at Charis Books in Little Five Points featuring poets Lisa Allender and Alice Teeter, musicians and more.

On Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7:15 p.m. Outwrite Books will host a reading from the acclaimed anthology, My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them featuring editor Michael Montlack, Collin Kelley, Regie Cabico, Jim Elledge and Cleo Creech.

Internationally known authors Staceyann Chin (who was recently featured on Oprah with her memoir, The Other Side of Paradise) and Manil Suri are the festival’s keynote speakers. They will read Friday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Auburn Avenue Research Library.

Saturday, Nov. 7, will be a day of readings and workshops at the Decatur Library starting at 9 a.m., including an appearance by Terry Galloway, author of the memoir Mean Little Deaf Queer at 4 p.m. That evening at 7 p.m., there will be an All-Star

Poetry Slam at Java Monkey Coffee House in Decatur featuring Marty McConnell, Theresa Davis and more.

For a full schedule of events, visit

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.