In his new novel Now I’m Here (Beautiful Dreamer Press), author and Lambda Literary Award winner Jim Provenzano paints a vivid picture of gay life in small town Ohio from the late 1970s to the early 90s. The book, now available in Kindle and paperback editions, tells a poignant tale of love found, lost, and found again.

A lot of queer stories have been printed on pages…but most certainly not this one. When Lara Lillibridge published Girlish: Growing Up in a Lesbian Home in 2018, the Cleveland-based author pulled no punches in putting forth a riveting and unconventional memoir of her childhood in an atypical household.

1979 was a monumental year for the LBGTQ community finding its voice. 

In San Francisco, the White Night Riots saw thousands of citizens taking to the streets to protest the egregiously insulting slap-on-the-wrist that Dan White received for murdering Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone in broad daylight.

Billed as the “largest gathering of queer readers northeast Ohio has seen in years,” the evening features a collection of over a dozen queer poets, storytellers, and spoken word performers.

Of note, this year’s Festival also will showcase two headliner firsts: Jesse Factor, a contemporary dancer, will be the first non-drag, non-burlesque headliner, and Crocodile Lightning will be the first trans headliner.