Recently a reader asked: Â Kyle, how did the Seattle festival go? Did you get to read your work?
Yes, I did get to read three pieces of my work. Â I read Asphalt (which was featured in the Festival and Anthology last year (2011)), Lollipop (which was posted here a while ago and also features Buddy as narrator and main character), as well as, Why I Write Erotica.
I enjoyed reading them and the audience was appreciative. Â Sadly, it was also fairly small. Â The readings on Saturday were scheduled for noon. Â As you might imagine, there aren’t a lot of people at an Erotic Art Festival around lunch time, most of the people there were volunteers. Â As a result, I think the Lit Art folks were slighted by this scheduling. Â Last year, we had some time during the evening, early prime time for the event. Â This year those choice time slots were given to other performances.
And even with that, I had a lot of fun that day, spent something like 12 hours in and around the Festival. Â Started with the readings, got to meet some new fans, some old friends and fellow jurors. Â I enjoy reading my work so much that I came away with new passion for creating a space in Olympia were queer and trans folks can read their work. Â It’s something I’m letting brew on a back burner for now, so I can clear my docket a bit.
After the readings, I hung out with a couple of dear friends I met at last years Festival, poet Tito Titus and his wife Kate. Â We ventured out in the pouring rain (it was doing that off and on that weekend) and had a wonderful lunch and conversation together. Â Later in the afternoon, I slipped out for a snack of fries and beer at Brouwer’s pub across the intersection from the Festival venue. Â Around dinner time, I was meeting up with an ex-girlfriend I hadn’t seen in nearly 30 years, my college girlfriend. Â I hung with the action until about 10:30 when I got on the road to home (an hour away).
The Festival was gorgeous, busy and filled to the brim with eye-candy, especially later in the evening when all the fetish wearing folks showed up…. Ooooh, la la. Â All and all it was a fun time. Â Next year I think I’ll pass on jury duty and attempt to return as an Artist.
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