Reading Queer

Reading Queer awarded $5,000 GLBT Community Projects Fund Grant from The Miami Foundation and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Reading Queer awarded $5,000 GLBT Community Projects Fund Grant from The Miami Foundation and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

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SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2013

Reading Queer awarded $5,000 GLBT Community Projects Fund Grant

MIAMI—We are tremendously pleased to announce that the Miami Foundation’s GLBT Community Projects Fund has chosen to award Reading Queer a grant of $5,000.

The GLBT Community Projects Fund is a unique partnership between The Miami Foundation and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to support organizations and programs that advance education and public awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans* issues in Greater Miami. Reading Queer will use the GLBT Community Projects Fund Grant to support its mission to establish Miami as a center for queer literature through a literary salon series, creative writing workshops led my locally and nationally recognized queer writers, an annual week-long literary festival and a literary archive.

“Changing deeply-rooted perceptions of queerness necessitates a new language,” says Paula Kolek, co-founder of Reading Queer. Reading Queer’s larger mission will be to foster this new dialogue between gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans* and intersexed writers and the community through the act & the art of creative writing. The GLBT Community Projects Fund Grant will allow Reading Queer to continue its mission to bring the community together to connect, create and communicate.

The GLBT Community Projects Fund Grant signifies the important role and relationship Reading Queer will play in advancing public awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans* literature in Greater Miami. The grant means that we are supported by the larger citizenry of which we are part. It means that the community finds Reading Queer as exciting as we do. It means that we are one step closer to creating a lively, thriving, ever-evolving literary center for queer literature and queer culture in South Florida!

About Reading Queer: Reading Queer seeks to establish Miami as a center for queer literature through a literary salon series, creative writing workshops, an annual week-long literary festival and a literary archive. Reading Queer is open to all writers who create hybrid, genre-bending works that address queer identity. Reading Queer is partially funded by a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Knight Arts Challenge Grant and a GLBT Community Projects Fund Grant. For more, visit ReadingQueer.org.

About the Miami Foundation: The Miami Foundation provides civic leadership, bringing stakeholders together to tackle issues of concern in our community. Working together with our Fundholders and community partners, we leverage collective knowledge, creativity and resources for a greater impact than any one of us could make alone. For more, visit MiamiFoundation.org.

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About the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation: The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation promotes journalism excellence worldwide and invests in the vitality of communities in the United States where the Knight brothers once owned newspapers. Knight Foundation invests in ideas and projects that can lead to transformational change.For more, visit KnightFoundation.org.

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