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Reading Queer Donor Society 

Your donation today supports our mission to improve, empower and enrich the lives of the community through the act & the art of creative writing by enabling us to hire writers, teachers and mentors to lead the RQ Writing Academy.

Your donation also funds the inaugural and, most importantly, first ever queer literary festival in Miami.

The RQ Literary Festival will run from August 22nd – August 30th, will feature locally and nationally recognized queer writers and will culminate with a performance at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden with headline poet L. Lamar Wilson, who has set his book Sacrilegion to a choir for the festival.

Your donation also funds our literary salon series, Queer Depot, which is a series of open forum discussions that foster dialogue to reveal the depth, richness and complexity of our community.

As an expression of our conviction that writing is a right, not a privilege, all workshops are open to the general public regardless of an individual’s ability to pay. Your donation, at any level, makes this possible. You help us provide open access to all regardless of their personal resources.

“Literature saves lives. As queer writers and readers we know this from personal experience. By inviting us to expand our sense of self to include the experiences of others, reading also lays the foundation for the building of strong and lasting communities, queer and otherwise, based on mutual care, respect and understanding. Writing, on the other hand, invites us to explore and create new possibilities for being and becoming in the world. The blank page can be a promise of new beginnings in a world eager to foreclose them, an invitation to take charge where we feel most powerless.” –José Portela, Reading Queer Program Director.


Donor Levels: make your tax-deductible gift through our fiscal sponsor The Miami Foundation. Simply click the membership level below, select the amount you wish to donate and then select “Reading Queer” from the drop down menu. Click ‘add gift’ and follow instructions.  Donate now.

Universal | $1 – $24
• As an expression of our conviction that writing is a right, not a privilege, all of our workshops are open to the general public regardless of an individual’s ability to pay. Your donation makes this possible. We understand money is tight, so donate what you can afford. We accept donations in any amount & every dollar you contribute allows RQ to fulfill its mission.

Student | $25
• Admission for one to one creative writing workshop open to the public.

Individual | $50
• Admission for one to two creative writing workshops open to the public.

Family | $125
• Covers up to two adults and one child under 18.
• Admission for three to two creative writing workshops open to the public.

Fellow | $250
• Covers one adult.
• Admission & priority enrollment to two creative writing workshops open to the public.
• Admission & priority seating to the headline event during the RQ Literary Festival.
• Annual recognition on our website.

Benefactor | $500
• Covers two adults.
• Admission & priority enrollment for two guests to two creative writing workshops open to the public.
• Admission & priority seating to the headline event during the RQ Literary Festival. .
• Annual recognition on our website.
• Original art by Carrie Sieh: “Cody” is an embroidery on silver gelatin print (6.25 x 9.25) (image) – 11 x 14 (framed).

"Cody" by Carrie Sieh. Embroidery on silver gelatin print (6.25 x 9.25) (image) - 11 x 14 (framed).

“Cody” by Carrie Sieh. Embroidery on silver gelatin print (6.25 x 9.25) (image) – 11 x 14 (framed).

(*Benefactor Level enables RQ to hire two teachers to lead two writing workshops or grants us the ability to provide access to writing workshops for 10 students regardless of their ability to pay.)

Luminary | $1,250

• Covers two adults.
• Admission & priority enrollment for two to all scheduled creative writing workshops open to the public.
• Admission & priority seating to the headline event during the RQ Literary Festival.
• Annual recognition on our website.
• Recognition on our promotional materials for the RQ Literary Festival & the RQ Writing Academy.
• A signed, numbered and framed “Moodswing: Mad, Glad, Sad” triptych by artist JeanPaul Mallozzi. (Each print is 30″ x 22″.)

Moodswing: Mad, Glad, Sad | Triptych, each: 30" x 22" by JeanPaul Mallozzi.

Moodswing: Mad, Glad, Sad | Triptych, each: 30″ x 22″ by JeanPaul Mallozzi.

(*Luminary Level enables us to hire four teachers to lead four workshops, contract one nationally recognized queer writer to headline the annual RQ Literary Festival or grants us the ability to provide access to writing workshops for 20 students regardless of their ability to pay.)

Aurora | $1,500

• Covers two adults.
• Admission & priority enrollment for two to all scheduled creative writing workshops open to the public.
• Admission & priority seating to the headline event during the RQ Literary Festival.
• Annual recognition on our website.
• Recognition on our promotional materials for the RQ Literary Festival & the RQ Writing Academy.
• A small original and signed sketch by artist JeanPaul Mallozzi.
• A signed, numbered and framed “Moodswing: Mad, Glad, Sad” triptych by artist JeanPaul Mallozzi. (Each print is 30″ x 22″.)

Moodswing: Mad, Glad, Sad | Triptych, each: 30" x 22" by JeanPaul Mallozzi.

Moodswing: Mad, Glad, Sad | Triptych, each: 30″ x 22″ by JeanPaul Mallozzi.

(*Aurora Level enables us to hire six teachers to lead four workshops, contract one nationally recognized queer writer to headline the annual RQ Literary Festival or grants us the ability to provide access to writing workshops for 20 students regardless of their ability to pay.)

Founders | $2,000

• Covers two adults.
• Admission & priority enrollment for two to all scheduled creative writing workshops open to the public.
• Admission & priority seating to the headline event during the RQ Literary Festival.
• Annual recognition on our website.
• Recognition on our promotional materials for the RQ Literary Festival & the RQ Writing Academy.
• One of the following original works of art by Carrie Sieh: “Have-and-Hold” (mixed media on canvas) or “Please Allow Us to Thank You For The Privilege Of Fulfilling Your Every Desire”.

"Have-and-Hold" (mixed media on canvas) or "Please Allow Us to Thank You For The Privilege Of Fulfilling Your Every Desire".

“Have-and-Hold” (mixed media on canvas) or “Please Allow Us to Thank You For The Privilege Of Fulfilling Your Every Desire”.

(*Founders Level enables us to provide up to 6 writing workshops for free to local community centers, hire six teachers, fund honoraria for one nationally recognized queer writer and six local artists to headline the annual RQ Literary Festival.)


What we’ve accomplished so far with your donations:

2014
• RQ Writing Academy Workshop “Oddly Enough (Queer Comedy)” with Caro Hernandez.
• Inaugural RQ Writing Academy Workshop “In Defense of Forgetting” with Connie Mae Oliver.
• Launched the RQ Writing Academy.
• Launched Queer Depot, an occasional series of literary salons that provides a safe environment for marginalized voices to come together and talk about issues that impact the community from a queer perspective. Images from the first Queer Depot, “Creativity & Queerness”, @ the Betsy Hotel-Sobe.

2013
• “Exquisite Writing“, a creative writing workshop by Reading Queer @ the Bakehouse Art Complex.
• Reading Queer inaugural event in partnership with the Miami Book Fair International: “I am the what-are-you: Queer Poetry/Queer Differences“.
• Collaboration with The Krane, Girls’ Club Fort Lauderdale & Panther Coffee: “Drifting: A Theatrical Exquisite Corpse“.
• Reading Queer @ Pecha Kucha Miami: “Signifiers in Queer/Feminist Contemporary Art in Asia & Miami“.