Reading Queer

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Donate to Reading Queer and support our mission to provide high-quality programming for the lgbtq community. Click ‘donate today‘.


WHAT WE DO: Reading Queer invests in the LGBTQ literary community through 3 major programs:

  • RQ Writing Academy programs 8 – 10 annual creative writing workshops led by established LGBTQ authors.
  • RQ Literary Festival, South Florida’s only LGBTQ-centric literary festival.
  • RQ Writers In Residence @ The Betsy Hotel – South Beach, which offers short term residencies to aspiring and emerging LGBTQ writers.

All programs are free and open to the public. Each program enriches queer literary culture in South Florida, advances the careers of South Florida based queer writers and ensures queer voices are heard regardless of the political environment.


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The Knight Foundation (KF) will match every dollar you donate today up to $70,000. For example, when you donate $100, the KF will match it giving RQ a total of $200.


WHY READING QUEER VITAL FOR THE COMMUNITY:  With rapidly changing conceptions of gender and sexuality and a historical moment defined by racialized forms of violence against various marginalized groups of queer-identified people, Reading Queer empowers and provides a safe space for aspiring, emerging and established writers, artists and mentors. Reading Queer serves as both respite and resource to amplify queer voices and effect change. Our mission is simple: foster and promote queer literary culture in South Florida.


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This Ain’t Your Momma’s Poetry’: Writers Showcase at Miami Book Fair”

by Craig Stanley NBC NEWS

Poetry is having a moment in Miami.

“Paris is Still Burning”, an energetic poetry reading and performance showcased contemporary LGBT poets of color this week.

Four artists, known for their work exploring social, racial and economic justice, were handpicked to read and perform at an event held by the Reading Queer Literary Festival at the 32nd annual Miami Book Fair…(Read more on NBC News: jump here.)


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