PARIS IS STILL BURNING | NOVEMBER 18th 2015 | PRODUCED BY READING QUEER, MIAMI BOOK FAIR & THE OLYMPIA THEATER
Inspired by the legendary documentary film “Paris is Burning” and the queer counterculture it documents, Paris Is Still Burning showcased some of the most prominent contemporary queer poets of color whose work reveals and explores various forms of social, racial and economic injustice. Originally produced by Patricia Smith at AWP 2015, Paris Is Still Burning is a reading and performance by LAMBDA Literary Award Winner Danez Smith, Justin Phillip Reed, David Tomas Martinez & Dawn Lundy Martin.
The reading was followed by a mini “ball”—a mix between a drag pageant and a queer performance competition—featuring members of South Florida’s own bourgeoning ballroom scene. Performers will compete for grand prizes in two categories–realness and voguing.