Tales of Horror and Dread
Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

Tales of Horror and Dread

Tales of Horror & Dread II, an evening of horror and spooky stories. 7pm November 1st. $10. Featuring readings from Nino Cipri, Craig L. Gidney, Marianne Kirby, Nibedita Sen, dave ring and Jay Wolf. Nightmare soundscapes by Joe Zeranski. Ambiance by Miri Baker. Also: tarot readings, a necromancer cotillion, and who knows what else! Creepy dress encouraged; when in doubt, put a skull on it. Boo.

Presented by Neon Hemlock Press.

Tickets here.

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Business of Publishing: Genre Writing
Nov
16
1:00 PM13:00

Business of Publishing: Genre Writing

Are you interested in getting your genre writing published? Do you want tips and tricks on how to become a published author or how to self-publish? Have you considered marketing strategies to become a successful writer? Then join us for a panel discussion and Q&A featuring local authors and editors. Don’t forget to bring a pen and paper for notes!

Registration is required. Central Library, Humanities Department at 410-396-5487 or hum@prattlibrary.org.

Panelists include:

Sarah Pinsker, author of the novelette "Our Lady of the Open Road," winner of the Nebula Award, and over fifty other stories. Her first collection, Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea: Stories was published by Small Beer Press in March 2019, and her first novel, A Song For A New Day, was published by Berkley/Penguin/Random House in September 2019.

Dave Ring, chair of the OutWrite LGBTQ Book Festival in Washington, DC. He has stories featured or forthcoming in a number of publications, including Speculative City, GlitterShip, and A Punk Rock Future. He is the publisher and managing editor of Neon Hemlock Press, as well as the editor of Broken Metropolis: Queer Tales of a City That Never Was from Mason Jar Press.

K.M. Szpara, a queer and trans author who lives in Baltimore, MD, with a tiny dog. Kellan's debut alt-/near-future novel, Docile, will be published March 3, 2020 from Tor.com Publishing. He is the author of "Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time," a Hugo and Nebula nominated novelette about a gay trans man who's bitten by a vampire. More of his fiction can be found in venues such as Uncanny, Lightspeed, and Shimmer.

John Edward Lawson; who writes novels, short fiction, and poetry that has garnered nominations for many awards, including the Stoker and Wonderland Awards. In addition to being a founder of Raw Dog Screaming Press and former editor-in-chief of The Dream People, he currently serves as Vice President of Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction.

Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium

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3rd Annual DC Literary Pub Crawl
Sep
22
3:00 PM15:00

3rd Annual DC Literary Pub Crawl

It’s back! Barrelhouse is teaming up with MoonLit on Sunday, September 22 for the third annual DC Literary Pub Crawl.

This time around, we’re bringing contemporary and engaging literary voices directly into the Eastern Market/Capitol Hill community, showcasing and celebrating local literary artistry.

Schedule

3:00-4:00 - District Soul Food, featuring Tyrese Coleman, dave ring, and KaNikki Jakarta

4:00-5:00 - Radici, featuring Tyer Gof Barton, Tara Campbell, and Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

5:00-6:00 - Capitol Hill Books, featuring Zach Powers, Monica Prince, and Jaime Fountaine

In addition, after the event, Capitol Hill Books has been kind enough to offer their space for an after party from 6:00-7:00.

(I’ll be at District Soul Food during 3:00-4:00 time slot)

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Smut Slam: Queer Pride
Jun
19
7:00 PM19:00

Smut Slam: Queer Pride

“Taste the rainbow, bitches—it’s Pride month! Our third annual Pride show celebrates and elevates our queer AF community with stories of all our glorious variety, our hottest conquests and our coming-out sagas. Let’s get loud, toast to one of the country’s gayest cities, and cheer each other’s unique sexiness!”

Your fabulously queer femme-cees are as always Smut Slam DC co-producers Mindi Mimosa and Diva Darling, joined by a panel of local celebrity judges including burlesque goddess London St. Juniper, writer and editor Dave Ring, and DC After Dark co-organizer Dana, who are themselves out and proud.

(Not familiar with Smut Slam? It’s a storytelling open mic where audience members sign up for 5-minute slots to tell their best real-life, first-person, consensual sex stories. It’s queer-friendly, kink-friendly, lifestyle-friendly, body-positive, sex-positive, and wildly fun. No costumes, no notes, no gimmicks, just straight-up raw truth! See the full rules and how it works on our Rules of the Road page at http://dc.smutslam.com/rules.)

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Little Salon 46
Apr
30
7:00 PM19:00

Little Salon 46

We're ready to turn up the volume on DC-made creativity when we blow into a home in Bloomingdale on April 30 with an out-of-this-world lineup, including performance art by Katie Magician, speculative fiction by dave ring, ambient electronic music by Imka, photography by Artise Fletcher, and natural wine samples from Dio Wine Bar. Yes, there will be a fog machine. Yes, there will be sounds that make your feet tingle. Yes, we're gonna get cozy. And YES, you should be there. Tix up this Tuesday, 4/23, at 11am — they'll go quick, so grab yours early. Hope you can join us. #littlesalondc #littlesalon46

Tickets: http://littlesalondc.com/

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Smut Slam:  On the Edge
Oct
17
7:30 PM19:30

Smut Slam: On the Edge

I’ll be one of the judges at the October edition of Smut Slam. The theme is “On the Edge.” Tickets are $10 ahead of time and $15 at the door.

Smut Slam is a storytelling open mic where audience members sign up for 5-minute slots to tell their best real-life, first-person, consensual sex stories. It’s queer-friendly, kink-friendly, lifestyle-friendly, body-positive, sex-positive, and wildly fun. No costumes, no notes, no gimmicks, just straight-up raw truth!

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Father's Day at Politics & Prose: Raised by Unicorns
Jun
17
5:00 PM17:00

Father's Day at Politics & Prose: Raised by Unicorns

Frank Lowe, editor of "Raised by Unicorns" will be in attendance with contributors Jenny Rain and Emily Grubbs (along with his son, Mr. Briggs) for a book reading, signing, and discussion of LGBTQ+ parenting in America as told by children of LGBTQ+ parents!

Dave Ring and Laura Arandes from The DC Center/OUTWrite will be moderating the event.

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Mason Jar Press Reading
Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

Mason Jar Press Reading

Join us for a selection of readings from local indie press Mason Jar Press on June 12th at 7pm. 

Stephen Zerance is the author of Safe Danger (Indolent Books 2018). His poems have appeared in West Branch, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West, Assaracus, and Knockout, among others. He has also been featured on the websites of Lambda Literary and Split This Rock. He received his MFA from American University, where he received the Myra Sklarew award. 

dave ring is a speculative fiction writer and the community chair of the OutWrite LGBTQ Book Festival in Washington, DC. He was a 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow and a 2018 Futurescapes resident. dave has recently placed stories with Mythic Magazine and the upcoming issue of The Disconnect. He is also the editor of Broken Metropolis: Queer Tales of a City That Never Was, an anthology forthcoming from Mason Jar Press in July 2018. More info at www.dave-ring.com. Follow him on Twitter at @slickhop. 

Michelle Junot is the author of Notes From My Phone* a self-portrait in her twenties, and of and the floor was always lava, a collection of essays exploring childhood and memory.You can read more about and from her at michellejunot.com.

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What If?
May
21
6:30 PM18:30

What If?

The writers of the DC-based writing group the Speculative Wordsmiths will share short readings from some of their recent publications or works-in-progress to honor founding writer K. Ezemenari's upcoming hiatus. All welcome.

Readings from members K. Ezemenari, C.S. Malerich, Marianne Kirby, dave ring, Jahnavi Iyer, Jules Whitney, Luis Granados, & DJ Neace.

RSVP here.

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