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Multicultural LGBT Literary Foundation to host "Native Lesbian Writers"

SAN DIEGO, California -- The Multicultural LGBT Literary Foundation will partner with the San Diego Central Library to host Native American writers and activists Chrystos and Janice Gould.

The event, titled A Regathering of Spirit: Native Lesbian Writers is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13 from 6-8 pm and will feature a resource and book fair, a reading and performance by the authors in the library’s auditorium, and a book signing afterward.

This event will mark the first time a Native American author has performed a reading in the new Central Library. Event organizers say this will be especially meaningful for the LGBT community in San Diego because the authors are also lesbian.

A Regathering of Spirit: Native Lesbian Writers is part of the Literary Foundation’s ReadOut program, which brings authors from all over the country to San Diego (often for the first time) to share their work.

Chrystos is an internationally-recognized poet and activist of Menominee descent who contributed to the book "This Bridge Called My Back" and was the keynote speaker at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's 2011 Creating Change Conference, one of the largest LGBT conferences in the country. Chrystos will read and perform selections from her full body of work, including rare and out of print titles, many of which will be available for purchase after the reading.

Gould is a Koyoonk’auwi poet who was just named the Poet Laureate of the Pikes Peak region. She has received awards for her writing from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Astraea Foundation, and she has contributed greatly to the growing academic field of Native American Studies. Because San Diego County is home to a number of tribes and has a significant Native population, programming focused on Native issues is especially important.

Foundation leaders say they are extremely proud to collaborate with the San Diego Public Library in ensuring that San Diegans have access to such programming.

The reading will take place in the Central Library’s auditorium, located at 330 Park Blvd. Those interested in attending can reserve a seat in advance by purchasing a $12 ticket HERE or, if available, general admission seating will be offered at the door on a first-come, first-served basis for a $12 suggested donation.

No one will be turned away for lack of funds. For more information, visit the Foundation HERE.

About The Multicultural LGBT Literary Foundation

The Multicultural LGBT Literary Foundation is an up-and-coming nonprofit whose mission is to preserve, promote, and teach works by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender artists of color and whose vision is to nurture cultural awareness, anti-racism, and historical literacy in San Diego’s various communities. The organization has been operating in San Diego for close to two years and holds various literary festivals and events throughout the year. The Foundation is the nation’s only non-profit to focus exclusively on literature and art by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of color.