Many of you have met me in person and if you have, you may also know that it freaks me out a little to get up in front of people, whether it’s to sit on a panel or do a reading. And now, tomorrow evening, I will be doing the mother of all LGBT readings: the Lambda Literary Finalists Reading at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in Soho in Manhattan. To say that I’m nervous is putting it mildly. I mean, I’m pretty good at putting certain things out of my mind. You know, I’m kind of like Scarlett O’Hara that way. I’ll put off thinking about stuff until tomorrow. There’s always tomorrow.
But tomorrow is almost here and I’m starting to feel the pangs of anxiety. I’ve sort of gotten used to stepping up in front of people at GCLS because I know a lot of you guys out there. But this crowd will be an entirely different animal. It will be mostly strangers, men and women. I’m sure there will be press there, and there will definitely be some damn good writers, who will most likely make me feel quite insecure (from their work, not their demeanor).
If you will be in the New York area on Friday, April 24, come to the reading. It’s free and should be a great night of stories and people watching. My cohort, Andi Marquette, will also be reading! Yes, that’s right. This is a big deal, so she’s flying out to join in the fun. We will both be reading from our stories in All You Can Eat: A Buffet of Lesbian Romance & Erotica. Here’s the full line-up of readers:
Craig L. Gidney
Alexis De Veaux
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
26 Wooster St. (near Grand St.)
New York City
Begins 6:30 p.m.
I hope to see some of you there.