Miami New Times interviews Neil de la Flor about Reading Queer: Poetry In A Time of Chaos

Miami New Times interviews Neil de la Flor about Reading Queer: Poetry In A Time of Chaos, a new anthology he co-editedwith  Maureen Seaton. 

Excerpt: “As Miami’s cultural landscape boomed in the past decade — with the influx of major art fairs, new museums, and local galleries opening in up-and-coming neighborhoods — the city’s queer culture was in flux. Reading Queer, a Knight Foundation-sponsored cultural organization, is looking to change that fact by highlighting voices from a community that remains fractured between Miami and Fort Lauderdale. Recently, the group announced a publication deal for a paperback anthology of poetry from local bards and internationally recognized queer writers.”

“’I think it’s the first Miami-based anthology of queer voices,” says founder Neil de la Flor, who has also contributed to New Times. ‘Poetry has had a resurgence because of the political climate and the need to huddle together and connect. Queer writers have an ever greater need to reach each other through every means,’ he says, including social media and poetry.'”

“Thanks to Reading Queer, Miami’s LGBTQ community has had a forum that gives voice to underrepresented stories. It’s badly needed in a city whose queer culture was split in two after the gentrification of South Beach.”

Read the full article here

Reading Queer: Poetry in a Time of Chaos

I’m happy to announce the forthcoming anthology Reading Queer: Poetry In A Time of Chaos, (Anhinga Press, 2018), which brings together fifty LGBTQ poets in the spirit and solidarity of poetry at its finest and fiercest. 

Pre-order now @ http://www.anhingapress.org/poetry/reading-queer-poetry-in-a-time-of-chaos

Edited by Neil de la Flor and Maureen Seaton, Reading Queer: Poetry in a Time of Chaos is vulnerable, sexy, heartbreaking, revolutionary. It’s poetry that pushes against and beyond boundaries in both form and content.

Featuring: Thalo Kersey, Aaron Smith, Bryan Borland, Caridad Moro-Fronlier, Cathleen Chambless, Celeste Gainey, cin salach, Collin Kelley, Eduardo C. Corral, Elizabeth Bradfield, Ellen Bass, Farah Milagros Yamini, Gem Blackthorn, Gerry Gomez Pearlberg, Gregg Shapiro, Holly Iglesias, James Allen Hall, Jan Becker, Jason Schneiderman, Jen Benka, Jim Elledge, JV Portela, Joseph O. Legaspi, JP Howard, Julie Marie Wade, Julie R. Enzer, Justin Torres, Kevin Simmonds, L. Lamar Wilson, Lori Anderson, Megan Volpert, Meredith Camel, Phillip B. Williams, Qwo-Li Driskill, Ruben Quesada, sam sax, Samiya Bashir, Samuel Ace, Seth Pennington, Shane Allison, Stacey Waite, Stephanie Lane Sutton, Stephen S. Mills, Tara Burke, Ching-In Chen, Nicholas Wong, tc tolbert and Valerie Wetlaufer.

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Ensure that queer voices are never silenced. Donate today and support the launch of Reading Queer: Poetry in a Time of Chaos. The Knight Foundation will match every dollar that you donate today (up to $70,000). Example: Donate $50 and the Knight Foundation wil match your $50 giving Reading Queer a total donation of $100. 

Double your impact today. Donate nowreadingqueer.org/donate.


About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation: Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit knightfoundation.org/.

Summer 2017: California Dreaming

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According to the Farmer’s Almanac, “Hundreds of years ago, many farmers would seal their barns with linseed oil, which is an orange-colored oil derived from the seeds of the flax plant. To this oil, they would add a variety of things, most often milk and lime, but also ferrous oxide, or rust. … It turned the mixture red in color.”

DSC05337A barren tree en route through Yosemite National Park.

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An elf with his Pokemon contemplating life at Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park.

DSC05137 Petrified wood on Sentinel Dome @ 8,124 feet. Yosemite National Park.

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A lizard with blue dots on Sentinel Dome @ 8,124 feet. Yosemite National Park.

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A hiker on Sentinel Dome @ 8,124 feet. Yosemite National Park.

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A butterfly on Sentinel Dome @ 8,124 feet. Yosemite National Park.

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Snowmelt on Sentinel Dome @ 8,124 feet. Yosemite National Park.

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Bride Veil Falls, Yosemite National Park.

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Emerald Bay. Lake Tahoe, CA.

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Lake Tahoe, CA.

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Shipwreck with Lady Bug. Lake Tahoe, CA.

*All photographs copyright Neil de la Flor, 2017.

Exodus

A break from preparing tax returns lead to “Exodus”, a new image from a new photographic series called TxT. Thanks to Bessy Grisell Morales & Andre Martinez for letting me translate their wedding imagery into language, which kind of looks like the conga line that never took place during the reception.

Bernice Steinbaum Returns With New Coconut Grove Gallery

I wrote about visionary gallerist Bernice Steinbaum for the Miami New Times. Here’s an excerpt:

“Above the entrance to the gallery space hangs a neon sign that reads “Know BS,” a slogan Steinbaum has used in the past that cheekily references her initials. But in this space, the command takes on a solemn meaning: To “know BS” here is to understand culture. Inside Steinbaum’s home, the past, present, and future are transformed into a seamless tapestry composed of countless threads and seams. Steinbaum slips us inside that rarified world, allowing us to see ourselves, our hands, and those of our ancestors, weaving the threads that bind us all together.”

Read the entire article here.

Thankful

It’s been an exhilarating and exhausting year. Strange and wondrous. Politically queer and quite peculiar, but rewarding nonetheless. Last night (or was it the night before?),  I received a $70,000 Knight Arts Challenge Miami grant on behalf of Reading Queer, a literary organization that I co-founded with Maureen Seaton & Paula Kolek in 2013. 

The KACM grant will strengthen Reading Queer and its mission to foster and promote queer literary culture in South Florida by expanding the annual RQ Literary Festival, which is the first and only queer centric literary festival of its kind in the region. The grant will also empower us to help advance the careers of emerging and established queer-identified writers through an expanded RQ Writing Academy, an series of writer workshops, and the RQ Writers In Residence, collaboration with The Betsy Hotel-South Beach. 

Like all good things, there’s never a free ride. The grant is a challenge, which means hat we first raise the money first and then receive matching funds from the Knight Foundation, so we need your financial support to continue our work in the community. 

Donate now: readingqueer.org/donate.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation: Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit knightfoundation.org/.