Happy September, all! I believe it was Chris Rock who once said that there's "no sex in the champagne room." Luckily he never wrote a song about The Sultan Room because I'm super excited to share that I'll be a featured reader at the Les Bleus Literary Salon on Thursday, September 28th, alongside Nora Fussner (The Invisible World), Prachi Gupta (They Called Us Exceptional: And Other Lies That Raised Us), Tiffany Clarke Harrison (Blue Hour), and Yuxi Lin (RHINO, Michigan Quarterly, Longreads).
Les Bleus Literary Salon launched in February 2014 in a small boutique on the Lower East Side. Since then, Les Bleus has hosted more than 400 readers across apartments, restaurants, backyards and Zoom screens.
The event will be held on the rooftop of the aforementioned The Sultan Room (234 Starr Street, Brooklyn). Doors open at 6:30pm.
Anyone interested in attending can RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or on Instagram @lesbleusliterarysalon. Only those who have RSVP'd (and have been confirmed) will be admitted.
Hope to see you!
I was honored to join host Oaky Tyree on the Tell Me About Your Book podcast this week to discuss grief - in all its many shapes and colors - and how I translate the experience into my memoir, I'm Never Fine.
A fantastic experience with avowed champion of the indie author.
Listen below or wherever you stream!
In celebration of Red, White, & Royal Blue (@RWRBonPrime) premiering this Friday - and the gay agenda to make Uma Thurman president IRL - I took the liberty of filling out the cabinet of Ellen Claremont for Medium with an Uma for every department head.
This is MY America. The United States of UMERICA.
Read, clap, and share, kidz.
Some pretty crazy news, all.
On Monday, 8/14, I’ll be appearing as part of Brooklyn’s famed Franklin Park Reading Series alongside authors Brandon Taylor, Jenny Xie, Daniel Magariel, Rachel Cantor, and Elwin Cotman.
FP has been recommended and covered by numerous publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, the NY Daily News, BOMB, The Rumpus, the Paris Review and has hosted the likes of Roxane Gay, Colson Whitehead, Alexander Chee, Emma Straub and MORE.
How I’m in this company, I’ll never know. “Excited” is an understatement.
Come on out and support some awesome people in an awesome place. For more details, check out the Franklin Park site HERE.
And, we're back, in 3...2...1...
This week, I was humbled to have made my first morning news appearance on KGO-TV San Francisco (ABC7) in promotion of my book.
My heartfelt thanks to host, Reggie Aqui, for his care, his thoughtful consideration, and for using his platform to celebrate queer authors.
What a way to wrap up pride month 2023.
Watch the interview, in its entirety, HERE. ️
It's pride month and, as they say, we get by with a little help from our friends. And, in this case, allies. What allies, you ask? The LADIES.
That's why I'm super excited to be featured on WOMEN’s pride month reading list alongside the likes of Manuel Betancourt, Savran Kelly, Elliot Page, Brandon Taylor, and other ubertalents.
Check it out here.
I’m not even sure how to process this reality. For me, during my early education, reading was a fundamental and truly formative experience. It was transformative, transportive, it exposed me to a spectrum of perspectives and lived experiences. It was from reading that my love of language was born.
Somehow now, I’ve become a part of that experience for others. Seen below are students from Will Rogers High School in Oklahoma holding a selection of books from my publisher. And, my book numbers among them. I am without words.
You're invited to read that title in your best Lori Beth Denberg voice.
You're also invited to come watch me embarrass myself as I appear for a Local Author Visit at the library of my hometown: the Middletown Township Public Library.
I'll be reading from my recently released memoir and answering questions! And, so that I don't have to resort to asking myself questions in a variety of voices so as to simulate actual attendees, YOU SHOULD COME!
I mean it. Literally. Be there.
And, it always helps to let the venue know you're planning to attend.
So, be kind. Rewind. And register HERE.
I don't even know what to say about this one. Somehow, somewhere, someone who was feeling particularly generous saw fit to list my book, I'M NEVER FINE, among StyleCaster's recent list of the "Best Books of 2023...So Far." That someone is Greg Mania, and he is a credit to his last name.
For an emerging writer like myself to find his work numbering among the likes of Maggie Smith, Davon Loeb, Richard Mirabella, Gina Chung, and more...? This isn't real life. I'm not even sure it's fantasy.
But, I'm definitely feeling a little high about it. And, YOU can read the whole list HERE.
All posts are authored by Joe unless otherwise noted.