Yesterday was the 6th annual Rainbow Book Fair in New York City. It is the largest GLBT book fair in the country and provides an opportunity for writers, presses, and the public to come together to celebrate GLBT books. This was my third time attending.
The Rainbow Book Fair will always hold a special place in my literary journey because it was at the fair in 2012 that I officially launched my first book He Do the Gay Man in Different Voices. I did a short reading from the book and my press was there with a table. It was partly my introduction to the New York gay literary scene. At the time, I was living in Florida and hoping to move to New York City.
Now I live in New York and I've attended the last two years. This year I read as part of the Poetry Salon (I'm not a huge fan of marathon readings, but I survived). I read a poem from my first book and one from my upcoming book A History of the Unmarried.
The fair always provides a nice way to connect with people I don't see on a regular basis (like my publisher Bryan Borland). It's also a friendly reminder that there is a community and audience for GLBT books of all kinds. I had a good time seeing my fellow writers and sharing a piece from my new book.
Here are some photos from the event: