back @ Saints + Sinners

After rounds of elliptical chat he was approached by a guy from about twenty miles away. Darios was a Creole blend of African, Native, and French, according to his description. ‘I’m a country boy who can’t stay out of the city,’ read his quote. Benny found his messages honest and funny:‘SO R U down for some fun? It’s been a minute for me,’ he wrote, with the winking emoji. He was a ramp agent at the airport and lived with his family in Luling. Benny fell asleep before he could answer. 

-excerpt from “Benny Aboard”

I returned to Saints + Sinners in New Orleans this year, reconnected with some old friends, made some new ones, read, participated on a panel on nostalgia/memory, partied, and got into some trouble in the Bywater.

NOSTALGIA AS A CREATIVE ACT: MOVING FROM MEMORY TO FICTION panel, moderated by Alan Williams, with fellow panelists Lucian Childs, Andrew Holleran, and Patrick Earl Ryan (IF WE WERE ELECTRIC)

READING the above bite from “Benny Aboard” and the flash piece “The Marielito.” Honored be on the bill with fellow New Yorkers David Santos Donaldson (GREENLAND) and Charles Rice Gonzalez (CHULITO)

Tubby & Coos on-site bookshop

Special thanks to Paul Willis for his tireless work on this fab queer festival.

Thank you for the love.