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Thank You!

… to the hundreds of attendees, presenters,
vendors, sponsors, and the city of Austin for making
Fire & Ink III: Cotillion a smashing success!

Keep an eye out for Nikky Finney’s rousing Keynote Address, which will be uploaded here soon.

Were you there? Please click over to the Fire & Ink Facebook Group to share your experience, and upload your pics and videos to the Group where those who couldn’t make it - and those who could - can relive the wonderful time we all created together. Keep an eye out for more information about future Fire & Ink events coming soon … In the meantime, Fire & Ink still needs your support now more than ever! Click here to find out how you can help us keep the momentum going now and into the future! Most of all — thank you.

Thank you. Thank you.
-Fire & Ink, Inc.

“Mixing ‘page’ and ‘stage’ poets with fiction writers, filmmakers, playwrights, journalists and academics at all stages of their careers, the groundbreaking Fire & Ink: A Writers Festival for GLBT People of African Descent, held in Chicago in 2002, helped introduce a wide range of writers to each other and their work in ways previous, mainly non-black writers’ gatherings and small literary salons could not match.”

–“Out No Doubt,” Black Issues Book Review

In 2009, Fire & Ink III: Cotillion will bring together hundreds of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender writers of African descent whose work spans the genres, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, multimedia arts and performance arts. Join writers, readers, thinkers, scholars, editors, publishers, curators, audio and visual artists, students, teachers, media professionals and art lovers from around the country to:

CREATE a body of writers dedicated to reversing negative trends in cultural, literary and artistic marketplaces, while creating more positive, powerful arenas for those expressions.

TEACH, inspire and encourage each other while creating lasting alliances.

DISCUSS the position and importance of Black LGBT literature, culture and artistic expression in the context of national and world literature and artwork.

DEVELOP and implement strategies to encourage universities, libraries, mainstream and independent bookstores and other venues to integrate more LGBT literature and artwork created by writers of African descent within and outside of traditional curricula and offerings.

PLAN, share and implement professional and artistic opportunities.


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