Fire & Ink III: Be a part of it!

Fire & Ink, Inc. is setting 2009 ablaze! We’re thrilled to release our Request for Proposals for Fire & Ink III: Cotillion.


Fire & Ink III: Cotillion will begin on Thursday, October 8th and conclude on National Coming Out Day, October 11, 2009.

Fire & Ink: Cotillion will bring together hundreds of LGBT writers of African descent whose work spans the genres, including: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, multi-media arts and performance arts. Attendees include writers and scholars, as well as editors, publishers, curators, audio and visual artists, students, teachers, thinkers, media professionals, readers and art lovers.

Cotillion aims 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.

Fire & Ink has already had a great deal of interest.

You can help by submitting a <1,000 word abstract by January 6, 2009, to let us know what you’re thinking and ensure priority consideration. Abstracts should be submitted by email to

Please include the following in your Abstract Proposal:

  • Title of the Paper
  • Organizer
    o (including Proposed Participants)
  • Abstract (500-1000 words)
  • Abstracts Deadline: January 6, 2009.
  • Full Proposal Deadline: March 30, 2009.

Possible subjects for workshops, panels and plenary fall in three categories:

1. How-to workshops

Examples: memoir writing, poetry writing, screenwriting, song writing, short fiction writing, YA fiction writing, chapbook production, starting a book club, finding voice, organizing readings. “Beginning” through “Advanced” workshops sought.

2. Publishing, publicity and marketing

Examples: manuscript review, submissions process, electronic/online blogging and publishing, print-on-demand, writers web sites, book marketing, finding an agent, finding a publisher.

3. This historical moment—looking back, now and forward

Examples: AIDS writing, YA fiction, literacy and activism, new writers/new voices, from stage to page and back, teaching black LGBT poetics and literature, the role of the black LGBT writer in this historic moment, cancer writing, taboo writing.

For Full Proposals:

Please title your workshop or panel and include a brief bio for each facilitator, along with a one-paragraph description of your workshop or panel that includes the following information: what questions are you exploring, why is this conversation timely and necessary, how will the workshop or panel further the goals of Fire & Ink: Cotillion; how are you uniquely qualified to lead your proposed workshop or panel, and any special audiovisual or technical requests (NOTE: Presenters should bring their own laptop computers.) you need for presentation. If proposing a workshop, specify workshop duration; panel session length is 1.5 to 2 hours.

• Include full contact information for applicant.

• Abstracts Deadline: January 6, 2009.

• Full Proposal Deadline: March 30, 2009.

• E-mail proposals to, with subject heading “RFP: Cotillion.”

• We will acknowledge receipt of your proposal within 48 hours.

• Each applicant is limited to three proposals.

We will notify applicants about proposal acceptance by April 30, 2009.

A modest honorarium may be available.

For more information about Fire & Ink, Inc. visit

Download the RFP here.

There are 7 comments. Add Yours.

Ari Chagoya —

I noticed a few of my Chicana friends from Tejas are going to the event in Austin, is this open to Latinos as well? Or just latinos of African Descent?
Thanks for your good work. I am letting all my friends here in Arkansas know about it.

Samiya —

Hi Ari! It’s open to anyone interested in, supportive of and working with lgbt writers of African descent. Our attendees include everyone and of course our chicana/o and latina/o brethren and sistren are beyond welcome! come on down, sis! let’s have a ball! :)

Margaret Bass —

Would just like to remind Ari that there are many Latino/as of African descent. Y’all come!

Margaret Bass —

Sorry, the rest of my message was deleted. Anyway, even those Latinas who are not are still sisters in the struggle. I am enthusiastic about the conference and the gathering of us!

Ari Chagoya —

Thanks you all Im bringing as many black native and latinos that I can. Im the president of Little Rock Capital Pride and do community radio here in Little Rock. I will make sure there are flyers and announcements on our new LGBT radio show-Under the Rainbow. We have some LGBT good artists, writers etc here and this is very exciting to us here. I will send you info so you can download our show when it starts next week.Thanks for all your work

Margaret Bass —

AWESOME! I hope we get to meet!



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