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Fire & Ink Presents! Literary Love in St. Louis

Our ongoing journey to bring the literary love of LGBTQ Black writers to Black Gay Pride events across the country has continued all summer.

Next up? Meet us in St. Louis!

Join author Tim’m West and many others at St. Louis Black Pride this weekend, August 15-17th from 3:00pm – 4:00pm at Drury Plaza Hotel, #2 South 4th Street, St. Louis, MO.

What’s A Word Worth: The Spoken and Written Word of The Black LGBT Community: African American LGBT persons have made great contributions to the literary and spoken word art forms. This discussion group celebrates those contributions by highlighting local spoken word artis, and nationally recognized authors. Brought to you by St. Louis’ own Sista Speak, this workshop will certainly increase your knowledge and appreciation for this form of artistic expression.

The event will be facilitated by “AP of St. Louis Black Pride” — “AP” is Audrey Pearson, a member of the St. Louis Pride programming committee, as well as of Sistah Speak, a St. Louis performance poetry group.

Flirting, by Tim'm WestTim’m T. West is an author/publisher, poet, emcee, and activist who in 1999 co-founded Deep Dickollective, the black queer rap outfit known for putting the subgenre referenced as “Homo Hop” on the map. In 2003 he released a critically acclaimed poetic memoir Red Dirt Revival; in 2005, a chapbook, BARE. In July 2007 West released the highly anticipated Flirting through Red Dirt Publishing. Musically, he released his solo debut, Songs from Red Dirt on Cellular Records in 2004 and in July 2007, Blakkboy Blue(s). He has appeared in several documentaries including but not limited to Alex Hinton’s Pick Up the Mic (LOGO) and Byron Hurt’s Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes (PBS/Independent Lens). In July 2008 West relocated to Houston, Texas, where he happily resides.

Tim’m will be reading from his new book, Flirting is Tim’m T. West’s poignant follow-up to Red Dirt Revival: a poetic memoir in six breaths. Flirting is expressed through poetry, prose and essays; in it, West flirts with memory, girls, boys, danger, politics, and romance.

Click here to review the rest of the event schedule in St. Louis and meet us there!

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