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Lesbian Voices Persist and Prevail

Schedule for ReadOut 2021

All times are Eastern Standard Time zone unless otherwise stated

A printable PDF of this schedule is available here.

**To join the festival events, visit our Eventbrite page**

Friday, February 26, 2021 

4:30pm-5:00pm EST (Live)

Welcome to ReadOut 2021:

Susan Gore of ReadOut 2021 and the LGBTQ+ Resource Center  


5:00pm-6:00pm EST (Live)

Pod / Interactive live-streamed session:

Susan Stinson & Sally Bellerose in Conversation (click for more info)


6:00pm-6:30pm EST

Pod / Pre-recorded session:

Ellen Levy / Lesbian Fiction Writers with Elena Graf and Cheryl Head (click for more info)

6:30pm-7:30pm EST

Pearls: Opening Pearls / Pre-recorded readings with multiple authors:

RJ Samuel, An Outsider Inside; Sandra Gail Lambert, A Certain Loneliness; Bonnie Morris, Earlier Households; S.W. Andersen, A Call to Justice; Erin Zak, The Other Women; Mercedes Lewis, Glimpses of a Fractured Soul; Ellen Hoil, Traumatic Love; Carren Strock, Tangled Ribbons; Sue Katz, A Raisin in My Cleavage

Saturday, February 27, 2021

9:00am-10:00am EST

Pearls: Poetry & Politics / Pre-recorded readings with multiple authors:

Terry Baum, One Dyke’s Theater; Renee Bess, Between a Rock and a Soft Place; Giovanna Capone, “Playing with Fire”; Thea Iberall, The Swallow and the Nightingale; Kai Lorde, “Ev’ry Nigga Ain’t a Star,” & other poems; Lynn Ames, "46"; Janet Aalfs, Bird of a Thousand Eyes; Robin Hopkins/Jaimie Kelton, If These Ovaries Could Talk; Betty Jean SteinshouerLong Road from Red Cloud 


10:00am-10:30am EST

Playtime / Women’s Music:

Dr. Jazz Normand New Orleans Jazz (click for more info)


10:30am-12:00pm EST (Live)

Pod / Interactive live-streamed session: 

Rose Norman / Southeast Lesbian Writers with Corky Culver, Barbara Esrig, Debra Gish, Gail Reeder, B. Leaf Cronewrite, Merril Mushroom, Rand Hall, and Marie Steinwachs (click for more info)


12:00pm-12:30pm EST

Playtime / Women’s Music:

Barbara Ester and Beth York (click for more info


12:30pm-1:00pm EST

Pod / On Speculative Fiction:

Tenea D. Johnson (click for more info)


1:00pm-2:30pm EST

Pearls: Mystery & Fantasy / Pre-recorded readings by multiple authors:

Karen F. Williams, Coyote Blues; Lynn C. Miller, The Unmasking; Kelly Wacker, Aspen in Moonlight; Meredith Doench, Deadeye; Elle E. Ire, Patchwork; Toni Logan, Share the Moon; Dusty Miller, Danger Under Ground; S.T. Simper, The Fate of Stars; Carolyn Elizabeth, The Other Side of Forestlands Lake; Anne Laughlin, Money Creek; Karelia Stetz-Waters, Satisfaction Guaranteed; Jess WilburnA Far Better Thing; E.F. SchraederLiar: Memoir of a Haunting


2:30pm–4:00pm EST (Live)

Pod / Interactive live-streamed session: 

Sue Katz / Writing Elders with Jocelyn Watson, Jane Fleishman, and Carolyn Gage

(click for more info)


4:00pm-4:30pm EST

Playtime / Women’s Comedy:

Fay Jacobs / 50 Shades of Fay (click for more info)

Saturday, February 27, 2021

4:30pm–6:00pm EST (Live)

Pod / Interactive live-streamed session: 

Elana Dykewomon / Swimming in the Lesbian Depths with Barbara Ruth, Canyon Sam, Penny Micklebury, and Achy Obejas (click for more info)

6:00pm-7:00pm EST

Playtime / “Special Treat” Women’s Music from 1975 to Present:
Margie Adam with Chris Williamson, Meg Christian, and Holly Near

Kristen Ford

Melanie DeMore

Sharon Katz and the Peace Train
An hour of women’s music videos for you during our dinner break. Enjoy! (click for more info)

7:00pm-8:30pm EST

Pod / Evening Performance: 

Carolyn Gage for a pre-recorded staged reading of  “Artemisia and Hildegard: An Exorcism in One Act" (click for more info)

Sunday, February 28, 2021

9:00am-10:30am EST

Pearls: Memory / Pre-recorded readings by multiple authors:

Jeanine DrJazz Normand, Sentenced to Lesbian Conversion Camp, or Why Can't I Control My Dreams?; Nancy ManahanOn My Honor; Becky Thacker, Amazon Girls Handbook; Lois McGuinessPeople Like Us; D'Lisa DarLuz, My Choice Not to Choose; Sara Yager, "Coming Out" outcome; Helen Renee Brawner, "Getting Sober in AA"; Kimberly DarkFat, Pretty and Soon to Be Old; Sallyanne Monti, Light at the End of the Tunnel; Edie Daly, Old Lesbian Memory Quilt; Sonja Franeta, My Pink Road to Russia; Winn Gilmore, The Oyster

10:30am-12:00pm EST (Live)

Pod / Interactive live-streamed session: 

Sheree Greer / Writing and Working Across Communities with Adrien Julious-Butler, Andrea Assaf, Chelsea Catherine, and Silk-Jazmyne Hindus (click for more info  

12:00pm-12:30pm EST

Playtime / Women’s Music: 

Brittany Baldwin (click for more info)

12:30pm-1:00pm EST

Playtime / Women’s Music:

Hardened & Tempered (click for more info)

1:00pm-2:00pm EST

Pearls: Romance / Pre-recorded readings by multiple authors: 

Hilary McCollum, Golddigger; Anna Burke, Night Tide; Jaycie Morrison, The Found JarJB Marsden, Yancy in Love; Riley Scott, On the RocksLuci Dreamer, Burden of Happiness; Becky Bohan, A Light on Altered LandRita Potter, Broken not Shattered; Carol Anne Douglas, Lancelot: Her StoryMB Caschetta, Pretend I'm Your Friend; Lila Bruce, Falling SlowlyKathleen Culver, "Song"

2:00pm-2:30pm EST (Live)

Playtime / Women’s Music:

Tret Fure (click for more info)


2:30pm-4:00pm EST (Live)

Pod / Interactive live-streamed session:

Liz Edman / Feminist Theology (click for more info)


4:00pm-4:30pm EST

Playtime / Women’s Performance:

Nia & Ness (click for more info)

4:30pm-6:00pm EST (Live)

Pod / Interactive live-streamed session: 

J.M. Redmann / Women of Mystery with Katherine Forrest, Carsen Taite, Cheryl Head, and Jessie Chandler (click for more info)

6:00pm-6:30pm EST (Live)

Virtual Celebration and Talkback

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