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Upcoming LBGT arts festival heavy on the literary

June 3, 2009 |  1:59 pm


Eloise Klein Healy, pictured, is one of the poets making the trip from L.A. to San Francisco for the National Queer Arts Festival, a six week-long festival of music, dance, visual art, spoken word, poetry, comedy, fashion and theater. 

With hundreds of events taking place in 18 venues across the city, you might think that poetry and literature would be drowned out. But in fact, one of the highlights is Testimonies, Chisme, Spilling the Tea on Monday, an evening of poetry featuring Dorothy Allison, Rigoberto González, D.A. Powell and Angelenos Healy, Ching-In Chen and Griselda Suárez. Tickets run from $12-$20.

The festival, which began in late May and continues through July 11, is organized by the Queer Cultural Center. It's now in its 12th year.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times