The annual Saints and Sinners LGBTQ Literary Festival will take place in New Orleans March 27-29. In this series, we introduce you to some of the writers in the all-star lineup for #SAS20 held in the heart of the French Quarter.
Ariadne Blayde is a playwright and novelist. Her plays have been finalists for The Arts and Letters Prize, the Tennessee Williams Playwriting Contest, Lark Playwrights Week, and more. Her play The Other Room won the VSA Playwright Discovery Award and has had more than 300 productions around the world. Ariadne lives in New Orleans and moonlights as a ghost tour guide in the French Quarter. “The Sultan’s Palace” is an excerpt from her (as yet) unpublished novel, Ash Tuesday.
Jeff Mann has published five books of poetry, Bones Washed with Wine, On the Tongue, Ash, A Romantic Mann, and Rebels; three collections of essays, Edge, Binding the God, and Endangered Species; a book of poetry and memoir, Loving Mountains, Loving Men; six novels, Fog, Purgatory, Cub, Salvation, Country, and Insatiable; and three volumes of short fiction, A History of Barbed Wire, Desire and Devour, and Consent. With Julia Watts, he co-edited LGBTQ Fiction and Poetry from Appalachia. The winner of two Lambda Literary Awards, he teaches creative writing at Virginia Tech.
Paula Martinac is the author of five novels, most recently Clio Rising (2019) and The Ada Decades, a finalist for the 2018 Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction. Her debut, Out of Time, won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, and her second novel, Home Movies, was a Lammy finalist. She has also published three nonfiction books, including The Queerest Places: A Guide to Gay and Lesbian Historic Sites. Martinac teaches fiction writing at UNC Charlotte and at the Charlotte Center for the Literary Arts.
For registration information: Sasfest.org Ambush readers can register with a 20% discount by using the code Ambush20 when registering.