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OutLoud Cleveland

April 6, 2018 6.30 to 8.00

OutLoud Cleveland is a reading and storytelling event that brings together writers of fiction, poetry, and storytellers from the LGBTQ+ community in Northeastern Ohio. The event will have two featured readers, poet Penelope Jeanne Girlblood and fiction writer Christopher Alonso, and will be MC'd by writer Alex DiFrancesco. Three slots will be open to submissions from Feb. 15th – March 15th, to greater represent the diversity and talents of the larger Northeast Ohio LGTBQ+ community. There will be a suggested donation of $10 at the door, but the event will be sliding scale so no community members with a desire to attend will be turned away. The talents of our community are far-ranging and diverse, and we're thrilled to showcase them on April 6th at the LGBTQ Center.

To submit your work for consideration, send it to Literary Cleveland at [email protected] with the subject line “OutLoud Cleveland submission.”


Penelope Jeanne Girlblood is a trans lesbian, a mother, and a a poet. She has had her work published in Zoomoozophone Review and Voicemail Poems. She is in the second year of her MFA at Cleveland State and she helps run the Lighthouse Reading Series through the CSU Poetry Center. In her free time she enjoys riding trains and browsing Craigslist.

Christopher R. Alonso was born in Miami to a Cuban family. He is a student of fiction at the Northeast Ohio MFA program, the current fiction editor at Jenny Magazine, and has contributed to the Miami Rail. He enjoys dancing flamenco and playing the piano. Find him on Twitter @ChrisRAlonso.

Alex DiFrancesco is a writer of fiction, creative nonfiction, and journalism who has published work in Tin House, The Washington Post, Pacific Standard, and more. Their first novel, a​n acid western, was published in 2015, and their essay collection Psychopomps (Civil Coping Mechanisms Press) and their second novel All City (Seven Stories Press) are forthcoming in Spring of 2019. They can be found @DiFantastico on Twitter, or, more often, snuggling their cat, Sylvia.

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