2013 Schedule and Tickets

Thank you
Thank You For Attending the Festival!

The Saints and Sinners Festival would like to thank everyone who came out this year to help make our Festival a great success! We strive to provide the best program we can and look forward each year to seeing such wonderful patrons and friends.

Hope you all had as great a time as we did. Here’s to an even greater Festival in 2015!

Buy Tickets

First, peruse our schedule below. When you see something you like, make note of the ticket code (listed beneath the description for each event). You’ll need this code for the events you want to attend when purchasing tickets online.

If you’re planning on going to a lot of events (and why wouldn’t you!), we suggest purchasing a Weekend Panel Pass, Saturday Day Pass, Sunday Day Pass, or a Reading Series Pass. Single Panel Passes ($10) will be available onsite during the Festival only.

Last, but not least, purchase your tickets! There are three ways to buy:

  1. Online from our ticketing agent, Vendini.
  2. Call us at (504) 581-1144 and we can take your order over the phone.
  3. Onsite: If you don’t purchase tickets before the Festival, you can still get them at our box office at the Hotel Monteleone, Royal Salon A during the Festival, Friday through Sunday, 9 AM to 5 PM. All tickets are available for sale at this location, provided that the event has not already sold out.

Thursday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m.: Book Launch Party/Fundraiser ($35)

The 10th anniversary Saints and Sinners Literary Festival opens with an evening of (complimentary) cocktails and readings from the anthology Saints and Sinners 2013: New Fiction from the Festival. At this book launch party to benefit the Festival and the NO/AIDS Task Force, finalists from the 4th Annual Short Fiction Contest will read from their creative works. All guests receive a copy of the book — published by Bold Strokes Books — and can be the first to sample the anthology’s Saints and Sinners-themed stories.

Ticket Code: BookLaunchTh7pm
Date: Thursday, May 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Bienbille/Iberville Room, Mezzanine Level, Hotel Monteleone

Friday, May 24: MASTER CLASSES ($25 for each selection/two per time period to choose from)

The Saints and Sinners Literary Festival’s literary program opens with a series of Master Classes by leading authors. Each session is 1 hour and 15 minutes with a lively give-and-take between audience and facilitators. Authors will sign books.

This year’s slate includes:

10:00 a.m.
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Price: $25
Royal B, Hotel Monteleone
In both memoir and fiction we often have a clear vision of what will happen when we start to write a scene.  We are sometimes trapped by our own expectation of what should, would or did happen in the scenes we create. Instead of allowing them to unfold naturally, we try to force them into our “fixed” idea of what they should be. This is because we think we “know” what happened and what we want to show. Elana Dykewomon, author of seven award-winning books, will lead this workshop in exploring the various ways to reclaim your scene from your own expectations. Bring your preferred writing implements.

10:00 a.m.
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Price: $25
Royal CD, Hotel Monteleone
Crafting autobiography seems like a cinch, after all, it’s your life, isn’t it? Until you find yourself asking “Wait! Did that really happen?” and “Did it really happen that way?” and “Can I really tell that story?” and “Will I be sued–beaten up–lose my license, passport,(fill in the blank) if I tell this story truthfully?” Felice Picano, author of five memoirs including 2011 prize winner, True Stories: Portraits From My Past, has faced all of these issues and more and will open up to you about how to face and deal with them.

Jess Wells11:30 a.m.
Ticket Code: MCWellsFr1130am
Price: $25
Royal B, Hotel Monteleone
Go from a wordsmith to an artist by understanding the key role that theme plays in your fiction. Deft handling of theme and it’s multiple facets is what drives plot, characterization, setting, in shortit’s the key to making art. Work with Jess Wells on identifying the theme in your work, crafting the “only to discover that” moment in your plot/story-arc/characterization, and the way to make your characters the embodiment of theme.

Justin Torres11:30 a.m.
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Price: $25
Royal CD, Hotel Monteleone
We will have a conversation about the transformation of personal experience into fiction. How do we achieve distance? What are the ethical challenges? How do we balance our desire to protect loved ones with our writerly instincts: exposure, invention, drama? Why choose fiction over memoir? What does fiction offer? I’ll talk a bit about my own experience writing and publishing, but this class will take the form of a discussion, not a lecture.

Dorothy Allison1:30 p.m.
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Price: $25
Royal CD, Hotel Monteleone
Let’s talk frankly about the performance aspect of reading off the page. What if you are a better reader than you are a writer? Can performance become a part of the craft? Is there a set of rules and exercises that help make this process more useful? Can performative aspects detract from the written work? How do you train yourself to use performance to improve the work on the page? Is performance necessarily a lesser work? Finally, are there ways to write out verbal expressions that enliven performance but seem awkward or obscure on the page? These are just a few of the things we will cover in my workshop on the performative aspects of writing.

1:30 p.m.
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Price: $25
Royal B, Hotel Monteleone
Variously labeled Sudden Fiction, Flash Fiction, Micro-Fiction, and Short-Shorts, a very brief form of the traditional short story has been practiced by American writers since the 1960s. This form of the traditional short story has been practiced by some of our most important and exciting contemporary writers, including John Cheever, Donald Barthelme, Tobias Wolff, Mary Robison, Raymond Carver, and Lydia Davis. How does a writer compress narrative into a precise, distilled form that has the impact of a much larger story? Join Bernard Cooper’s master class to find out.

3:00 p.m.
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Price: $25
Royal CD, Hotel Monteleone
Getting it right in a non-fiction piece isn’t just about telling the story exactly as it happened. The best creative non-fiction takes its readers on an odyssey before coming back home to its central argument, and writers of non-fiction need to walk a delicate line between staying true to the facts and creating a compelling narrative. In this Master Class, you’ll learn from respected writer and original Violet Quill member, Andrew Holleran about the importance of pace and selection of detail. Using Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood as a model, Holleran explains how the best non-fiction blends the novel’s arc with journalism’s factual rigor to keep readers turning page after page.

Ellen Hart3:00 p.m.
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Price: $25
Royal B, Hotel Monteleone
You might think mysteries have a formula, but we all know that the best mystery writing offers the pleasures of keeping the reader guessing. Ellen Hart leads us through the intricacies of plotting, hooking the reader from the get-go, and immersing yourself in your story. She’ll demonstrate how the best writers play by the rules, yet bend them to make the form their own.

Sternglantz, Ruth
Friday, May 24 at 12:00 p.m.: Prep Your Pitch!

One of the world’s largest independent publishers of LGBTQ literature will be hearing pitches at Saints and Sinners. Bold Strokes Books editor Ruth Sternglantz is taking appointments for 10-minute meetings on Friday, May 24, from noon-1pm. The full spectrum of LGBTQ general and genre fiction (including YA) welcome. Email resternglantz@gmail.com to request an appointment and to learn more. For more information about Bold Strokes Books, check their website: www.boldstrokesbooks.com

Date: Friday, May 24 at 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Price: Free to Saints and Sinners participants while time slots are available. Contact Ruth Sternglantz to schedule an appointment.
Cabildo Room, Hotel Monteleone

Friday, May 24 at 1:30 p.m.: Ask an Anthology Editor Anything


Date: Friday, May 24 at 1:30 p.m.
Location: Cabildo Room, Hotel Monteleone
Price: Free to any interested Saints and Sinners participants

Timothy J. Lambert and Becky Cochrane will offer guidance and discussion about polishing, submitting, and revising your short fiction from the point of view of two editors.

Lambert and Cochrane have been on both sides of the writer/editor relationship. Between them, they’ve had nine novels and numerous short stories published, and they’ve edited three anthologies of short fiction. They’ll offer insights on what editors look for and ideas on how to get your short fiction to readers.

Please contact: timothyjlambert@gmail.com if you plan to attend.

As part of the writing team Timothy James Beck, Timothy J. Lambert wrote five novels. He also co-wrote The Deal and Three Fortunes in One Cookie with Becky Cochrane. His short stories were anthologized in Alyson’s Best Gay Love Stories 2005 and Best Gay Love Stories NYC Edition, as well as Lawrence Schimel’s The Mammoth Book of New Gay Erotica, and Foolish Hearts: New Gay Fiction. He selected stories and introduced Cleis Press’s Best Gay Erotica 2007, edited by Richard Labonté. With Becky Cochrane, he edited Cleis Press’s anthologies Fool For Love: New Gay Fiction (2009), Foolish Hearts: New Gay Fiction (2013), and Best Gay Romance 2014. Timothy has lived in Maine, New York City, and Texas.

Becky Cochrane grew up in the South, graduated from the University of Alabama, and now lives in Texas. She co-wrote five novels under the name Timothy James Beck, wrote two additional novels with Timothy J. Lambert, and has authored numerous short stories and two contemporary romances, A Coventry Christmas and A Coventry Wedding. With Timothy J. Lambert, sheco-edited Fool For Love: New Gay Fiction, Foolish Hearts: New Gay Fiction, and Best Gay Romance 2014.


Friday, May 24 at 3:00 p.m.: Saints and Sinners Walking Tour ($20, 2 hours)

SOLD OUT! The Saints and Sinners Literary Festival is excited to unveil the first and only LGBT literary tour in New Orleans that reveals, in an entertaining way, the culturally rich, vital and often hidden gay history of the Crescent City.

With your expert guide, stroll through the city’s fabled French Quarter and learn about its history from the 18th century to today. Hear about key contributors to the cultural development of the city, including Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Eudora Welty, Lyle Saxon, Walt Whitman, John Kennedy Toole, Frances Benjamin Johnston, Tony Jackson, George Dureau, and many others. Visit historically rich sites and explore fascinating topics, such as the tragic Upstairs Lounge fire, the origins of Gay Carnival, and the development of the modern gay rights movement in New Orleans. The two-hour tour also includes general New Orleans history and plenty of fun facts. Finish your walking tour with a visit to Café Lafitte in Exile, considered the oldest gay bar in the United States.

James Geraghty is a consultant specializing in cultural services and heritage tourism. A licensed tour guide, he provides walking tours through Historic New Orleans Tours, a Frommer’s Guide favorite since 1999. Before moving to New Orleans, James spent over a decade in the publishing industry, serving at Viking/Penguin and HarperCollins Publishers. Photo (c) Vanessa Murphree

Date: Friday, May 24 at 3:00 p.m.
Price: $20. SOLD OUT
Location: Tour will meet in the lobby of the Hotel Monteleone

Friday, May 24 at 4:00 p.m.: Stories & Queer in the French Quarter

Stories & Queer, a traveling reading series for queer and queer-friendly poets & writers, presents: Guy Mark Foster, Jacqueline Kolosov, and Emanuel Xavier.

Date: Friday, May 24 at 4:00 p.m.
Price: Free for all Saints and Sinners participants
Location: Crescent City Books, 230 Chartes Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Guy Mark Foster has a BA from Wheaton College in Writing and Literature and a PhD in English from Brown University. He has published fiction in such places as Shadows of Love: American Gay Fiction, Brother to Brother: New Writings by Black Gay Men, Ancestral House: The Black Short Story in the Americas and Europe, and Icarus 14: The Magazine of Gay Speculative Fiction. His first collection, The Rest of Us: Stories, is recently published by Lethe Press. He lives with his partner in Southern Maine, where he teaches courses in African American Literature and Gay and Lesbian Studies at Bowdoin College.

Jacqueline Kolosov is an American poet, children’s book author, and professor. Her most recent collection of poetry is Modigliani’s Muse (WordTech Communications, 2009), and her most recent young adult novel is A Sweet Disorder (Hyperion Books, 2009). Her poetry has appeared in literary journals and magazines including The Southern Review, Shenandoah, Poetry, Passages North Orion, PRISM International, The Malahat Review, Ecotone, and Western Humanities Review, and her honors include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She was raised in and around Chicago and graduated from University of Chicago with a B.A. and an M.A., and from New York University with a Ph.D. She teaches currently at Texas Tech University.

Emanuel Xavier, an Equality Forum GLBT History Month Icon, Emanuel Xavier is an award-winning NYC based spoken word artist of Ecuadorian/Puerto Rican heritage best known for his appearances on Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry on HBO. As a former homeless gay teen, he has staged many benefits for queer youth and is a longtime activist. His poetic manifesto from 1997, Pier Queen, was officially published last year along with a revised edition of his poetry collection, Americano: Growing up Gay and Latino in the USA. He is also author of If Jesus Were Gay & other poems, the novel Christ Like and editor of Mariposas: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry and Me No Habla With Acento: Contemporary Latino Poetry. His work also appears in the books For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Still Not Enough and Born This Way: Real Stories of Growing Up Gay based on the popular blog. His new poetry collection, Nefarious, will be published Fall 2013 by Rebel Satori Press.

For more info: www.storiesandqueer.org

Friday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m.: GLITTER WITH THE LITERATI (included in the weekend panel pass) Guest tickets $25

Come to our welcome party and experience true Southern Hospitality in the beautiful courtyard of the Hermann-Grima House—a chance to meet the authors that will be speaking during the weekend as well as some of New Orleans’ colorful characters. There will be plenty of “spirits” along with tasty treats. Prior to the Civil War, prosperous Creole families enjoyed an elegant lifestyle in the Vieux Carre. Walk through this meticulously restored residence and experience the Golden Age of New Orleans. Built in 1831, Hermann-Grima House is one of the most significant residences in New Orleans. This handsome Federal mansion with its courtyard garden boasts the only horse stable and functional 1830s outdoor kitchen in the French Quarter.

Ticket code: GlitterFr630pm
Date: Friday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
Price:  Admission included with Weekend Panel Pass. $25 for guest tickets.
Location: Hermann-Grima House, 820 Saint Louis Street.


Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26: Weekend Panel Pass ($150)

Your weekend panel pass includes admittance to

  • all literary panel discussions
  • all reading series sessions
  • our Glitter with the Literati Welcome Party
  • our closing reception/Saints and Sinners Hall of Fame induction
  • (The pass does not include admittance to the Book Launch Party/Fundraiser on Thursday.)

Ticket Code: WeekendPanPass

Panel and Reading Series Schedule (tentative)

Registration/Information: 9 AM Hotel Monteleone, Royal Salon A

10 AM
The best writing can be a kind of magic, where the reader is subsumed in a singular setting, and where the lives of the characters can become as real as any ever known. In this panel, meet four women whose works build exquisite worlds that haunt us with their questions of feminism, otherness, and power. These writers have traipsed through San Francisco’s East Bay, a working class Catholic girlhood, the Jewish community of Buenos Aires, sundappled Hawaii, amongst many other places and states to create memorable, meaningful narratives. Join them to learn how to turn pages of paper into an enchanting world.
Panelists: Judith Katz, Sally Bellerose, Elana Dykewomon, and Jill Malone.
Moderator: Amie M. Evans.
Hotel Monteleone, Royal Salon C, D

10 AM
Panelists will discuss the changing portrayal of HIV/AIDS in LGBT fiction a quarter century after the height of the AIDS crisis. How does time and distance influence a writer’s treatment of the subject? How does increased knowledge about the disease, which was often initially portrayed as an ominous mystery, affect its portrayal today? How do authors respond to this changing landscape and how does it affect approaches to characterization, relationships, politics, community and queer intimacy? How is the expression or discussion of grief different after two or more decades and why is there a sudden resurgence of stories from the 80s and 90s in film and literature? Is it finally time to write about HIV/AIDS and explore it in ways that were either not available or simply too uncomfortable at the height of the crisis?
Panelists: Lewis DeSimone, Trebor Healey, Andrew Holleran, and Daniel M. Jaffe.
Moderator: Jameson Currier.
Hotel Monteleone, Royal Salon B

10 AM
Festival authors read from their Lammy nominated works. Expect to be entertained, engaged and thrilled by the written word read out loud by authors Ellen Hart, William Holden, Anne Laughlin, J.M. Redmann, William Sterling Walker, Barry Webster, and Jerry Wheeler.
Sponsored by The John Burton Harter Charitable Trust.
Hotel Monteleone, Cabildo Room

11:30 AM
Do you think you’ve lived enough to write the tale? You probably have. Most of us have extraordinary life experiences that are ripe for memoirs. But how do you transform your memories of your larger-than-life family members, your struggles with love, your escapes and homecomings, into compelling essays and books? Authors on our panel have made careers of writing about their life’s episodes. They will discuss ways of teasing your best personal stories and crafting them into memoirs that will grab readers and spark that elusive sense of universal empathy for your personal experience.
Panelists: Barrie Jean Borich, Bernard Cooper, Melanie Hoffert, and Felice Picano.
Moderator: Fay Jacobs.
Hotel Monteleone, Royal Salon C,D

11:30 AM
The genre of young adult fiction has been one of the few areas of publishing that has continually seen growth in the last decade; and queer fiction for teenagers has also grown significantly. The modern publishing world is a lot more welcoming to queer characters in young adult fiction, but it still makes some libraries and parents a little queasy. How much sex is too much sex? How much reality can go into fiction for teens? And what is this new category called “new adult”?
Panelists: Trebor Healey, Greg Herren, Sassafras Lowery, and Jeffrey Ricker.
Moderator: Ruth Sternglantz.
Hotel Monteleone, Royal Salon B
Sponsored by Louis Flint Ceci.

11:30 AM
Festival authors debut their latest works in our annual reading series. Expect to be entertained, engaged and thrilled by the written word read out loud by authors Christopher DiRaddo, Jolie du Pre, Martin Hyatt, Jen Michalski, Damon Marbut, and Ride.
Sponsored by The John Burton Harter Charitable Trust.
Hotel Monteleone, Cabildo Room

1 PM
Stories speak to us through the people that live and breathe within them. Narratives populated by characters with memorable, affecting voices often reverberate in our consciousness long after the last page. Listening for and recording the sounds, feelings and thoughts of your fictional creations might be amongst the toughest tasks of writing. Authors in this panel reveal their personal processes of how they come to characters and how they let them to speak and seep on to the page.

Panelists: Trebor Healey, J.M. Redmann, Justin Torres, and Summer Wood.
Moderator: J.R. Ramakrishnan.
Hotel Monteleone, Royal Salon C,D

1 PM
Who are we without our bodies? From Whitman to Warhol, the Buddha to Beyoncé, some of the most influential cultural figures have joined this conversation. Our bodies call beauty, illness, pleasure and pain. Our bodies also determine the social identities we negotiate through anatomical features such as skin color or genitalia. In this panel, four poets come together to discuss how their bodily experiences have informed their craft. What can the human body tell us about the most common literary obsessions such as love, mortality, and poetic rhythm? The panel will also consider what it means to be an artist in the age of surgery and virtual reality, when bodies — and identities — are effortlessly manipulated, concealed and changed.
Panelists: Sally Bellerose, Michael Montlack, Kay Murphy, and Brad Richard.
Moderator: Che Yeun.
Hotel Monteleone, Royal Salon B

1 PM
Festival authors debut their latest works in our annual reading series. Expect to be entertained, engaged and thrilled by the written word read out loud by authors Peter Dube, Elana Dykewomon, Guy Mark Foster, Melanie Hoffert, Marianne K. Martin, and Jess Wells.
Sponsored by The John Burton Harter Charitable Trust.
Hotel Monteleone, Cabildo Room

2:30 PM
Forget thinking outside the box. It’s time to smash the box, take the pieces, and turn it into a piece of modern art everyone will want to buy. With the marketplace becoming more and more crowded, and with so many ways to get your work into the world, what really works when it comes to making a book successful? Our panel looks at alternative ways of publishing (including crowd-funding and producing limited editions), effectively publicizing yourself and your work, and growing your audience through library visits and book clubs.
Panelists: Michael Thomas Ford, Ellen Hart, and Michele Karlsberg.
Hotel Monteleone, Royal Salon C,D

2:30 PM
Writing can be the loneliest of occupations, yet writers need each for support and encouragement—and yes, tough love. When Susan Larson first heard about Justin Torres’ amazing first novel, We the Animals, it was from Dorothy Allison, who was spreading the good word. “Watch out for this one!” Dorothy said. Now these two writers come together to talk about what writers have to give to one another as mentors and protegees and at various stages in their careers, and what to watch out for in literary friendship. Facilitated by Susan Larson.
Hotel Monteleone, Royal Salon B

2:30 PM
Festival authors debut their latest works in our annual reading series. Expect to be entertained, engaged and thrilled by the written word read out loud by authors Tom Baker, Barrie Jean Borich, Wayne Courtois, Judith Katz, Jill Malone, Felice Picano, and Emanuel Xavier.
Sponsored by The John Burton Harter Charitable Trust.
Hotel Monteleone, Cabildo Room

4 PM
All writers struggle with endings. Tennessee Williams composed at least three different final scenes for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and his original script for The Rose Tattoo includes 10 variant endings. This panel will look at the pitfalls and possibilities of bringing a narrative to a successful conclusion. It will also explore the clash between the writer’s vision and the audience’s expectations about endings.
Panelists: Dorothy Allison, Bernard Cooper, Peter Dube, and Val McDermid
Moderator: Jeff Mann
Hotel Monteleone, Royal Salon C,D

4 PM
Does the LGBT writer have a responsibility beyond creating the artistic work itself? Does writing carry with it a responsibility to the queer community at large? At a time when gay rights are at the forefront of social change, when freedoms vary so vastly globally, LGBT writers who speak their truths are often taking the long view, writing both for the present and into the future, writing for their community and out of it, and often toward the reading community at large. HIV/AIDS, bullying, gay marriage are particular LGBT issues—but what about those larger issues of abortion, poverty, healthcare, gender, and race that affect everyone? Are the literary and personal stakes higher for LGBT writers?
Panelists: Kenyon Farrow, Judith Katz, Sassafras Lowery, Mimi Schippers
Moderator: Martin Hyatt
Hotel Monteleone, Royal Salon B

4 PM
Hotel Monteleone, Cabildo Room
Celebrate the women we all love and the new book inspired by them: Divining Divas (Lethe, 2012) ~ the poetry “sister” of the Lambda Finalist essay anthology My Diva (University of Wisconsin, 2009). Join editor Michael Montlack and five contributors as they explore the unique connection between gay men and the book’s wide array of female icons, from Julia Child to Greta Garbo, Miss Piggy to Gertrude Stein, Frida Kahlo to Lady Gaga …

  • Michael Montlack on Stevie Nicks
  • Lewis DeSimone on Auntie Mame
  • Ruben Quesada on Oprah Winfrey
  • Joel Allegretti on The Beales of Grey Gardens
  • David Bergman on Lotte Lenya

Panel and Reading Series Schedule 
Registration/Information: 9 AM Hotel Monteleone, Royal Salon A

10 AM
Getting our work into the world is in many ways easier than ever before. But whether you self-publish or go the more traditional route, with so much of the focus on publicizing and marketing our work, the crucial step of editing is often minimized or overlooked. This panel examines the importance of editing to the publication process and success of a book, and looks at the increasingly important role of freelance editors. We’ll talk about how to form a successful author/editor partnership, how to find an editor for your self-published project, and why all of this matters anyway.
Panelists: Jameson Currier, Michael Thomas Ford, Kelly Smith, and Ruth Sternglantz.
Moderator: Michele Karlsberg.
Hotel Monteleone, Royal Salon C,D

10 AM
History presents rich material, as well as unique challenges and opportunities, for writers. Our panelists, all accomplished authors who’vedifferent historical periods (and histories), will discuss the requirements for accuracy; the double-edged sword of gay characters in the homophobic past; how to avoid being swallowed alive by research; their own personal journeys to their works, and how you can get started bringing the past — and the imagined past — to life in your own writing. The panel comprises Felice Picano, whose new book is 20th Century Un-Limited, a volume of short novels set in the middle 20th century; Jeff Mann, the author of Purgatory: A Novel of the Civil War, dramatizing two young soldiers in the Civil War on opposite sides who find themselves drawn to one another; Summer Wood, author of Raising Wrecker, which is set in the late 1960s and 70s; and moderator Jess Wells, who explores 1300s Paris in her new novel, A Slender Tether.
Panelists: Felice Picano, Jeff Mann, and Summer Wood
Moderator: Jess Wells
Hotel Monteleone, Royal Salon B

11:30 AM
The expression, “stranger than fiction,” is one of those clichés we repeat because it’s so often accurate. What kind of choices do writers of non-fiction have to make to construct their narratives, to strengthen connective tissue, to shape a real subject in such a way that it will be the most effective and compelling? How do you fashion narratives out of life? Will the inevitable exclusion of some detail slant the work too far in one direction? This panel will explore nonfiction subjects ranging from the eccentric lives of small town festival queens, men convicted of murdering gay men, the inheritance an unusual father leaves his gay son, to historical maps and familial journeys in the Midwest — all with an eye toward the skills and creative solutions these authors bring to the challenge of crafting dynamic and creative narratives for true stories.
Panelists: Barrie Jean Borich, Bernard Cooper, David Valdes Greenwood, and Frank Perez.
Moderator: Thomas Keith.
Hotel Monteleone, Royal Salon C,D

11:30 AM
The shorter form challenges writers to compress language, conflict, and character development with exacting efficiency. To be successful, writers must take on the spirit and attention of lapidaries, polishing every sentence like gemstones to string together a narrative with dazzling effects. Come hear how our panelists shaped and re-shaped their individual stories and built collections of their short fiction.
Panelists: Daniel M. Jaffe, Jen Michalski, David Pratt, and William Sterling Walker.
Moderator: Elizabeth Sanders.
Hotel Monteleone, Royal Salon B

11:30 AM
Festival authors debut their latest works in our annual reading series. Expect to be entertained, engaged and thrilled by the written word read out loud by authors Dennis Milam Bensie, Fay Jacobs, Sassafras Lowrey, Jeffrey Ricker, Jean Roberta, and Ron J. Suresha.
Sponsored by The John Burton Harter Charitable Trust.
Hotel Monteleone, Cabildo Room

1 PM
The writing life is not for the faint of heart. Along with the joys of publication, the warm fuzzies of good reviews, and the letters of appreciation from readers, there are the failed projects, the sales that aren’t what you’d hoped for, and that nagging voice reminding you that it’s probably too late to change course and get a job that gives you health care. So how do you stay motivated over the long haul? And is it really all worth it? Our panel has a combined 13,256 years of writing experience, and they have a few thoughts on the subject.
Panelists: Trebor Healey, Martin Hyatt, Fay Jacobs, and Jess Wells.
Moderator: Michael Thomas Ford.
Hotel Monteleone, Royal Salon C,D

1 PM
Some of the most beloved mystery writers make setting a character in their books, and readers love making return trip after return trip. Four accomplished writers discuss how love of place informs their work. Greg Herren celebrates New Orleans in three series, with all its quirks and pleasures; Carsen Taite draws on her home town of Dallas, but has ventured to Santa Fe as well. Ellen Hart is firmly rooted in the Midwest, and Val McDermid brings her legions of readers to the North of England, where, it would seem, crime abounds. Anne Laughlin brings her Chicago flair to the panel as moderator.
Panelists: Ellen Hart, Greg Herren, Val McDermid, and Carsen Taite.
Moderator: Anne Laughlin
Hotel Monteleone, Royal Salon B

1 PM
Festival authors debut their latest works in our annual reading series. Expect to be entertained, engaged and thrilled by the written word read out loud by authors Sally Bellerose, Dale Chase, Amie M. Evans, Daniel M. Jaffe, Frank Perez, and Shawn Syms.
Sponsored by The John Burton Harter Charitable Trust.
Hotel Monteleone, Cabildo Room

2:30 PM
Where do LGBT writers fit in today’s publishing marketplace? Prior to about 1960, very few authors identified as LGBT. But then came decades of acknowledgement, openness, pride, and relief for authors and readers alike. Why do some lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender authors identify as LGBT while others do not? With their distinct talents, backgrounds, outlooks, and voices, these four acclaimed authors will discuss what the LGBT designation means to them — from breakthrough beginnings to present day success — in a conversation that also includes a look at today’s publishing environment, their sources of inspiration, their mentors, and some of their favorite younger authors today.
Panelists: Dorothy Allison, Andrew Holleran, Val McDermid, and Felice Picano.
Moderator: Thomas Keith.
Hotel Monteleone, Royal Salon C,D

2:30 PM
The Other Man is an artistic collaboration by and about gay men and their relationships  Come hear contributors read from and discuss their work in the new anthology. Expect to be entertained, engaged, and thrilled by the written word read out loud by authors Rob Byrnes, Lewis DeSimone, Jeff Mann, Tom Mendicino, David Pratt, and Jeffrey Ricker. 
Sponsored by The John Burton Harter Charitable Trust.
Hotel Monteleone, Cabildo Room.


Saturday May 25th at 7:00 p.m.: Readings from “Love, Christopher Street: Reflections of New York City” ($10 at the door, or included in the weekend pass)

Seven of the twenty-six contributors to the new anthology, Love, Christopher Street: Reflections of New York City, will read excerpts from their essays that involve revealing, intense, profound, funny, and personal reflections and span forty years of queer life in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. Together these essays create an LGBT love letter to New York City from native New Yorkers, American transplants, and international writers. Hosted by editor Thomas Keith, readers include: Charles Rice Gonzalez, Martin Hyatt, Fay Jacobs, Michele Karlsberg, Val McDermid, Felice Picano, and Shawn Syms.

“One reads Love, Christopher Street to see how other people, like and unlike yourself, countered and endured and learned from New York, and that’s why this extremely varied anthology is always interesting and often moving. “
–Andrew HolleranThe Gay & Lesbian Review

Date: Saturday May 25th / 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Gallery Orange, 819 Royal Street
Price: $10 at the door, or included in the Weekend Panel Pass

Saturday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m.: re:Vision and ME+U Reception

Stop by and visit with re:Vision and ME+U members along with authors Michael Thomas Ford, Guy Mark Foster, Trebor Healey, and Emanuel Xavier. We’ll have light hors d’oeuvres and drinks for this social activity.

Date: Saturday, May 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Paulie’s, 810 S. Claiborne Ave., New Orleans, LA  70116
Price: free for interested Saints and Sinners participants.

re:Vision is an amazing opportunity for gay and bi guys, ages 18-35, to discover themselves and their community by planning social events, organizing volunteer opportunities, attending safer sex workshops and becoming leaders in an innovative new community building program. By encouraging young men to take on an altruistic attitude, the re:Vision project allows gay and bi guys to help mold a healthy, energetic, and politically active community of men. re:Vision wants to help make a difference in the New Orleans community and have a lot of fun while doing it.  For more information check out www.facebook.com/nolarevision or email us at revisionnola@gmail.com

ME+U is a group for young gay and bisexual black men age 18-29. Through regular meetings, the group seeks to build a greater sense of community for black gay and bi men while also promoting safe sex. We plan and host regular events and activities in the community and also have regular gatherings. For more information check out www.facebook.com/MEplusU504 or email us at meplusu504@gmail.com


Saturday, May 25 at 9:00 p.m. & Sunday, May 26 at 7:00 p.m.: Unveiling the Jaguar Magician

Sidearm Gallery and St. Claude Arts District welcome author, artist, wizard, c. huilo c. and Teatro Jaguar Luna to New Orleans. In this theatrical adaptation of the book series, Tales of a Jaguar Magician, huilo invites us on the quest of a jaguar magician, Lolaboy, who meets several teachers to guide him through his trials. Each comes with a unique gift that Lolaboy may use to awaken others on the ailing Planet of Great Consciousness.

Travel beyond didactic prose or drab monologues, outside the normal paradigm and reconsider what is deemed to be a finite existence. As the keeper of masques Wizard Weezel proclaims, “every role we take guides us closer to the essence of the soul’s journey — to become realigned with the godself”.

Date: Saturday, May 25 at 9:00 p.m. & Sunday, May 26 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Sidearm Gallery, 1122 St Roch Avenue, New Orleans, LA (504-701-5180).
Cost: $13 at the door. Limited seating; no one turned away for lack of funds.

Teatro Jaguar Luna has been presenting adaptations and dream theatre for almost two decades. c. huilo c. has inspired audiences for over two decades with installation and performance art around the globe.

“Vivid, fun, stunning” — NY Theatre
“Noble and Mercurial concept” — Philadelphia Gay News
“Mythmaker” — Bay Area Reporter, San Francisco

Books and original illustrations will be on sale at the gallery. For more information: www.jaguarmoonpress.com, www.jaguarlunart.com, www.deep-woods-art.com.

Saturday, May 25th at 9:00 p.m.: Bear to Listen Up!

A lit-Bear-ary event during Saints & Sinners 2013

Date: Saturday, May 25th at 9:00-10:00 p.m.
Location: JohnPaul’s Bar, 940 Elysian Fields (to be confirmed)
Price: Free and open to the adult public.

Join us for a festive hour with a fun, furry group of authors reading their works from Bear Bones Books, the hairy arm of indy LGBTQ publisher Lethe Press, including readings from:

  • David Bergman, contributor, Hibernation, and Other Poems
  • ‘Nathan Burgoine, contributor, Hibernation, and Other Poems
  • Lewis DeSimone, contributor, Hibernation, and Other Poems
  • Daniel M. Jaffe, author, The Limits of Pleasure
  • Jeff Mann, author of Desire & Devour and Fog
  • Nick Mann, author and illustrator of Night Duty, and Other Stories
  • Ron J. Suresha, editor of Hibernation, and Other Poems, reading from the newest BBB title, Bear City: The Novel
  • Jerry L. Wheeler, editor of The Bears of Winter

Sunday, May 26 at 4:00 p.m.: Closing Reception

Finish out the Festival by joining us as we honor outstanding members of our LGBT literary community. Wrap up the weekend with old and new friends, and pass one more good time at the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival! Hosted by Fay Jacobs.

Date: Sunday, May 26 at 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Location: Riverview Room at the Hotel Monteleone
Price: Admission included in Weekend Panel Pass

Saturday Day Pass ($50)

Admits to all panels and readings on Saturday, May 25

Price: $50
Ticket Code:

Sunday Day Pass ($50)

Admits to all panels, readings, and closing reception on Sunday, May 26.

Ticket Code: DayPassSunday

Reading Series Pass ($25)

Admits to all reading series slots on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26.

Ticket Code: ReadingSeries