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Queer Confessions is a monthly Toronto-based LGBTQ memoir reading series that seeks to foster memoir writing in a supportive environment and build community through storytelling. We are committed to showcasing diverse voices and experiences, including established, emerging, and beginner writers.

Why

“For women, and for gays, lesbians, and other minorities, simply telling the truth about the way we live can be subversive.” Lindsay Millar, “The Cultural and Political Power of the Personal Memoir,” The Atlantic (19 September, 2011).

Memoir has arguably become the most popular literary form of our time. And for good reason. It is personal, intimate, and inherently accessible. In our increasingly isolating world, it seeks to establish itself as a medium of meaning and connection.

But memoir can also be viewed as an act of transgression, for it breaks down the distinction between public and private, and challenges both invisibility and otherization. It also allows the individual to reclaim the role of expert in their own lives. This can be a particularly powerful undertaking for those of us who do not inhabit the mainstream.

Who

Co-Hosts:

Suzy Zucker

Suzy Zucker is a mother, psychotherapist, writer, and cartoonist. An avid anti-middle-age spread activist, she single-handedly spearheaded the controversial “Bring Back The Muumuu!” campaign in 2012. She currently lives in Toronto with her daughter, dog, and blow-up doll named Cassie. Don’t judge.

Barbara Brown

Known for raising serious topics at inopportune moments and an all too frequent earnestness, she thankfully offsets these tendencies with a deep appreciation for funny people. Barbara keeps busy working in the mental health field, as an occasional writer, and a cat and dog momma. She feels lucky to have been author and driving force behind My Breasts, My Choice: Journeys Through Surgery, photo and biographic exhibit and book.

Where & When

The readings take place the first Thursday of the month, every second month, at the 519 Community Centre (519 Church St), and start at 8:00pm.

PWYC ($5 suggested donation)

2015 THEMES:

  • Thursday, January 8, 2015: Let The Games Begin*
  • Thursday, February 5, 2015: Of Love And Other Demons
  • Thursday, March 5, 2015: The Mamas and The Papas
  • Thursday, April 2, 2015: Brave New World
  • Thursday, May 7, 2015: Regrets
  • **SPECIAL PAN AM GAMES SHOW**                                         Thursday, July 23, 2015: Fair Play
  • Thursday, October 1, 2015: Disabilities
  • Thursday, December 3, 2015: There’s No Place Like Home

*meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month  ** meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month

2016 THEMES:

  • Thursday, February 4, 2016: My First Time
  • Thursday, April 7, 2016: #selfie: life in the age of social media
  • Thursday, June 2, 2016: Loud and Proud
  • Thursday, August 4, 2016: Cats and Dogs & Other Familiars
  • Thursday, October 6, 2016: Ain’t No Spring Chicken
  • Thursday, December 1, 2016: The Holiday Horror Show

Check out our Facebook page for monthly lineup and readers’ bios.

SUBMISSIONS

We all have a story (or two, or three) to tell, so please consider submitting one of yours! No experience necessary! We strongly encourage first-timers to submit. The story can be in any form you choose: short story, spoken word, stand-up, poetry, etc. Please include with your submission: the story (5-10 min max), your bio (50 words max), and the theme you are submitting for. Submission deadline for each event is two weeks beforehand (but the earlier, the better).

Send your submissions or enquiries to queerconfessionstoronto@gmail.com

We look forward to hearing from you!

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