Start: 5:30 pm
Contributors Michael Montlack, CAConrad, Brian Teare, Paul Lisicky, Jeffery Conway, Mike Albo, Dean Kosto and Joel Allegretti to Divining Divas: 100 Gay Poets on the Women Who Inspire Them, edited by Michael Montlack (Lethe, $25 pb) will read. Hear Divining Divas contributors read about their Divas: CA Conrad (Emily Dickinson), Paul Lisicky (Joni Mitchell), Brian Teare (Virginia Woolf), Jeffery Conway (Mary J. Blige), Joel Allegretti (The Beales of Grey Gardens), Dean Kostos (Miss Havisham), Mike Albo (Natalie Merchant) and editor Michael Montlack (Stevie Nicks). Divining Divas is an anthology of a hundred gay poets--award winners and fresh voices--in thrall with female icons throughout the ages ranging from Gloria Swanson to Mary J, Blige, from Edith Piaf to Joni Mitchell, Bette Midler to Lady Gaga. These are not merely appreciations of the gorgeous and daring but poems that are confessional to bittersweet to witty.