Photos by Christopher Booth
You can read Andre’s poem on his blog.
In that magical Salon synchronicity, novelist Yvonne Cassidy read from How Many Letters Are In Goodbye? in which a lesbian teenager composes letters to a mother who died when she was a child.” A heartbreaking story about the challenges of trusting, healing, and saying goodbye,” (School Library Journal), the book was an American Library Association Rainbow List Top 10 title with LGBTQ content for younger readers. Yvonne adds that it also had “the honor of being selected to be part of RuPaul’s Love Yourself Library.” Yvonne teaches creative writing at the Irish Arts Center and the JCC on the Upper West Side.
See more of Yvonne’s work at her website.
Read Bino’s reflections on work, education, writing and his community activism on his website.
Noting that Ireland is haunted by the ghosts of its history, Cahir O’Doherty unearthed a few of his own, including, he says, “memories of growing up gay in County Donegal in the 1980’s and what it feels like to be haunted by the ghost of Ian Paisley.” In a moving talk, he described the lessons he learned from Ireland’s long road to marriage equality. Arts and Travel Editor of The Irish Voice and a feature writer for Irish America Magazine, Cahir has reported on Irish American culture and politics for a decade and half.
A 2014 Lambda Literary Fellow with an MFA from The New School, Parrish lives in Brooklyn.
To learn more about Parrish please visit his website.