Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Alan Chin will read at the National Queer Arts Festival

I’d like to share some, hopefully, good news. Starting May 31, San Francisco will host the month-long, 12th annual National Queer Arts Festival (see below), and as part of the venue, a group called GuyWriters will be presenting literary readings at the LGBT Community Center. They have asked me to attend and perform a reading from my novel, Island Song, on Friday, June 12th, starting at 7:30. I say “hopefully good news” because the first time I performed a book reading I became so nervous that I flubbed it up, big time.

So mark your calendars for June 12th if you’re planning to be in the foggy city, and drop in and see if I go 0-for-2 or managed to salvage my self-respect. Vegas is giving three-to-one odds on the former. The great news is that this gay writers group as also invited me to become an active member of their club. Guess someone there must have read Island Song and liked it.

The Queer Cultural Center Presents
The 12th Annual National Queer Arts Festival
May 31 – July 11, 2009 — San Francisco

San Francisco, CA… The National Queer Arts Festival (NQAF), now celebrating its 12th year, is a month-long festival of music, dance, visual art, spoken word, poetry, comedy, theater, and film featuring over 400 artists in 70 events and over 100 performances in 18 venues throughout San Francisco.

And for lovers of GLBT literature, GuyWriters returns to the National Queer Arts Festival on June 12th with a fabulous evening of poetry, prose and plays about love, relationships and community. Celebrating their fifth anniversary, this literary reading will be held at the LGBT Community Center in San Francisco and will feature a special guest writer to be announced.

More information on the National Queer Arts Festival is found here.


Jina Bacarr said...

How exciting for you, Alan! I knowe you'll do well...practice reading into a digital recorder if you can.

The most important thing is to be "in the moment" as you read.

Allow yourself to get caught up in the passion of your story and your audience will, too.



Anonymous said...

Good luck - and kudos! It's an honor and you'll do fine. I second Jina's recommendation - also if you have a few friends who can come over and be a practice audience - that helps, too.

Enid Wilson said...

Congratulation! Alan, that's great news. Can you ask someone to video you and put it on the blog?

Have you decided what scene to read? I read somewhere that choosing the right scene is the most important factor in a successful read. How about putting a poll on the blog to ask your fan to suggest?

Alexis Grant said...

Great news! Thanks for sharing it.

I hear you on getting nervous. The bright side is that the more you do it, the less nervous you'll be.

Please let us know how it goes!

Karen Walker said...

Hi Alan,
How wonderful. Sounds like a great opportunity. I understand about the fear. Public speaking is the number one fear people have (more than fear of death or illness). I agree with Alexis, the more you do it, the easier it will get. I've worked very hard in the last 2 1/2 years to overcome stage fright - I used singing to do it. Then, when I did my book launch/reading/signing, I wasn't nervous once I started speaking. Just speak from your heart. From your photo, you have a lovely energy (and smile) and from your writing, I can tell that you have a loving, kind spirit. Just be yourself.


Elle Parker said...

This is exciting news!! I'm sure you'll do fine, but practicing for some friends or family might help you shake that feeling that you'll do badly.

Elle Parker

Gayle Carline said...

Congratulations, and good luck! I, too, used to be shy about performing/speaking in front of a crowd. Then I worked one summer at a Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor, where I had to lead the room in singing "Happy Birthday", admonish people who had eaten our Pig's Trough, and make cacophonic sounds while 10 gallons of ice cream careened through the restaurant, carried on poles by two other teens.

Too bad they're out of business - I'd recommend working there as a cure. LOL.


Patricia Stoltey said...

Congratulations, Alan. Reading can be scary, but it's very effective if you read well. Author Paula Reed read from one of her books at a local event this week, and she did the best job I've ever heard. She explained that she had a little theater training, but that she mostly focused on "being in her story" when she read (like Jina's comment re "in the moment"). If you can do that, avoid reading too fast, and make eye contact with members of your audience as you speak, you'll be great.


C. Margery Kempe said...

How wonderful!! Congratulations.

KK Brees said...

Go Alan Go (to paraphrase Forrest Gump). You can do it.