A buddy of mine sent me this picture of Roving Pack in the Carnegie library in Pittsburg!!!!!! and just this week someone else messaged me that they had found Roving Pack at the library in Oakland, California!!!! One thing I really really love is when folks message me on facebook or twitter letting me know that they’ve seen one of my books out in the world! It’s one of the neatest feelings to really know that the book is really out in the world and that folks are finding it! If you see Roving Pack, or Kicked Out or Leather Ever After in a library or bookstore please tweet or facebook me about it!!!!
Some of you might remember that over the summer I received an INCREDIBLE gift from a Roving Pack reader. Michelle Breannan of Michigan created a super detailed Roving Pack diorama, and sent it to me! This started a big conversation on facebook amongst myself and many artists about the power of books, our relationship to them, and quite frankly how fun it would be to revisit and queer the process of book diorama making – an art which most of us have not experimented with since being assigned a “book in a box” report in elementary school!
These conversations quickly grew into a partnership between Hugh Ryan and myself to find a way to bring together a gallery of dioramas based on queer books, and created by queer artists exploring the power that books have had in their own formation of identity. Others were as excited about the idea as we are and the dream became a reality!
The Queer Book Diorama exhibit will take place September 2014 at the New York Public Library Jefferson Market Branch, and is sponsored by the Lambda Literary Foundation and the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History!!!!! Below is the call for art, please consider proposing a diorama, and please please share the call with everyone in your community!
The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History is excited to announce the call for proposals for Queer Book Dioramas – an exhibit in partnership with The New York Public Library and Lambda Literary, co-curated by Pop-Up Founding Director Hugh Ryan and award-winning queer author Sassafras Lowrey.
This show will highlight the unique relationship between LGBTQ people and literature. For many in our community books are the first place where we see pieces of ourselves and our identities, making them critical to the process of identity formation. Books can be lifelines for LGBTQ people isolated by geographic area or other life circumstances. These dioramas will be displayed at the New York Public Library’s Jefferson Market Branch in September 2014.
We are seeking:
Visual artists and community members interested in creating dioramas depicting any book that contributed to your formation of understanding of yourself as an LGBTQ person. We are seeking to create a community project that includes artists of all experience levels.
If you are interested in participating please send:
1) Title of book that contributed to your formation of LGBTQ identity, or has meaning to you as an LGBTQ person.
2) Brief description of what this book means to you/why you feel connected to it.
3) Description of the diorama you anticipate creating.
4) A little information about yourself, and (if you have them) any examples of previous artistic work, however, no previous experience or artistic training is necessary.
5) Your location (to help us determine shipping costs!)
We are currently seeking funding to stipend accepted artists and pay for shipping. Questions or concerns about the project should be sent to: QueerBookDiorama@gmail.com