As gay as the Calgary Stampede? Oh, baby, let me tell you…
As I countdown to the launch of the fourth YYC Queer Writers anthology, you get to meet our fab contributors, and listen to some fab music.
Today’s featured author is the multi-talented DIRK VAN DYK:
DIRK VAN DYK is a genderqueer writer, feminist, performer, educator, and artist inhabiting Treaty 7 and Metis Region 3 territories in Calgary, Alberta. They hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts, followed by other school adventures that allow space for creative projects, quiet reading, and taking in noble beasts.
This is how their story, “Voyeur,” starts:
He enjoyed watching the revelry before joining the throbbing mass. Taking in all of the energy gave him a high, and voyeurism was an experience he appreciated. So was performance. He had chosen a higher vantage point, leaning casually on the railing above the dance floor. This gathering of queers was truly the greatest outdoor show on earth, and this dance floor was soon to be crowded with more sweaty bodies than the stage of the grandstand show. The night was full of possibility.
And this is the song you should listen to as you’re reading it:
Want all of A QUEER SUMMER NIGHT IN COWTOWN? Pre-Orders now available at:
- AMAZON (live)
- KOBO (coming soon)
- CHAPTERS (coming soon)
And, if you’re in Calgary, our launch party closes Calgary Stampede week:
All profits from the anthology’s sales go to benefit Alberta’s Camp Fyrefly.
Camp fYrefly is a summer camp and leadership retreat designed for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited, intersexed, queer, and questioning youth, (LGBTQ2S+) and planned in part by a committee of the same youth it seeks to serve. Camp fYrefly is designed to help youth develop the leadership skills and personal resiliency necessary for them to become agents for positive change in their schools, families, and communities. In a word, it helps keep queer kids alive.
WARNING: Although we are fundraising for a youth program, the content of our anthology contains mature themes, frequently of a sexual nature, and is intended for an adult audience.
But, the launch party is all ages. Bring your kids; dress accordingly.
Drop-ins welcome. but if we know you’re coming, we can make sure we don’t run out of books for you.