Less than a month til our launch party! As we 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 YYC Queer Writers founder DALLAS BARNES.
DALLAS BARNES is a queer, cisgender, feminist, activist, and writer. She writes about life — its downfalls, turmoils, hilarities, and elations. Her experience with mental illness and all things queer makes her writing real, raw, and in your face. Dallas lives in Calgary, Alberta, with her cat Grizzly and tweets as @salladsenrab.
This is how her story, “On the Range,” starts:
While my fellow Calgarians reminisce about childhoods filled with cotton candy, cowboy hats, candy apples, and cruelty to animals, I often compare my childhood in B.C. with those of my cowpeople counterparts. Although I have no idea what it was like to wear Wranglers and thick plaid shirts (insert lesbian stereotype joke here) in the glaring summer heat, I do know a few things about trying to be a lonely hero on the range.
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.