Monday, March 28, 2016

Words that Bind: An Erotic Literary Event at LA&M

CHICAGO - Join us for a panel reading and discussion of erotic works by six poets, fiction writers, playwrights, graphic novelists and more, exploring the intersection of sexual desire and literature representing the LGBTQQIAA spectrum. 

Panelists include: Dale Lazarov; Nikki Patin; Philip Dawkins; and others. (See bios below.)

A Q and A follows the event, with a reception in the Guest Artists Gallery featuring beer, wine and other refreshments, as well as a chance to mingle with the night's readers. Women and Children First Bookstore will also be hosting an erotic book fair pop-up with items for purchase during the reception.

Tickets: $12 general admission, $5 for museum members and students with valid ID. Event is 21+ only, and admission includes two drink tickets.

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DALE LAZAROV writes, art directs and licenses wordless, gay character-based, sex-positive graphic novels published under the Sticky Graphic Novels imprint: BULLDOGS (drawn by Chas Hunter and Si Arden), PARDNERS (drawn by Bo Revel), PEACOCK PUNKS (drawn by Mauro Mariotti), FAST FRIENDS (drawn by Michael Broderick), GREEK LOVE (drawn by Adam Graphite), GOOD SPORTS (drawn by Alessio Slonimsky), NIGHTLIFE (drawn by Bastian Jonsson), MANLY (drawn by Amy Colburn), and STICKY (drawn by Steve MacIsaac). Sticky Graphic Novels are published in hardcover by Bruno Gmünder GmbH and in digital format through Class Comics. He lives in Chicago. Lazarov's website is at

NIKKI PATIN, a critically acclaimed writer and performer, has appeared on HBO's Def Poetry Jam, WBEZ and New Zealand's TV3 and Radio New Zealand. In 2014, she addressed the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland on behalf of Black female survivors of sexual violence. In 2015, Nikki Patin received her MFA in Creative Non-Fiction/Poetry from the University of Southern Maine. She has been in eight bands and is currently recording her next project, Damn, I Love My Face. Nikki Patin is the Executive Director of Surviving the Mic (, a collaborative organization of survivors who are dedicated to creating safe and affirming creative spaces for survivors of trauma. Her work can be found at

PHILIP DAWKINS’s plays include Le Switch (About Face Theatre), Charm (Northlight Theatre), Miss Marx: Or The Involuntary Effect of Living (Strawdog Theatre; Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work), The Homosexuals (About Face Theater), and Failure: A Love Story (Victory Gardens Theater). Most of his plays, as well as his plays for kiddos, are available through and teaches playwriting at Northwest University, Loyola University Chicago, and through the Victory Gardens ACCESS Program.

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