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Support Fire & Ink:  Let's Have A Good Ole Fashion Rent Party

For about four years now Lisa C. Moore, the founder of RedBone Press, the only black lesbian publishing house in the U.S., and a handful of friends in her literary circle have been talking about sponsoring a national conference for gay writers of African descent.

In September, about 200 gay writers, thinkers, teachers, and publishing professionals of African descent gathered in Chicago for three days for the first Fire & Ink: A Writers Festival for GLBT People of African Descent. The conference, which included workshops and panel discussions, and various types of spoken word performances, took place Sept. 20-22, at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Fire & Ink is in need of your support to help pay off the outstanding balance owed for this year's conference and to plan for the 2003 conference.  Moore said "Fire & Ink had a $70,000 budget and currently has an outstanding balance of approximately $35,700."

Give the gift of literacy and/or liquidity this holiday season to support Fire & Ink.  If you can give $1.00, $5.00, $50.00 or $100.00, that will help pay down the costs for the the first conference and help our literary voice for future conferences.

The following is G. Winston James' contribution toward the cause.

From G. Winston James:

Not that any of us would ever forget, but Fire & Ink is still in need of funds to both cover costs for this past September's event and to build a base for Fire & Ink 2004.

On my way back to work today, I wondered how I could best do my part since neither my wallet nor my bank account are exactly overflowing with "extra" funds.

In this season of giving (X-mas, Kwanzaa...cold) I've decided to donate copies of my poetry collection LYRIC to the Fire & Ink cause.

For every copy of LYRIC that is purchased through Fire and Ink, 100% of the purchase price of $12 will be donated to Fire & Ink.

Anyone who's interested in supporting Fire & Ink in this way should order their copy through Fire and Ink with your name and shipping address--and sending your money order (preferably) or check made payable to:

Fire & Ink (in the memo field)
P.O. Box 15571
Washington, D.C. 2003

"Fire & Ink" should be written in the memo field on the money order or check.

So let's give friends or ourselves the gift of literature, and Fire & Ink the gift of liquidity.  :-)

We can all do the math: 100 books $1,200. 200 books $2,400.

Postage and handling will also be covered by me.

A .pdf flyer about Lyric: Poems Along a Broken Road (GrapevinePress) is attached.

Happy Holidays!


If you would like to make a donation to Fire & Ink, make checks payable to:

Fire & Ink (in the memo field)
P.O. Box 15571
Washington, D.C. 2003

Thank you and Happy Holidays




“The Lyric experience is one that will not be denied...With this promising
collection, James offers us a powerfully intimate testimony of our times --
a journey which is well worth the price of the ticket.”

(Black Issues Book Review)

“Clearly sincere and heartfelt...James assure[s] us that
the loss of Assoto Saint and Essex Hemphill has left
us bereft, but not abandoned.”

(Lambda Book Report)

“The work of a major African-American voice.”
(A Different Light Bookstore, NYC)
“Soothing, sensual and soulful.”

(Between the Lines)

“Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Pat Parker,
Marlon add [G. Winston] James' name
to the list of celebrated black, gay poets.”

(Kick Magazine)

Photo by Ron K. Brown


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