Sideshow: The Queer Literary Carnival is a monthly reading/performance series in NYC. Featuring some of the very finest queer (and queer ally) writers, poets,  spoken word performers, storytellers, playwrights and narrative comics out there, Sideshow enthusiastically presents “serious literature for ridiculous times.”

Curated by downtown literary mavens, Cheryl B. and Sinclair Sexsmith.

Cheryl B. (cherylb.com) is an award-winning writer, poet and performer. Her work appears in dozens of print and online publications, including; Ping Pong, Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution (Seal Press, 2007) and BLOOM, among many others.  She has appeared at most major New York City literary evenings and toured throughout the U.S, Canada and the U.K.  Cheryl lives in Brooklyn and teaches memoir writing at Gotham Writers’ Workshop.

Sinclair Sexsmith photo by Syd LondonSinclair Sexsmith runs the award-winning personal online writing project Sugarbutch Chronicles: The Sex, Gender, and Relationship Adventures of a Kinky Queer Butch Top at sugarbutch.net. With work published in various anthologies, including the Best Lesbian Erotica series, Sometimes She Lets Me: Butch/Femme Erotica, and Visible: A Femmethology volume 2, Mr. Sexsmith enjoys whiskey, topping, the serial comma, political activism, and has been known to get on her knees in order to fix the strappy sandals of a queer femme. Sugarbutch Star chapbooks are available, if you ask nicely (and have ten bucks). (Photo by Syd London)

  1. May 9, 2010 at 1:55 am


    I have a new translation of Sappho’s poems out through Penguin Classics (with a preface by Carol Ann Duffy). I have been giving readings all over town in support of it and would love to read for Sideshow.

    Please keep me in mind. Best,

    Aaron Poochigian

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