Entertainment for Bisexual Book Awards is announced

Performers for the Third Annual Bisexual Book AwardsThe Third Annual Bisexual Book Awards, which is organized by the Bi Writers Association, has announced its performers and we have the inside scoop. The program consists of readings by finalists of the Bisexual Book Awards, projected art, live music and an art photography presentation capped off with the Bisexual Book Awards Ceremony and an after-party that all takes place in New York City's Greenwich Village.



The Bisexual Book Awards will be returning to Westbeth Community Room (55 Bethune W. of Washington), a location favored by attendees last year. Doors open at 6:30. More venue and schedule details can be found on the Bi Writers Association website, as well as Facebook or Meetbi, where you can also RSVP. Tickets are $15 at the door.
Below are the details on all the performers so read on...
Dr. Herukhuti
Dr. Herukhuti Courtesy of Dr. Herukhuti

Dr. Herukhuti

An emerging voice in bisexuality studies, Dr. Herukhuti is helping people understand the complexities and power relations embedded in sexuality, race, gender, class and culture through his writing, lectures, performances and workshops. He is Chief Erotics Officer (CEO) of Center for Culture, Sexuality and Spirituality and editor-in-chief of sacredsexualities.org.
Dr. Herukhuti plans to read the powerful "Preface" to "Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men" co-edited with long-time bi activist Robyn Ochs.
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Courtney Moreno
Courtney Moreno Lydia Daniller

Courtney Moreno

Courtney Moreno’s award-winning writing has been published in LA Weekly and Best American Nonrequired Reading. She received a B.S. in molecular biology from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of San Francisco. During the ten years in between, she worked as an entomologist’s assistant, lab technician, clinical research coordinator, stagehand, set carpenter, modern and aerial dancer, EMT, and field training officer. She lives in San Francisco.
Moreno will be reading from her novel "In Case Of Emergency" about life as a female EMT and falling in love with another woman who is a vet with PTSD.
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Vivek Shraya
Vivek Shraya Courtesy of Vivek Shraya

Vivek Shraya

Vivek Shraya is a multimedia artist, writer, and performer. His YA collection God Loves Hair was shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award; a new edition was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2014. His first novel She of the Mountains was also published in 2014. He lives in Toronto.
Shraya will read from "She of the Mountains," his combination re-imagined Hindu mythology/contemporary love story. Illustrations from the book will simultaneously be projected.
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Nora Olsen
Nora Olsen Courtesy of Nora Olsen

Nora Olsen

Nora Olsen is the author of the YA novels "Frenemy of the People," "Swans & Klons," and "The End: Five Queer Kids Save the World." Her next book, "Maxine Wore Black," is forthcoming from Bold Strokes Books/Soliloquy in October 2014. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her girlfriend and two cats.
Olsen will read from her recent YA novel, "Frenemy of the People" combining a girl-girl love story of opposites attracting with a revenge scheme against the bank that foreclosed on one girl's family home.
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Geer Austin
Geer Austin Sheela Lambert

Geer Austin

Geer Austin is the author of Cloverleaf, a poetry chapbook from Poets Wear Prada Press. His poetry and fiction has appeared in online and print journals and anthologies. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Austin will read his story about a teenage bromance in the 60's, "Naked in the World," his contribution to "Best Bi Short Stories."
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Laura Foley
Laura Foley Courtesy of Laura Foley

Laura Foley

Laura Foley is the author of four poetry collections. Joy Street was released in July, 2014. The Glass Tree won ForeWord’s Book of the Year Award (Silver) and was Finalist for New Hampshire Writer’s Project, Outstanding Book of Poetry. She lives with her partner on a woody hill in Vermont.
Foley will be reading her poetry from Joy Street of a widow who finds new love with a woman.
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A.R. Fiano
A.R. Fiano Courtesy of A.R. Fiano

A.R. Fiano

AR Fiano, author of the Gabriel's World series, is a New York City-based author, teacher and LGBT youth advocate. She has past careers in nonprofit advocacy, civil rights law, and teaching philosophy, law, and Eastern religion in various colleges.
Fiano will read from her mystery novel, "The Book of Joel," the third in the Gabriel's World Series.
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Ann Herendeen
Ann Herendeen Pauline Park

Ann Herendeen

Ann Herendeen is the author of: novels Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander, and Pride/Prejudice, a Lambda Literary Award finalist for Bisexual Fiction, both published by HarperCollins; short story, A Charming Ménage (Gay City Anthology 4, At Second Glance); e-book fantasy series, "Lady Amalie's memoirs," which chronicles m/m/f family life.
Herendeen will read the vampire story "Angels Dance" by James Williams as a tribute to the Best Bi Short Stories contributor, who passed away in Oct of 2014.
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Gymnos Alitheia
Gymnos Alitheia Efrain Gonzalez

Gymnos Alitheia

Gymnos Alitheia is not the name assigned to him at birth. Still, he presents as a cis, bi, nudist; visual artist and model; underground poet, community organizer and expressive being; an entity based in NYC. This nom de plume translates from Greek as "Naked Truth." And so it is from the dual impulses to express from a vulnerable core and to uncover what is unseen, that drives Gymnos' ongoing art project.
Alitheia will present a collection of photos from his "Full Disclosure" series.
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Rorie Kelly
Rorie Kelly Bylan Darson 2014

Rorie Kelly

Rorie Kelly is a small redheaded tornado of sound. Her aggressive acoustic guitar style complements raw, powerhouse vocals to pack a serious punch. First-time listeners often comment, "I can't believe that voice came out of that body." The singer/songwriter has been compared to Alanis Morissette and Janis Joplin for her catchy, melodic songwriting style and raw vocal power. Music, videos, and tour dates are available on her website.
Kelly will play songs from her forthcoming album, "Rising Rising Rising" currently in a crowdfunding campaign on RocketHub.
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Shari Slade
Shari Slade Courtesy of Shari Slade

Shari Slade

Shari Slade writes steamy new adult and contemporary erotic romance.
Slade will read from her Erotic Romance rock & roll novel co-written with Amber Lin, "One Kiss with a Rock Star."
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Sheela Lambert
Sheela Lambert Thai Huynh

Sheela Lambert

Sheela Lambert is director of the Bi Writers Association, the Bisexual Book Awards and the Bi Book Club in NYC. She has published in LGBTQ America Today Encyclopedia, Huffington Post, Advocate.com, Curve Magazine, Gay & Lesbian Review, Lambda Literary Review, Journal of Bisexuality, AfterEllen, and is a veteran bi & LGBT activist, educator and event organizer who resides in New York City. Best Bi Short Stories, her anthology of bisexual short fiction in multiple genres, is a triple finalist for the Lammys, the Bisexual Book Awards & the Rainbow Awards.
Lambert will host the Bisexual Book Awards and its multi-arts program preceding the awards ceremony.