Glad Day Bookshop & Glad Day Lit present NAKED HEART – The LGBTQ Festival of Words, taking place November 11th, 12th and 13th, 2016  in and around the Church & Wellesley neighbourhood of Toronto. The Festival includes workshops, panels, performances & discussions for writers and lovers of words.

Venues include Glad Day Bookshop (499 Church Street), Buddies In Bad Time Theatre (12 Alexander Street), the Xtra Lounge (2 Carlton) and City Park Library (31 Alexander Street). All spaces are wheelchairs accessible and ASL will be provided all day Saturday and Sunday in one venue.

Launched in 2015, Naked Heart is already the largest and most diverse LGBTQ literary festival in the world, with an estimated 2000 attendees, over 120 writers, and 47 events.

More information and tickets can be found on the website.

See below for a listing of this year’s lineup of writers.

Angela Semple
Anil Kamal
Cherie Dimaline
Christian Baines
Clementine Morrigan
David Demchuk
Esther Harvey
Fan Wu
Hannah Harris-Sutro
j wallace skelton
J.M Frey
Jacqueline Valencia
Jaene F. Castrillon
janet romero-leiva
Jessica L. Webb
Johnnie Walker
Joie Lamar
Katie Sly
Kristyn Dunnion
Lue Boileua
Markus / Star
Masti Khor
Meryn Cadell
Michaela Washburn
Queer Songbook Orchestra
Raymond Luczak
Sheila van den Heuvel-Collins
Terence Go
Vero Diaz
Zainab Anoop Imam


Adam Zachary
Andrew Gurza
Audrey Dwyer
Barry Webster
Catherine Hernandez
Chimwemwe Undi
Christopher DiRaddo
Crystal Mars
David Lewis-Peart
Dora Ng
Elizabeth Ruth
Elliott DeLine
Eric Wright
Farzana Doctor
Felice Picano
Francisco Ibanez-Carrasco
Georgia Beers
Gwen Benaway
Hasan Namir
Jeffrey Round
jia qing wilson-yang
JP Larocque
Kai Cheng Thom
Kaleigh Trace
Kamal Al-Solaylee
Kamila Rina
Liz Bugg
Lydia Perovic
Lynx Sainte-Marie
M-E Girard
M. Milks
Maureen Hynes
Monica Garrido
‘Nathan Burgoine
Nia Levy King
Nick Comilla
Rachel Spangler
Rae Spoon
Rasiqra Revulva
Samuel R. Delany
Shaunga Tagore
Sil Hernando
Stephen Graham King
Tom Cho
Trebor Healey
Troy Jackson


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