Queer Author Panel at Lexington Pride

Join us on Saturday, June 29, 3:30–5:00 PM at the Lexington Pride Festival for our Queer Author Panel & Reading. Jackson Garton (Avalon's Last Knight and The Mover), LeTonia Jones (Black Girl at the Intersection) and Ondine Quinn (Creating Community through Cuban Cuisine: Meat and Plant-based Options for Everyone) will read from their work, talk about their experience as writers, and discuss their writing process. Author and Carnegie Center instructor Erin Fitzgerald will moderate the panel. This panle is brought to you by Read With Pride, the Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning, and the Lexington Pride Center. The event will take place at the Central Bank Convention Center, panel room on the second floor. 


Jackson Garton is an educator, activist and writer hailing from the low hills and hollers of West Virginia. His love affair with writing started in elementary school where he won an award for writing and illustrating a personal adaptation of Cinderella. A rich imagination and deep love of fantasy is what kept him alive during his childhood years, and helped solidify the belief that a different world is possible. His young adult speculative novel, The Mover, was a finalist in the 2019 Bisexual Book Awards, and acted as the catalyst for jumpstarting his return to writing. Since then he has gone on to publish a queer reimagining of King Arthur and his friendship with famed knight, Lancelot – Avalon’s Last Knight. Jackson chooses to use Appalachia as a backdrop for his fantastical tales, not only because the mountains are brimming with magic, but also to highlight the rich cultural diversity and biodiversity of the region. In his spare time, you can find Jackson hiking, spending time with friends, living that single dad life, and postponing necessary house repairs, because really, who can be bothered?

LeTonia Jones is a lifelong Kentuckian who has used the alchemy of arts and activism for over 25 years. She has led public arts campaigns and projects with the purpose of centering the lived experiences of those pushed to the margins, while at the same time stirring emotions, facilitating space for insight, and moving audiences and communities toward greater acts of care and love. In 2007, while employed at the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, she collaborated with author and award-winning playwright Eve Ensler and V-Day to produce and pilot a two-week statewide arts and activism festival and awareness campaign to end violence against women and girls in Kentucky reaching 1.2 million Kentuckians. In 2009, she cocreated and co-facilitated SwallowTale Project, which entered correctional institutions. The project culminated in a book called SwallowTale Project, which featured writings from incarcerated women in Kentucky. In 2020, LeTonia co-founded Bloodroot Ink, a writing circle for Black, Indigenous, and Womyn of Color. LeTonia Jones lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her two dogs, Mojo and Peggy. Black Girl at the Intersection introduces her as a poet who believes acts of witnessing and acts of being witnessed are revolutionary.

Ondine Quinn (they/them) is a queer Latinx/e intersectional-feminist, artist, and rabble-rouser. They earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Studies from Ohio State University, a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Kentucky and completed the Sexual Health Certificate Program through the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work. They have worked in the social movement/justice space for a long time, and is currently focused on expanding access to abortion in the south. In 2022 Ondine published their first book of Cuban recipes, Creating Community through Cuban Cuisine: Meat and Plant-based Options for Everyone, and is in the process of getting enough poetry together for a book (fingers crossed!). In their freetime you can find them making electronic music, reading, playing video games and hanging out with their partner and their dog named Rabbit. Originally from Ohio, they've called Kentucky home since 2005.

Erin Fitzgerald (a.k.a. A Girl Named Earl) is a multi-directional artist who currently splits her time between Louisville and Lexington. She sings and plays music using a variety of styles and instruments, but her primary instrument is her voice. Earl is also a writer of stories and plays, as well as the creator of SPECTRUM - a cartoon (mostly) about neurodivergence and queerness. https://www.agirlnamedearl.net/

June 29, 2024
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Central Bank Convention Center
430 W Vine St, Lexington, KY 40507

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