Did you see us on the corner with our tiny video camera and big literature? A group of iconoclastic local writers showed up for the GuerrillaReads video walk at the first (annual?) Lambda LitFest on March 12. We met at the corner in Silver Lake where A Different Light once stood. More than a bookstore, A Different Light was a an LGBTQ community center and a safe space at a time when being out was dangerous. It was also the place where, guerrilla reader Lynn Harris Ballen told us, author and troublemaker Jeanne Córdova (aka GuerrillaReads No. 52) proposed to her. We read our works on the corner, paying tribute to everything A Different Light once stood for.
This week GuerrillaReads will post the work of one video walk participant each day. You’ll see
- A tribute to the late poet Tatiana de la Tierra, by Olga García Echeverría, Persephone Gonzalez, and Cat Uribe
- Poetry by Federico Villalobos-Zambranou
- A fragment from Lynn Harris Ballen’s memoir-in-progress
- A poem by Olga García Echeverría
- Excerpts from the undiscovered diaries of Anaïs Nin, as read by Marga Gomez
To kick things off, I’d like to introduce you to A Different Light, with this guerrilla reading.