LGBT Center of Raleigh

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Meet the Author Series

Meet the AuthorAnnouncing the debut of the LGBT Library’s “Meet the Author” series! We will host a panel of accomplished LGBT authors throughout the year. Light refreshments will be served and the authors will be available to sign books and take questions. Seats fill up fast so make sure to arrive early. Please check back frequently for upcoming events or go to the Library Events Calendar for more info.

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Meet the Author: Writing Romance is the Perfect Affair

The LGBT Center of Raleigh Library is thrilled to host another “Meet the Author” event on March 23rd, 2013 from 2 to 4 pm.

D Jackson Leigh Meet the Author Rebecca Swartz 

Every Second Counts - D Jackson LeighTEverything Pales in Comparison - Rebecca Swartzhe author of six lesbian romance novels published by Bold Strokes Books, D. Jackson Leigh will read from her hot new release, “Every Second Counts,” and share her perspective on the art of writing romance stories from 2 to 4 pm on  March 23 at the LGBT Center of Raleigh.

Romance remains the bestselling genre in both LGBT and mainstream publishing. It also is often a building block for stories in many other genres such as historical, mystery, intrigue, science fiction and paranormal.

Leigh will be joined by Bella Books author Rebecca Swartz, whose debut novel “Everything Pales in Comparison.” was just awarded an Alice B. Readers Certificate. The honor is awarded to new authors who have an “outstanding maiden novel.”

Also, copies of Swartz’s debut novel and Leigh’s books will be available for purchase at the Meet the Author event, or the authors will be happy to sign copies that have been previously purchased.

Meet the Authors: Conversations on Faith - June 2013

Meet the Authors: Conversations on Faith - June 2013During this unprecedented event, each author will read from their latest books, answer questions, and take some time to meet and greet readers and autograph personal copies during a reception that immediately follows.

Justin Lee is the founder of the wildly popular forum and is a nationally recognized resource on being Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays Vs Christians Debate.

Rev. Marilyn Bowens is an author and is now the Pastor of Imani MCC of Durham. Her book, Ready to Answer: Why “Homophobic Church” is an Oxymoron, is a collection of essays that come from her experience growing up in the Black church.

John Suddath is a local free-lance author ( who is very active in the Center’s SAGE program and the Affirming Faith Forum. His latest book, Neither Here Nor There, is a memoir of his 7-decade struggle against guilt and fear to accept himself as both gay and as a Christian.

Please come early as seating is limited to the size of our Center.

Meet the Authors: Conversations on Faith - October 2013

Meet the Authors Conversations on Faith: October 2013In the second of this series of events co-sponsored by the LGBT Center of Raleigh Library and the Affirming Faith Forum on Sunday, October 13th from 2 pm - 4 pm, each author will read from their latest books, answer questions, and take some time to meet and greet readers and autograph personal copies during a reception that immediately follows.

Featured Authors

Jimmy Creech, a former minister for the United Methodist Church and a recipient of the LGBT Center’s Distinguished Service Award, will present selections from his book, Adam’s Gift. Jimmy has taken a break from public appearances as of late, so this will be an excellent opportunity to catch up with him.

Melody Moezzi is an Iranian-American Muslim author and attorney and a staunch advocate for Iranians, Muslims, women, and people in the LGBT community. She writes for The Huffington Post, Ms. Magazine Blog, Bipolar Disorder Magazine, among others. Many may have heard her interviewed by Frank Statio on The State of Things about her latest memoir, Haldol and Hyacinths: a Bipolar Life. Melody will read selections from her book and answer your questions.

Grantham West is the pseudonym of a local author and regular participant in the Center’s Affirming Faith Forum and SAGE Raleigh activities. He is also the author of a novel, AD 2040: Clear and Present Danger. One reviewer said about AD 2040, “The novel takes our world and turns it inside out…,” making for an imaginative story full of possibilities. Grant’s friends know him as “Bill,” and you will have an opportunity to hear part of his story and ask him questions.

Please come early as seating is limited to the size of our Center.

Meet the Authors: Conversations on Faith - January 2015

Meet the Authors Jan 2015 Conversations on FaithThe third in our series of Meet the Authors: Conversations on Faith events. This one will feature:

  • Author Zelda Lockhart
  • Poet Danielle Cortez

Zelda Lockhart Zelda Lockhart is Director of LaVenson Press Studios: Inspiring Women to Self-Define Through Writing & Publishing and is award winning author of novels Fifth Born, Cold Running Creek and Fifth Born II: The Hundredth Turtle. Lockhart was awarded Piedmont Laureate for Literature in North Carolina, a Barnes & Noble Discovery Award, and was finalist for both a Hurston Wright Award, a Lambda Literary Award and in 2014 was awarded the Ragan-Rubin Award for Literary Achievement. Lockhart is recognized nationally and abroad as an inspiring public speaker.

Zelda Lockhart books

She lives in Hillsborough on the 3.5 acres of land that she recently converted into LaVenson Press Studios, which offers a series of workshops, hosts a literary magazine and feeds participants from its organic garden. Visit her websites at and

Danielle Cortez 2 Danielle Cortez“Blaize” Danielle Cortez has always had a love for poetry and writing. She has grown into her voice, and now shares her works in front of various audiences. Affectionately known as a spit-fire, Danielle writes poetry that carries a profound appreciation for heartfelt honesty and a passion against all prejudices. Last year alone she has had two pieces published in the February edition of The Blotter magazine. She has also competed in the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam in Austin, TX and competed in the finals for the Bull City Slam Team. She now teaches and mentors a Creative Writing Workshop called “The Shade Tree,” here in Raleigh. She is a Baton Rouge native by way of Chicago; Danielle’s poetry has inherited her deep southern charm and authenticity. She and her wife now reside in Raleigh, North Carolina where she is a very active member in the LGBT community, utilizing poetry as her vehicle for change and understanding.


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