Bear Bards reading noted as Saints + Sinners feature in Gambit Weekly

Bear Bards noted as Saints & Sinners feature in Gambit Weekly


The Bear Bards Read event held at JohnPaul’s during this year’s Saints & Sinners queer lit fest in New Orleans drew a crowd of more than 40 people.


Here’s David Bergman in one of a series of photos taken of the readers. The entire series is on my Facebook album for the event.



The reading drew some attention from the New Orleans free paper, Gambit Weekly, which mentioned it in their Preview of the festival.

The event features readings, master classes and workshops on everything from fiction, poetry, working with personal narratives and various genre niches — from mystery novels to poetry publications for the bear community — to getting published and other topics.

Stay tuned for more Bear Bards readings as we approach the release of my next anthology, Hibernation, and Other Poems by Bear Bards.

Author: Ron Suresha

Ron Jackson Suresha is an editor, anthologist, and writer. He is considered an authority on emergent queer masculinities, in particular the subcultures of gay and bi male Bears and of male bisexuality. For Ron's service to the bear community, he was named "Bear of the Year" 2008. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Suresha attended the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, 1976-8), where he studied creative writing, and Vista College (Berkeley, Cal., 1989-92), where he studied American Sign Language. For more than two decades, he has worked as a freelance proofreader for trade book publishers such as Shambhala Publications. He was married in October 2004 to Rocco Russo. He is also a licensed Justice of the Peace in Connecticut, an ordained minister, ULC, and a member of the New London Green Party. Nonfiction works include Bears on Bears: Interviews & Discussions; Bi Men: Coming Out (coeditor, with Pete Chvany); Bisexual Perspectives on the Life and Work of Alfred C. Kinsey (editor). His latest book is The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin: Stories, jests, and donkey tales of the beloved Persian folk hero, published by Lethe Press.