Desperate Living Reading Series began in April of 2020 during the COVID19 quarantine on Zoom as a way to reunite our friends in poetry during isolation. We named it after a favorite film by John Waters during a time  Desperate Living conditions in the height of the pandemic while simultaneously gesturing toward queer transgressive yet playful artistic production, particularly under moments of duress! 


For the NOLA Poetry Festival we will showcase a curation of New York City-based queer readers in a new setting, featuring new work thematically linked to Desperate Living.



Kay Gabriel

Ry Dunn

Becca Teich

Kamikaze Jones

Shiv Kotecha


Event Type

Live or Virtual