Wait!  All I have today is register for the conference, right?  Wrong!  Off-site events begin as soon as the conference does!  Here are the ones slated for this evening!

YAS Queen: Out of the MarginsWednesday, February 8 at 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM @ Olive Garden, 3480 East-West Hwy, Hyattsville, MD:  Yas Queen is a night celebrating women, LGBT, and POC writers including: Heidi Czerwiec, Lynn Domina, Roy G. Guzmán, Nicole Oquendo, Deonte Osayande, Jessica Walsh, the 2016 Freshwater Poetry Slam Team and is hosted by Anthony Ramirez and Janeen Rastall. You can purchase drinks/dinner

The Queer Kiss ReadingWednesday, February 8 at 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM @ Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, Washington DC:  A poetry reading in response to the horrific shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL, reportedly provoked by the shooter observing a queer kiss. Each reader will share a poem in celebration of queer love and the LGBT community. Featured poets: Cam Awkard-Rich, Lauren May, Kathi Wolfe, and more!