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Outwrite Bookstore's last tango 

January 24, 2011 - Last night, a final evening of author readings was held at Outwrite. The store was packed and, though spirits were high, there was a weight and sadness in the air as the imminent closing of the beloved store continues to loom. Usually, authors would read from selected published poems or books, but last night many shared personal poems written in homage to the bookstore that has served as a nurturing hub for Atlanta's LGBT community since 1993.
Dustin Chambers
Dustin Chambers
Poet and playwright Collin Kelley read a collection of poems about his sexual journeys.
Dustin Chambers
Outwrite features not only GLBT literature but a wide array of books in fiction, politics, style, entertainment, photography, and art books.
Dustin Chambers
Dustin Chambers
Don Perryman read a beautiful poem in ode to Outwrite.
Dustin Chambers
Dustin Chambers
Atlanta poet Franklin Abbott (left) hosted the evening. Poet Rico Revels gets a hearty laugh out of him at the end of his final poem.
Dustin Chambers
Owner and founder of Outwrite, Philip Rafshoon(above), listens to the final night of author readings at the 10th and Piedmont location. Rafshoon says he prefers to call the closing a move — he hopes to open a new location in the same neighborhood soon.
Dustin Chambers
Hours after the announcement of the closing of the bookstore, Rafshoon said they had already gotten calls from almost twenty people about potential spaces for Outwrite's new location.
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