October 23, 2014

2015 Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices

Posted on October 15, 2014 by in Foundation Updates

Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices 

Announces Summer 2015 Workshop Faculty     

Applications Open Through January 5, 2015

Lambda Literary is proud to announce details of the 2015 Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices, the nation’s premier LGBTQ writers workshop and residency. The Retreat will be held June 22-29, 2015 on the campus of the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. (more…)

Lambda Literary’s Dr. James Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize & Dr. Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award 

Posted on October 5, 2014 by in Foundation Updates

Nominations Open Through December 15, 2014 


Lambda Literary’s Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize honors LGBT-identified authors who have published multiple novels, built a strong reputation and following, and show promise to continue publishing high quality work for years to come. Made possible through the generous support of James Duggins, the award includes a cash prize of $5000. Two Mid-Career awards will be presented at the 2015 Lambda Literary Awards Ceremony. Nominations must be received by December 15, 2014.



Lambda Literary’s Dr. Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award recognizes LGBT-identified writers whose work demonstrates their strong potential for promising careers. Made possible through a generous gift from Teresa DeCrescenzo, MSW in honor of Dr. Betty Berzon, two Emerging Writer awards will be presented at the 2015 Lambda Literary Awards Ceremony. The award includes a cash prize of $1000.  Nominations must be received by December 15, 2014.


About James Duggins, PhD:   

A U.S. Navy Journalist in the Pacific (Korean War), Jim studied with James Michener and Bill Lederer. He graduated from San Francisco State, and received his PhD from UC Berkeley. He taught English and Speech at high school and community college, and retired as a professor from San Francisco State. He is co-author of Hooked on Books (Berkley Books), compiled Teaching Reading for Human Values (Charles Merrill), and has written many articles for academic journals (The English Journal, The Journal of Reading, Wilson Library Journal). Jim’s memoir piece, “A Rock and a Hard Place,” appeared in Love, Castro Street: Reflections of San Francisco (Alyson Press, 2007). He now writes fiction full time and his current works include The Power: A Novel of Voodoo and Slave Stealer, The Man Without A Conscience, and The Possession of Sarah Winchester. Jim Duggins is a member of the Original Palm Springs Writers Guild (Palm Springs, CA), The Authors Guild (New York) and the Historical Novel Society. He divides his time between the desert in southern California and his house in Mexico where he collects Mexican Folk Art and is a regular contributor to museums around the United States.

About Dr. Betty Berzon:

Dr. Betty Berzon (1928 – 2006) was an author and psychotherapist renown for her work with the LGBT community. She was among the first psychotherapists to assist gay and lesbian clients. After coming out as a lesbian in 1968, she began providing therapy to gays and lesbians, and in 1971, she helped found the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center as well as an organization of gays and lesbians within the American Psychiatric Association, which declassified homosexuality as a mental illness two years later.

Berzon temporarily attended Stanford University before enrolling in UCLA in 1952 and graduating in 1957. She then obtained her master’s degree from San Diego State University in 1962.

Dr. Berzon’s books included Positively Gay (1979), Permanent Partners (1988), and The Intimacy Dance (1996). Berzon also wrote a personal memoir, Surviving Madness, a Therapist’s Own Story (2002) in which she discussed her previous suicide attempt and institutionalization. The book received a Lambda Literary Award in memoir. For many years, she wrote an advice column on gay relationships for PlanetOut.com.

Berzon was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1986. She was treated by mastectomy and her cancer remained in remission for many years. The cancer returned in 2001, and Berzon died on January 24, 2006. She is survived by Teresa DeCrescenzo, the founder of Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services, whom Berzon met in 1973 and married during a mass wedding ceremony at the 1993 March on Washington.

Dr. Betty Berzon held a lifelong passion for literature. Through this award, she wanted to ensure the support of emerging LGBT writers beyond her lifetime.

About Teresa DeCrescenzo:

Teresa DeCrescenzo, MSW, is a graduate of the USC School of Social Work, which honored her with its Most Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1991. She is also the Founder of the first residential program for LGBT youth in foster care in the country(Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services). Terry was named Social Worker of the Year by NASW in 1990. In 1995, she was named Outstanding Administrator, while in 2005, she was given the “Pioneer Award” by the Child Welfare League of America. Terry was recognized with the Knee-Whitman Award in 2007 for her national impact on mental health policy, and was inducted into the NASW Hall of Distinction in October 2012. Among her publications is the book, Helping Gay and Lesbian Youth: New Policies, New Programs. Terry is the Director of Social Services at a large acute- care hospital and is adjunct faculty at California State University, Northridge.



Our Annual Open Call for Lambda Literary Board Member Applicants

Posted on September 17, 2014 by in From the Board

For the second year in a row, Lambda Literary is pleased to announce an open call for interested parties to apply for a seat on our board of directors. Last year, this open call resulted in bringing Amy Scholder onto our board. (more…)

Watch the Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices 2014 Fellows Readings

Posted on September 2, 2014 by in Foundation Updates

At our 2014 Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices, 47 fellows in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and genre fiction each gave brief readings of their work. [Please note: The videos will appear slowly as they load.]


2014 Lambda Literary Returning Fellows

Lambda Literary Opens Submissions Period for the 27th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

Posted on August 21, 2014 by in Foundation Updates

Lambda Literary is proud to announce the opening of the submissions period for the 27th Annual Lambda Literary Awards (Lammys). Entering their 27th year, the Lammys honor books in more than twenty genres ranging from literary fiction and poetry to speculative fiction, romance and memoir. (more…)

World’s Best LGBTQ Literary Site is About to Get Better (With Your Help)

Posted on July 23, 2014 by in Foundation Updates

The Lambda Literary Review, the world’s most comprehensive online LGBTQ literary magazine, needs to raise $25,000 to make our website more dynamic and engaging for our 50,000 monthly readers. This upgrade would allow us to bring you a fresh, contemporary look, videos, podcasts, streamlined navigation, improved search options and the ability to easily navigate the site on your smartphone. (more…)

The David Bohnett Foundation Awards Lambda Literary $10,000 Grant

Posted on June 25, 2014 by in Foundation Updates

Lambda Literary, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization advancing LGBTQ literature, is pleased to announce that it has received a grant of $10,000 from the David Bohnett Foundation to improve its website, (more…)

The Judges for the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

Posted on June 10, 2014 by in Foundation Updates

The Lambda Literary Foundation Thanks the Judges for the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards

26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Judges

Michael Amico is a PhD candidate in American Studies at Yale University. He is the co-author, with Michael Bronski and Ann Pellegrini, of current Lammy Finalist You Can Tell Just By Looking: And 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People. (more…)

Tonight is the Night! Purchase Your tickets to the Lambda Literary Awards Now!

Posted on June 2, 2014 by in Foundation Updates

The Lambda Literary Awards identify and celebrate the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender books of the year and affirm that LGBT stories are part of the literature of the world. The Awards ceremony has consistently drawn an audience representing every facet of publishing. (more…)

Lambda Literary Foundation Announces E. Lynn Harris Award for Excellence in Black LGBT Short Fiction

Posted on May 13, 2014 by in Foundation Updates

The Lambda Literary Foundation is thrilled to announce that A. Naomi Jackson is the winner of the first E. Lynn Harris Award for Excellence in Black LGBT Short Fiction. Selected by contest judges Linda Villarosa and Don Weise, “Ladies” is a short story set in Jamaica that chronicles the romance between two women who meet at teachers college and reconnect many years later as women in Brooklyn. Weise says of the story, “What impressed Linda and me wasn’t just Naomi’s command of craft and storytelling but that “Ladies” is so original and moving. It’s such a pleasure to discover fiction of this caliber from a new writer. It’s exactly what Linda Villarosa,  E. Lynn’s mother, Etta Harris, and I hoped for when we created the Harris Award in the first place.” (more…)