Writers Retreat For Emerging LGBTQ Voices Begins in Los Angeles

Reading Series to Showcase Talents of Established and Emerging Writers

Lambda Literary is pleased to announce the start of Lambda’s Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices, the only queer writers residency in the nation.

Over sixty emerging writers selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants will begin their residency today to be held at the University of Southern California and hosted by Lambda Literary.  This year’s faculty mentors leading student workshops are Kazim Ali (Poetry), Sara Ryan (Young Adult Fiction & Graphic Novels), Cherrie Moraga (Playwriting), Justin Torres (Fiction) and Linda Villarosa (Nonfiction).  This year’s guest faculty are Ryka Aoki and Amy Scholder.

The Fellows come from all over the United States and some have traveled as far as Australia, England and Mexico.  They will spend an intensive week working on manuscripts, attending industry and craft lectures and participating in public readings.

For the first time, the Faculty and Fellows readings are open to the public who are encouraged to meet the participants and listen to the amazing new works that will soon extend the fabric of our community’s literature.

READING SERIES – All readings are free and open to the public.

JUNE 23, 2015, 7 pm – Faculty Reading
Featuring Kazim Ali, Sara Ryan, Cherrie Moraga, Justin Torres, Linda Villarosa
University of Southern California (USC)
Mark Taper Hall of Humanities (THH), Rm 202
3501 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90089
* Requires paid parking if parking on campus

JUNE 26, 2015, 7 pm – FELLOWS READING I
Featuring Lambda Fellows in Fiction, Poetry, Genre Fiction, Playwriting and Nonfiction
University of Southern California (USC)
Tommy’s Place
3607 Trousdale Parkway (TCC-B4), Los Angeles, CA 90089
* Requires paid parking if parking on campus

JUNE 27, 2015, 7 pm – FELLOWS READING II
Featuring Lambda Fellows in Fiction, Poetry, Genre Fiction, Playwriting and Nonfiction
Antioch University
Tommy’s Place
400 Corporate Pointe, Rm A1000
Culver City, CA 90230

JUNE 28, 2015, 6:30 pm – FELLOWS READING III
Featuring Lambda Fellows in Fiction, Poetry, Genre Fiction, Playwriting and Nonfiction
The Last Bookstore
453 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

“Lambda’s Writers Retreat is one of our most important programs as it represents the future of LGBTQ literature,” says Tony Valenzuela, Executive Director.  “We hope the Los Angeles literary community will come out for the reading series and listen to the work of these incredibly talented writers.”



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