FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Tony Valenzuela
(213) 568-3570
info@lambdaliterary.org

Amazon.com Makes $25,000 Grant
to Lambda Literary Foundation for its
Writers’ Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices

Support will create next generation of LGBT literary stars

April 19, 2010 – The Lambda Literary Foundation, the country’s leading national nonprofit organization for the LGBT literary community, announced that it has received a grant of $25,000 from Amazon.com.  The grant will support the Writers’ Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices, to be held August 8th through August 15th, 2010 at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles.

Established in 2007 as the newest program of LLF, the Writers’ Retreat is the first of its kind ever offered to LGBT writers: a one-week intensive immersion in fiction, nonfiction or poetry taught by some of the gay community’s most talented and celebrated authors and instructors.  Students of the Writers’ Retreat spend the week working on their manuscripts and attending lectures by publishing industry professionals.  Writers’ Retreat Fellows have gone on to publish an impressive array of works.

“Amazon.com’s support of Lambda Literary reflects its ongoing commitment to the development of emerging voices in the LGBT community, and beyond,” said Tony Valenzuela, LLF’s Executive Director.  “The mission of the Writers’ Retreat is to foster the continued vitality of LGBT writers whose work fully explores the LGBT experience, and Amazon.com’s grant helps ensure the success of our efforts.”

“Amazon.com shares Lambda Literary’s commitment to developing great new authorial talent,” said Jon Fine, director of Author & Publisher Relations for Amazon.com.  “We are proud to be able to support the Writers’ Retreat as it nurtures the next generation of LGBT literature and writers.”

Amazon.com’s $25,000 grant is one of the most significant gifts to LLF in recent years and signals a new era of recognition for the mission and programs of Lambda Literary Foundation.  The grant will permit LLF to expand its outreach and enable more talented emerging writers to participate through scholarship funds.

The Writers’ Retreat provides an unparalleled opportunity to learn from the very best writers in the LGBT community.  This year’s main faculty:

Nicola Griffith, fiction, science fiction, mystery.  Winner of the Nebula Award; the Tiptree Prize; six-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award.

Ellery Washington, nonfiction.  Winner of the PEN Center West – Rosenthal Emerging Voices Award; IBWA prize for short fiction.

Ellen Bass, poetry.  Winner of the Elliston Book Award for Poetry; Nimrod/Hardman’s Pablo Neruda Prize; The Missouri Review’s Larry Levis Award; the Greensboro Poetry Prize; the New Letters Poetry Prize; the Chautauqua Poetry Prize; the Pushcart Prize; the Lambda Literary Award.

Equally distinguished guest faculty, whose names will be announced at a further date, will also present workshops and lectures.

Lambda Literary Foundation is one of a diverse range of not-for-profit organizations receiving support from Amazon.com for programs dedicated to developing new writers and creating and publishing new works.  Other recipients include Pen American Center, the New York Writers Coalition, National Novel Writing Month, Poets & Writers, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs and the Asian American Writers Workshop.  All of these organizations share Amazon.com’s dedication to fostering the creation, discussion, and publication of new writing and new authors.

Applications and scholarship requests for the Writers’ Retreat must be postmarked by May 1, 2010.  For more information, visit LLF’s website at www.LambdaLiterary.org.

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The Lambda Literary Foundation nurtures, celebrates, and preserves LGBT literature through programs that honor excellence, promote visibility and encourage development of emerging writers. LLF’s programs include: the Lambda Literary Awards, the Writers’ Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices, and our comprehensive website, www.LambdaLiterary.org. For more information call (213) 568-3570.

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