November 23, 2014

Amazon.com Renews $25,000 Grant to Lambda Literary’s Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices

Posted on 12. Mar, 2013 by in Foundation Updates

Amazon.com Renews $25,000 Grant to Lambda Literary’s Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices

Amazon continues its support for next generation of LGBT literary stars

Lambda Literary Foundation, the country’s leading national nonprofit organization for the LGBT literary community, is pleased to announce the renewal of a grant of $25,000 from Amazon.com for a fourth year in a row, a continuation of Amazon.com’s support for the Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices. This year’s Retreat will be held July 28th through August 4th, 2013 in Los Angeles.

LLF’s Writers Retreat is the only residency in the world established specifically for promising LGBT writers. For one rigorous, immersive week, Writers Retreat students in fiction, genre and young adult fiction, nonfiction or poetry will workshop their manuscripts, forge connections to publishing industry professionals and build a community of peers on whom they’ll depend for years of encouragement, inspiration and friendship. Writers Retreat Fellows have gone on to publish an impressive array of works.

“Amazon’s enduring and generous support of LLF’s Writers Retreat reflects its commitment to nurturing emerging voices in the LGBT community,” said Tony Valenzuela, LLF’s Executive Director. “We are grateful to Amazon.com for helping to ensure the success of the Retreat which has firmly established itself as a leading center of creativity for up-and-coming LGBT writers whose work fully explores the LGBT experience.”

“LLF’s continued commitment to developing great voices sets a high bar for other literary organizations,” said Jon Fine, director of Author & Publisher Relations for Amazon.com. “The Writers Retreat provides essential creative, spiritual and practical support for authors in the LGBT community.  We are proud to continue our support of LLF and the Writers Retreat, and look forward to great new works from these emerging voices.”

Amazon.com’s $25,000 grant is a significant contribution to the mission of the Lambda Literary Foundation.  As in years past, the grant will enable emerging writers with talent and promise 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:

Samuel R. Delany, Fiction. His novels include NovaDhalgrenHogg, The Mad Man, the Stonewall Award-winning Dark Reflections, and-most recently-Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders. His nonfiction collections include Silent Interviews, Longer ViewsShorter Views, and Times Square Red/Times Square Blue. His award-winning autobiography is The Motion of Light in Water. A judge for the 2010 National Book Awards, he was the subject of a 2007 documentary, The Polymath. He lives in New York City and teaches creative writing at Temple University.

Malinda Lo, Genre Fiction and Young Adult Fiction. She is the author of Adaptation, a YA sci-fi thriller; the sequel will be published in fall 2013. Her first novel, Ash, a retelling of Cinderella with a lesbian twist, was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award for YA Fantasy and Science Fiction, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and the Lambda Literary Award. Her second novel, Huntress, a companion novel to Ash, was a Lambda Literary Award finalist and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She lives in Northern California with her partner and their dog.

Sarah Schulman, Nonfiction. She is the author of the nonfiction books My American History: Lesbian and Gay Life During The Reagan/Bush Years, Stagestruck: Theater, AIDS and the Marketing of Gay America, Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences, The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination, Israel/Palestine and the Queer International. Her novels include The Mere Future, The Child, Shimmer, Empathy, Rat Bohemia, People In Trouble, After Delores, Girls Visions and Everything, and The Sophie Horowitz Story. She is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island and a Fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University and the Bonham Center for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto.

David Groff, Poetry. His new book Clay was chosen by Michael Waters as winner of the Louise Bogan Award and is being published this year by Trio House Press. His previous collection, Theory of Devolution, was selected by Mark Doty for the National Poetry Series and was nominated for the Lambda Literary and Publishing Triangle awards. With Philip Clark he is coeditor of Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS (Alyson). David’s poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Chicago Review, Court Green, Georgia Review, Inkwell, The Iowa Review, Margie, Mead, Phat’itude, Poetry, and other magazines. An independent book editor and literary scout he has, since 2007, taught in the M.F.A. Graduate Creative Writing Program at the City College of New York.

Distinguished guest faculty, whose names will be announced at a later 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 The Kenyon Review, One Story, Writegirl, Narrative Magazine, Copper Canyon, The Loft Literary Center, Seattle Arts & Lectures, Pen American Center, the New York Writers Coalition, National Novel Writing Month, the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, Hedgebrook, 826 Seattle, the Alliance for Young Artist and Writers, Girls Write Now, Public SpaceSlice, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Bomb, Brooklyn Book Festival, Words Without Borders, The Moth, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Milkweed Editions, Coffee House Press, Graywolf Press, The Moth, Clarion West, Center for the Art of Translation, Shared Worlds, the Center for Fiction, Archipelago Books 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 are open through April 1, 2013.  For additional information, click here.

Tony Valenzuela, Executive Director, Lambda Literary Foundation. A graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing program of the California Institute of the Arts, Valenzuela is a longtime community activist and writer whose work has focused on LGBT civil rights, sexual liberation and gay men’s health. Read his full bio here and contact him here.

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