Lambda Literary Foundation (LLF), the country’s leading national nonprofit organization advancing LGBT literature, is pleased to announce the renewal of a grant of $25,000 from Amazon.com for a fifth 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 August 3rd through August 10th, 2014 in Los Angeles.

LLF’s Writers Retreat is the only residency in the world established specifically for talented, emerging LGBT writers. Since 2007 when the program began, LLF has graduated over 240 Fellows from its summer Retreat. For one rigorous, immersive week, Retreat students in fiction, genre fiction, nonfiction or poetry work on their manuscripts in small, individualized workshops, forge critical connections to publishing industry professionals and build a community of peers on whom they’ll depend for years of encouragement, inspiration and friendship.

“Amazon’s ongoing and generous grants have helped the Writers Retreat grow and establish a stellar reputation nationwide,” said Tony Valenzuela, LLF’s Executive Director.  “Amazon’s support reflects its commitment to nurturing emerging voices in the LGBT community. Lambda Fellows are not only among our community’s most talented up-and-coming writers, they graduate from our program and go on to publish prolifically, winning other fellowships and literary awards along the way.”

“LLF’s Writers Retreat empowers emerging LGBT writers with the professional and creative skills, and supportive community, necessary to grow and succeed as storytellers,” said Jon Fine, director of Author & Publishing Relations for Amazon.com. “The faculty and staff are unparalleled in their commitment to developing these voices. Amazon is proud to continue our support of LLF and the Writers Retreat, and look forward to great new stories from these young talents.”

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 Retreat this summer will also establish the publication of an annual e-book anthology of writings by Fellows that will be available on Amazon.com before the end of the year.

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

Lucy Jane Bledsoe is the author of a collection of short stories and four novels, the most recent of which is The Big Bang Symphony. Her fiction has won a Yaddo Fellowship, the 2013 Saturday Evening Post Fiction Award, the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, a California Arts Council Fellowship, an American Library Association Stonewall Award, and two National Science Foundation Artists & Writers Fellowships. Five of her books have been Lammy finalists. Her stories have been translated into Japanese, Spanish, German, Dutch, and Chinese. She’s traveled to both Cuba and Antarctica as a visiting writer.

Eduardo C. Corral is a CantoMundo fellow. He holds degrees from Arizona State University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2012Beloit Poetry JournalJubilatNew England Review,Ploughshares, and Poetry. His work has been honored with a “Discovery”/The Nation Award, the J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize from Poetry, and writing residencies to the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. He has served as the Olive B. O’Connor Fellow in Creative Writing at Colgate University and as the Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. Slow Lightning, his first book of poems, was selected by Carl Phillips as the 2011 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. He’s the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He lives in New York City.

Randall Kenan is the author of a novel, A Visitation of Spirits; two works of non-fiction, Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century and The Fire This Time; and a collection of stories, Let the Dead Bury Their Dead.  He edited and wrote the introduction for The Cross of Redemption: The Uncollected Writings of James Baldwin.  Among his awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, the North Carolina Award, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Rome Prize.  He is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Elizabeth Sims is the author of short stories and novels, including the Rita Farmer Mysteries (St. Martin’s Minotaur) and the Lambda award-winning Lillian Byrd crime novels (Alyson Books). A Contributing Editor at Writer’s Digest magazine, and a popular instructor at workshops and conferences across the country, Elizabeth has helped thousands of fledgling writers find their wings. Her instructional title, You’ve Got a Book in You: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams (released by Writer’s Digest Books in 2013), became a bestseller at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. “Writing is easy,” says Elizabeth, “if you get the hell out of your own way and unleash your natural talent.” Elizabeth earned degrees in English from Michigan State University and Wayne State University, where she won the Tompkins Award for graduate fiction. She belongs to several literary societies as well as American Mensa.

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.

Learn more at www.amazon.com/authorgrants.

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

  1. Len Rogers 17 April 2014 at 11:55 AM #

    Bravo!!!!!!!



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