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.

E. R. Anderson is a queer Southern writer, bookseller, and editor from Atlanta, GA. She is a Lambda Literary Fellow and Executive Director of Charis Circle, the non-profit programming arm of Charis Books and More, the nation’s oldest and largest feminist bookstore.

Alysia Angel is a southern-bred Lakota and working-class queer high femme. She is a Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow whose work has appeared in numerous publications including Say Please, Leather Ever After, and Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love & Fashion.

Ryka Aoki is the author of Seasonal Velocities, He Mele a Hilo (A Hilo Song), and the forthcoming Why Dust Shall Never Settle upon this Soul. She likes Hello Kitty, ice cream, and judo. Please visit her web site at

Alison Bechdel is the author of the Lammy-winning graphic memoir Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic and Lammy Finalist Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama. For 25 years, she wrote and drew the comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For.”

S. Bear Bergman is an award-winning author, storyteller, educator, and shit-disturber. A current Lammy finalist, Bear has published six books, toured the US and Canada as a storyteller, and won audience choice awards at three consecutive National Gay & Lesbian Theatre Festivals.

Talia Bettcher is a Professor of Philosophy at California State University, LA. Some of her articles include “Evil Deceivers and Make-Believers: On Transphobic Violence and the Politics of Illusion” and “Trapped in the Wrong Theory: Rethinking Trans Oppression and Resistance.”

Anthony Bidulka is the author of two series: the fast-paced thriller series featuring Disaster Recovery Agent Adam Saint and the long-running, Lammy-winning mystery series featuring Russell Quant. Please visit Anthony at, Facebook, Twitter (@abidulka), and YouTube.

Andrew W. M. Beierle is the author of the Lammy-winning romance The Winter of Our Discothèque and Lammy fiction finalist First Person Plural. He lives in Santa Cruz, CA, with his dog, Bandit.

Phyllis M. Betz teaches English at La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA. Much of her critical work focuses on lesbian writers of popular genres, and she has written three books on lesbian detective fiction, lesbian romances, and lesbian fantasy/gothic literature.

Dennis Bolin is an avid reader and collector of gay mysteries and lives in Dallas, TX. His essay on the enduring legacy of bestsellers with gay themes from the mid-twentieth century appears in The Golden Age of Gay Fiction.

Paige Braddock worked as an illustrator for several newspapers, including The Chicago Tribune and The Atlanta Constitution. She is the creator of the award-winning comic “Jane’s World.” Currently she is the Creative Director at Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates.

Michael Bronski is Professor of Practice in Media and Activism in Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality at Harvard. His works include current Lammy Finalist You Can Tell Just by Looking and 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People and Lammy-winning A Queer History of the United States.

Laurinda D. Brown-Johnson is the author of seven novels, including the Lammy winner Walk Like A Man and Lammy Finalist Fire & Brimstone. She is a featured writer in the anthologies Mighty Real: Life, Love and Lust, and Purple Panties.

Barbara Browning is the author of the novels The Correspondence Artist (a Lammy winner) and I’m Trying to Reach You, the audio novel Who Is Mr. Waxman? and two academic books. She teaches in the Department of Performance Studies at NYU.

Victoria A. Brownworth is an award-winning journalist and writer. She is the author and editor of nearly 30 books, seven of which are Lammy finalists, including the Lammy winner Coming Out of Cancer: Writings from the Lesbian Cancer Epidemic.

Stacie Cassarino is the author of Zero at the Bone, winner of a 2009 Lammy and the Audre Lorde Award. She recently completed her PhD at UCLA.

Faith Cheltenham, the president of BiNet USA, is a longtime advocate for people of color and bisexual communities. She has written on LGBT issues for and, and was named one of Advocate magazine’s “Forty under 40.”

Justin Chin is the award-winning author of 98 Wounds, Bite Hard, Attack of the Man-Eating Lotus Blossoms, Harmless Medicine, Gutted, Burden of Ashes, and Mongrel. A five-time Lammy finalist, he won the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award for Poetry.

Staceyann Chin is a writer, performing artist. and LGBT activist. She is the author of The Other Side of Paradise, her work has appeared in the New York Times and Washington Post and she has been a guest on Oprah.

Eduardo C. Corral is the 2011 recipient of the Yale Series of Younger Poets award, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. His first book of poems, Slow Lightning, was a Lammy finalist.

Suzanne Corson was executive editor of Books to Watch Out For and Girlfriends and On Our Backs magazines, and was proprietress of the feminist/LGBTQ bookstore Boadecia’s. She is an email marketing/project manager and freelance writer and editor.

Jameson Currier is the author of nine works of fiction including Where the Rainbow Ends, a Lambda finalist in gay fiction. In 2010 he founded Chelsea Station Editions, an independent press devoted to gay literature, and he is the editor of Chelsea Station Magazine, now online at

Morty Diamond is a transsexual social worker, artist, and writer currently finishing his Masters in Social Work at San Francisco State University. He has published two books: Trans/Love: Sex, Dating and Relationships Beyond the Gender Binary and From the Inside Out: FTM and Beyond.

Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla is a syndicated journalist and filmmaker. His debut novel, Ode to Lata, was the first South Asian gay novel to be reviewed by the LA Times and his most recent work, The Two Krishnas, was a Lammy finalist.

Viet Dinh was born in Dalat, Vietnam, and teaches at the University of Delaware. He has received a Fiction Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, and his work appears in the 2009 PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories and numerous literary journals.

Nisa Donnelly is a two-time Lammy winner who lives, writes, and makes art in a mountainside cabin in far-northern California. She is currently working on a free-wheeling literary memento based around life on a marijuana farm.

Qwo-Li Driskill is the author of Walking with Ghosts: Poems and co-editor of Queer Indigenous Studies: Critical Interventions in Theory, Politics and Literature and the Lammy finalist Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two-Spirit Literature. S/he is assistant professor of Queer Studies at Oregon State University.

Larry Duplechan is the author of Blackbird, Captain Swing, Eight Days A Week, Tangled Up In Blue, and the Lammy winning Got ‘til it’s Gone. As “Choklit Daddy” he creates digital homoerotic art (

Dylan Edwards is the author of the Lammy finalist Transposes and creator of the ongoing seriesPolitically InQueerect” and sports-themed comic “The Outfield.” His work has also appeared in the Lammy-winning collection No Straight Lines and QU33R (

Toby Emert is an Associate Professor at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, GA. His scholarship focuses on multi-cultural education, especially queer issues. He has published interviews with numerous Lammy winners, including Alex Sanchez, Ellen Wittlinger, Julia Watts, and Bill Konigsberg.

Julie R. Enszer is the author of Sisterhood, Handmade Love, and Homesteading and the editor of the Lammy finalist Milk and Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry and the multicultural lesbian literary and art journal Sinister Wisdom. More at

Andres Fragoso, Jr. started writing poetry at a late age. His writing was an escape of troubles of the soul and heartaches. With many published articles, short stories, and poetry, he made a difference in his and others’ lives.

Anna Furtado is the author of The Briarcrest Chronicles series (The Heart’s Desire, The Heart’s Strength, and The Heart’s Longing) of romances of the Renaissance. She regularly contributes lesbian fiction reviews on her Facebook page and for Lambda Literary Review.

Francisco J. Galarte is an assistant professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona, where he teaches courses in Chicana/Latina Studies and Transgender Studies.

Craig Laurance Gidney’s debut collection, Sea, Swallow Me and Other Stories was a Lammy finalist. Bereft, a YA novella about bullying, was released in 2013. His new collection, Skin Deep Magic, comes out this summer.

Courtney Gillette’s essays and book reviews have appeared in several publications and anthologies. Most recently she was chosen by A. M. Homes for The Masters Review and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Jewelle Gomez, writer and activist, is the author of seven books including the double Lambda Award-winning vampire novel, The Gilda Stories. Her play about James Baldwin, Waiting for Giovanni, premiered last year in San Francisco. Follow her @VampyreVamp.

Rigoberto González is the award-winning author of 15 books, including the current Lammy finalist, Unpeopled Eden . He is contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine, on the National Book Critics Circle’s executive board, and associate professor of English at Rutgers-Newark.

Ily Goyanes is a widely published and award-winning author, editor, and journalist. Ily’s first full-length anthology, Girls Who Score: Hot Lesbian Erotica, was a Lambda Literary Award finalist and Golden Crown Literary Society Award winner. Tweet her @realily.

Charles Green writes for several publications, including The Gay & Lesbian Review and Publishers Weekly. He also contributes to the Annapolis Film Festival blog. His short story, “How Should I Presume?” appeared in Gay City 4: At Second Glance.

Michael Hames-Garcia is a professor of ethnic studies at the University of Oregon. His works include Identity Complex: Making the Case for Multiplicity and the Lammy-winning Gay Latino Studies: A Critical Reader (co-edited with Ernesto J. Martínez).

James Earl Hardy wrote the Lammy finalist B-Boy Blues and Rainbow Award finalist Can You Feel What I’m Saying? His stage adaptation of B-Boy Blues and one-man show, Confessions of a Homo Thug Porn Star, earned prizes from the Downtown Urban Theater Festival.

Saeed Jones is a 2013 Pushcart Prize winner and the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and Queer/Art/Mentors. He is the author of the collection Prelude To Bruise and the chapbook When The Only Light Is Fire.

Ronald Jin is a retired librarian and bookseller in San Francisco. As a bookstore event host, he introduced more than 300 authors and developed a skill for reading quickly and closely and finding a brief, meaningful connection between writers and readers.

Barbara Kahn is an acclaimed playwright, director, and actor whose honors include a Torch of Hope award for “lifetime achievement,” James R. Quirk Award for “memorable contributions to American theater,” and Robert Chesley Foundation/Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Award for playwriting.

Michael Kahn is Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC. The former Richard Rodgers Director of the Drama Division of the Juilliard School, he was recently inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame and awarded a CBE from Queen Elizabeth.

M. J. Kaufman is queer, trans playwright. A graduate of Yale School of Drama, he has received awards from the Program for Women in Theater, the Playwrights Foundation, New Harmony Project, and the Huntington Theatre. His work is published by Topside Press.

Mitch Kellaway is a freelance writer, independent researcher, and the co-editor of Manning Up: Transsexual Men on Finding Brotherhood, Family & Themselves, a forthcoming anthology of writing by transgender men. He currently writes for the Huffington Post and is Assistant Editor for Transgress Press.

Josh Lanyan is a three-time Lammy finalist, winner of an Eppie Award from the Electronic Industry Publishing Coalition, and bestselling author of the Adrien English mystery series and some 60 other works of fiction.

Mercedes Lewis loves simple things, including reading, traveling, and spending time with those she loves. She writes short stories and poetry and serves as Director of Events for the Golden Crown Literary Society.

Ali Liebegott is the author of The Beautifully Worthless, The IHOP Papers, and the current Lammy nominee Cha-Ching! She lives in Los Angeles and is a staff writer for the Amazon TV show Transparent.

Bill Lipsky is the author or editor of six books, including Gay and Lesbian San Francisco. He and his partner of 34 years share a home in San Francisco with Langston, Hillary Rodham Kitten, and Miss Scarlett O’Hairball (who will never be hungry again).

Raul Gutierrez Mangubat is the manager and co-owner of GET BOOKED, Las Vegas’ LGBT retail store, opened since 1993. He was a former English teacher in various Catholic and business schools in New York City and the Philippines.

Thomas March is a poet and critic who teaches at The Brearley School. He has received the Norma Millay Ellis Fellowship in Poetry from The Millay Colony for the Arts and an Artist Grant from The Vermont Studio Center.

Judith Markowitz has a PhD in linguistics from Northwestern University and completed a post-doctoral program in Women’s Studies. She’s published two books of non-fiction including The Gay Detective Novel and co-edited four anthologies, including the Lambda Literary Foundation’s 25 on 25.

Cecelia Martin is the former manager of the Oscar Wilde Bookshop, the first LGBT bookstore. She is a former book reviewer of the Lambda Book Report and Diva Magazine and has her masters in Library Science. She currently is a Senior Manager at Barnes and Noble-NOOK Newsstand.

Mia McKenzie is an award-winning writer and the creator of Black Girl Dangerous, a multi-faceted forum for the literary and artistic expression of queer and trans* people of color. Her first novel, The Summer We Got Free, won a Lammy for debut fiction.

Penny Mickelbury is a novelist, playwright, and journalist who lives in Atlanta and Los Angeles. She is a two-time Lammy finalist in the mystery category and her 11th novel—and first non-mystery—Belle City will be published in August.

Jesse Monteagudo is a freelance writer/journalist and long-time activist who has contributed to the print and online LGBT press for more than 35 years. His essays and short stories have been published in more than 30 fiction and non-fiction anthologies.

Moonyean is a life-long lover of books and former owner of Women’s Place feminist bookstore in Phoenix, AZ. Her writing has been featured in Hitched! Wedding Stories from San Francisco City Hall and Visible: A Femmethology.

Charles E. Morris III is a Professor at Syracuse University and co-editor of QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking. His books include current Lammy nominee An Archive of Hope: Harvey Milk’s Speeches & Writings and Remembering the AIDS Quilt,

Deb Morris is a former bookseller who began her career at Lammas Women’s Bookstore and later as a buyer at Politics and Prose (both in Washington, DC). She also worked at the Pacifica Radio Network and the documentary series, Soundprint.

Lucy Mukerjee is an established Development Executive and the co-producer of 20 feature films. She sits on committees for several prominent film festivals, is an advocate for Female Directors, and a champion for LGBTQ film. Her background is in publishing.

Marcia Ochoa is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.and author of Queen for a Day: Transformistas, Beauty Queens, and the Performance of Femininity in Venezuela.

Wendy Gay Pearson is an Associate Professor at Western University. She is the co-editor of Queer Universes and a past winner of the SFRA’s Pioneer Award. Her most recent publication is “‘Gambling with History’: Queer Kinship and Cruel Optimism in Octavia Butler’s Kindred.”

Felice Picano is considered a founder of modern gay literature. A five-time Lammy finalist, his honors include the Ferro-Grumley, Syndicated Fiction/PEN, and Lambda Literary Foundation’s Pioneer award. His latest works are True Stories Too: People and Places From My Past and Nights At Rizzoli.

Jim Provenzano is the author of the Lammy-winning romance Every Time I Think of You, Message of Love, PINS (novel, stage adaptation, and audiobook), Monkey Suits, and Cyclizen. He’s been a journalist and photographer in LGBT media for more than two decades.

John Prusak is a psychologist and LGBT book enthusiast. He works with GLBT teenagers and has provided counseling services at LGBT alternative schools, offered professional consultation to educators working with LGBT teenagers, and written an LGBT curriculum manual.

Oscar Raymundo created the pioneering “HomoTech” column, exploring the confluence of technology and gay sex. His writing has appeared in Wired,, and He is working on a futuristic novel based on his blog, “Confessions of a Boy Toy.”

Rrrose is of mixed Arab/Latino descent and loves languages, writing, reading, photography, motorcycling, pool, dancing, and women, not necessarily in that order. Her works include the poetry collection Attar and the Goldie finalist Romance: Mild to Wild.

Sarah Schulman is a multiple Lammy nominee whose most recent books are Israel/Palestine and The Queer International, Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Imagination, The Mere Future, Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences, and The Child.

S. J. Sindu is a Tamil Sri Lankan American writer who focuses on traditionally silenced voices—the immigrant, the poor, the queer, the female-bodied, the non-Christian, the non-white. Sindu has published in Brevity, Water~Stone Review, Harpur Palate, and elsewhere. Find out more at

K. M. Soehnlein is the author of the novels Robin and Ruby and You Can Say You Knew Me When and the Lammy-winning The World of Normal Boys. He teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco.

Julia Starkey is a fat, queer, cisgendered black woman who lives in the Boston area. She is in the process of becoming a librarian, dislikes the Dewey decimal system, and, not surprisingly, loves cats.

Dan Stone is a two-time Lammy finalist and author of The Rest of Our Lives, Tricky Serum: An Elixir of Poems, and Coming To: A Collection of Erotic and Other Epiphanies (under the pen name, Lukas Hand). Find him at

Griselda Suarez is a Lambda Literary Fellow and author of Concrete River Boulevard, a poetry collection nominated for the California Book Prize. Her work has been published by Aunt Lute Press, Seal Press, Acentos Literary Review, and Sinister Wisdom.

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is the author of two novels and the editor of five nonfiction anthologies. Most recently she’s the author of the current Lammy finalist The End of San Francisco. (

Mike Szymanski co-authored (with Nicole Kristal) the Lammy-winning work The Bisexuals Guide to the Universe. He teaches journalism at UCLA Extension and continues to write about Bi issues for the Bisexual Examiner and

Cecilia Tan is the author of many books, novels, stories, and serials, including Daron’s Guitar Chronicles, The Prince’s Boy, Black Feathers, and Slow Surrender. She is the founder and editorial director of Circlet Press, Inc., publishers of erotic science fiction.

Justin Torres has published fiction and essays in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Granta, Tin House, The Guardian, Advocate, Washington Post, and elsewhere. His first novel, We the Animals, has been translated into fifteen languages.

Lourdes Torres is a Vincent de Paul Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at DePaul University. She is the editor of the journal, Latino Studies, author of Puerto Rican Discourse and co-editor of Tortilleras: Hispanic and Latina Lesbian Expression and Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism.

Kirya Traber is a writer, performer, and cultural worker. She received her MFA in Acting from the New School for Drama, and is the recipient of the California Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, Robert Redford’s Sundance award for Activism in the Arts, and an Honorable Mention from the Astrea Lesbian Writers Fund.

Max Wolf Valerio is a poet and writer. Author of the Lammy finalist The Testosterone Files, his poetry is featured in the Lammy finalist Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. His book of poems, The Criminal, will be published in 2015.

Linda Villarosa is an award-winning author, publishing/editorial consultant, and program director of the journalism department at the City College of New York where she teaches writing and media studies. Her first novel, Passing for Black, was a Lammy finalist.

Lance Wahlert, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy in the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Wahlert is also a Core Faculty Member in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Penn.

Anil Vora is a journalist, writer, and commentator for BiMagazine, Black Girl Dangerous, and other online journals. He is the principal partner at QPOC Films, a film production company that spotlights films about LGBTQ people of color.

Julia Watts is the author of a whole bunch of novels, including the Lammy-winning Finding H.F. and Lammy finalists The Kind of Girl I Am and Secret City. Her newest book is Hypnotizing Chickens.

Shane L. Windmeyer, M.S., Ed., is a leading author on gay campus issues, national leader in gay and lesbian civil rights, and champion for LGBT issues on college campuses. He is founder and executive director of Campus Pride.

Rose Yndigoyen is a writer and archivist in New York City. Her work has appeared in T/OUR Magazineand the anthology Southern Gothic. She is the editor of the upcoming anthology Behind the Yellow Wallpaper: New Tales of Women and Madness


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