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Dear Friends and Colleagues,
It has never been easy for any of us, nor will it be easy for our emerging writers as they venture into the uncertain world of today writing the books that will extend the fabric of our literature. But we can make life better for them. We can bring them into a literary family; we can make a difference in their lives; we can support them and provide them the helping hand that was so seldom offered in our own lives. For these reasons, I am asking you to give, and give generously, to the 2010 Scholarship Fund of the Writers’ Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices.
Sometimes, I try to talk about the literary landscape in which I grew up. What it was like to search that utter desolation for anything in print that even remotely touched on, much less affirmed, my lesbian identity. Even though I’m a writer, words always fail me. I lamely conclude, “You had to be there.”
My life as a lesbian writer has been driven by the profound wish that no one will have to be there ever again. That’s why I’m so deeply invested in the Lambda Literary Foundation. I know the Foundation is not only the repository of our history; it is the springboard for the future of LGBT literature. As such, LLF is the organization all of us must bequeath to our next generation.
You will no doubt agree with me when I say that the Lambda Literary Awards are key to the visibility of our literature and, therefore, must always continue. Equally vital is the Writers’ Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices, this year to be held in Los Angeles August 8-15, 2010 and made possible in part by a generous contribution from Amazon.com. This is the program that nurtures the coming generation of LGBT writers – our future. It creates a positive and supportive environment that is the polar opposite of those days when many of us struggled to learn to write in isolation because we could not trust feedback. Instead, the LLF Retreat gives some of our most promising writers a weeklong full immersion in all aspects of craft in an environment that is protective, supportive, and encouraging. They are instructed by a faculty of established and successful LGBT writers and they work alongside peers who may well become trusted friends and colleagues in the years to come. You can make a direct, meaningful difference in the life of a writer we hope to bring to this year’s Writers’ Retreat by making a tax-deductible contribution to the 2010 Scholarship Fund. You can make this happen. You can reach out to a fiction writer, a gifted poet, or a writer who will produce a groundbreaking study of some aspect of our lives.
Your donation to the Writers’ Retreat Scholarship Fund will leave a mark on the future of LGBT literature. Your donation will improve our LGBT tomorrows by being here, now, today, for our emerging writers.
Please open your wallets and lend us-and them-your hand.
Katherine V. Forrest
President, Board of Trustees