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ARNETTbioKristen Arnett is a Florida native who has spent the past nine years working in libraries. She is a fiction writer with interest in short stories and southern regionalism, female storytelling and new media. Her work on Flannery O’Connor won her the 2012 Howard Fox Senior Thesis award and she was also the recipient of the Barbara Harrell Carson award for English Literature. She interned for Winter With the Writers Literary Festival in 2012, and worked on short fiction with Paula McLain. She has been published in the Rollins Undergraduate Research Journal and in Brushing magazine. She lives in Winter Park, FL with her partner, Emily, and their son, Matthew. Watch Kristen’s Reading.

JBartonJoshua Barton is a writer, journalist, and photographer living in St. Louis, Missouri. His writing has been featured in St. Louis’ LGBT magazine The Vital VOICE and the online queer salon InOurWords: A Salon for Queers & Co. His blog New Amurican Gospels was nominated in 2013 for Best Sex Blog by the River Front Times’ St. Louis Web Awards. You can follow his blog at newamuricangospels.  Watch Joshua’s Reading.


RchekourasRebecca Chekouras I am a freelance writer living in Oakland; specifically the Port of Oakland.  My backyard is the western terminus of the Southern Pacific Rail Road and behind that vast snarl of tracks are the berths and cranes in whose rough lap I tenderly sit.  My stories and essays have been published in Curve Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, Narrative Magazine, and the online zine Pure Slush.  I have stories in anthologies published by Pure Slush Books and the University of Wisconsin, my alma mater.  I have completed a first draft of two novels.

SCoulterSteve Coulter is finishing his second novel, Sodom’s Son, about the libertarian, conservative paradise of America in 2076 and the gay lovers who save democracy.  He repeatedly finished his first novel that frightened literary agents across America (Armour of God: a journalist is sucked into a conspiracy to suppress the greatest scientific discovery in history—physical evidence than an intelligent entity created life, but not the god in Genesis or any other religion). He has worked as a hod-carrier, carpenter, journalist, soldier, state assemblyman, corporate executive, library commissioner and pre-published, prefamous but hopeful novelist.  He lives in San Francisco with his husband of 36 years, Greg, and Kirby, the Tibetan Terrier. Watch Steve’s Reading

Twig Deluje'Twig Deluje’ is a trans* identified fiction writer with a blue-collar, Midwestern/Ozarkian upbringing. A creative writing & queer literature instructor at SFCC, Deluje’ devotes his professional career to broadening the dialogue around the rural queer experience. His stories revolve around the topics of class, gender, and queer survival, while always finding a place for humor as part of that survival. Currently, Deluje’ resides in Madrid, New Mexico with his two beastly dogs. There he thrives as a ranch hand, throws hatchets in his free time, continues to work on his collection of short stories, and produces The Queer Country Roadshow. Watch Twig’s Reading

Militza Jean-Felix is a Haitian-American writer and visual artist from Boston. She has a BFA and studied art, history, and literature at The Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art in France and the Ludwig Foundation in Cuba. She then moved to San Francisco and got her MFA in Writing from the California College of the Arts. Her MFA thesis focused on her family’s experience during the earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010 and the perilous journey of a ten-year-old boy searching for his family at its’ epicenter. While attending CCA, she was invited by the Atis Rezistans to contribute her work as a part of the official selection of the 2nd Ghetto Biennale; A Salon des Refuses for the 21st Century in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. She has shown her work in Haiti, Korea, France, and the United States. When she’s not writing or painting, she’s most likely chillin’ with her little buddy, a gentle kitty named Mr. Pants. Watch Militza’s Reading

Eric KossinaEric Kossina is based in Orlando, Florida and spends most of his day avoiding the heat. You will find him inside, in the air conditioning, where he is writes short stories, short essays, and a play about sexuality in daily life. He blogs occasionally about music culture at Nothing Sounds Better.  Watch Eric’s Reading

Everett Maroon is a humorist, pop culture commentator, and fiction writer originally from New Jersey. He has a B.A. in English from Syracuse University and successfully dropped out of graduate school. A member of the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association, he was a finalist in their 2010 literary contest for memoir. Everett authored Bumbling into Body Hair, published by Booktrope, and a short story, “Cursed,” in The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard, from Topside Press. His YA novel, The Unintentional Time Traveler, is forthcoming. He’s written for Bitch Magazine, GayYA.org, RH RealityCheck, and Remedy Quarterly. His blog is Transplantportation. Watch Everett’s Reading

SpankaewSathid Pankaew was raised in “Little Manila”, Daly City. He was accepted into 2013 Voices of Our Nation – Writers of Color Retreat. His SFF features strong underdogs in oppressive systems, creation mythology, nature’s ingenuity, non-human intelligent life, and amazing people living with disabilities. He views fiction as a medium for expelling, reformatting and transcending traumatic experience. He’s been a carpenter, phlebotomist, HIV test counselor, biological illustrator, and more “unsavory” forms of employment. He works as a barber, puppy counselor and fitness instructor. He hopes to attend “Chicken school for dog-trainers” and write a blockbuster starring Willow Smith and Quvenzhane Wallis when they’re grown. Watch Sathid’s Reading


Matthew Phillp has covered New York City nightlife as a journalist for the past ten years and has been secretly writing a novel about it for the past four.  On a good day, he wakes up early and writes for an hour in the dark, half asleep. When completely awake, he has contributed to the Village Voice and DNA Magazine Australia (among many other publications) and co-hosted a nightlife talk radio show in the East Village for four years on which he was one of the first people in the world to interview Lady Gaga.  He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Watch Matthew’s Reading


kevin-smith-draw-the-bowC. Kevin Smith typed his first poems and stories on an old Smith-Corona that belonged to his great-grandfather. On carbon paper. More recently, he has published in The Sun, Alimentum, The Redwood Coast Review, and on his blog Arts Alive. He performed his solo monologue “For Pete’s Sake” at the Broadway Playhouse, in Santa Cruz, and appeared in the award-winning documentary “Emile Norman: By His Own Design,” which aired nationally on PBS. A Lambda Literary Fellow in 2007 and a certified instructor of tai chi and qigong, Kevin lives in Big Sur, California with his husband Jeff and Joshua the cat. Watch Kevin’s Reading

Jerome Stueart is a writer, teacher, performer, marketer who lives now in the Yukon Territory and (soon) Ohio.  His fiction has appeared in GeistJoylandFantasy, anthologies QueerWolfEvolve, and three Tesseracts anthologies of Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy.  He’s a graduate of the Clarion Writers Workshop in San Diego (2007).  He produced/wrote four radio series for CBCYukon, and his immigration journey was heard round the world on Radio Canada International.  He has recently taken his Writing Faith workshop, developed for spiritually-bent writers, on the road to let him experience every city for 13 weeks. Find him at Jerome Stueart.  Watch Jerome’s Reading



Marcie BiancoMarcie Bianco, Queer Public(s) Intellectual, PhD, is a columnist and contributing writer at AfterEllen and Lambda Literary, as well as a lecturer at John Jay College. Her current projects include a scholarly manuscript about the anti-humanist, materialist ethics of English Renaissance Drama, and a salacious bildungsroman about seducing lesbian Shakespeareans, closeted Shakespeareans, as well as your run-of-the-mill awkward academidyke. She lives in Brooklyn with her pup, Deleuze. Watch Marcie’s Reading


Phill Branch is a graduate of the American Film Institute (MFA, Screenwriting) and most recently served as an Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies at his undergraduate alma mater Hampton University.  Phill’s creative nonfiction work inspired his live, personal essay showcase dear diary…tales of love, life, pain & stupidity. The showcase ran for two years in L.A. and featured the work of a diverse group of writers and performers. In 2012, Phill’s essay “Chicago,” was published in the anthology For Colored Boys who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Still Not Enough: Coming of Age, Coming Out and Coming Home. In recent years he has received fellowships from National Association of Television Program Executives and the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications In addition, he created and serves as a writer/producer on the award-winning web series The PuNanny Diaries.  Watch Phill’s Reading

SGeorgiouStephan Georgiou is a queer gender questioning faerie writer, organizer, performer and troublemaker with very few answers but oh so many questions. When not dancing naked in congressional offices for HIV/AIDS funding, they can be found eating their way through an existential crisis at a bagel store near you. Stephan seeks to contribute to a collective of voices working to build queer community, emancipation and revolution. Watch Stephan’s Reading


Mikel Gerle recently finished his memoir, Freedom Through Discipline. A probing saga chronicling Gerle’s journey through 1980s high school heartache with other Mormon boys in rural Idaho, facing the plague of AIDS and drug addiction in Los Angeles, and finally finding authenticity and release as International Mr Leather 2007. Gerle has been featured in Dan Savage’s blog Strange Love, a contributor for Instigator Magazine (a gay men’s fetish magazine published in seventeen countries), the KCRW Strangers podcast series, and a provocateur promoting gay culture in his day job at West Hollywood City Hall. Much more on Gerle is available here.  Watch Mikel’s Reading

CGossettChe Gossett is a black queerly gendered and femme fabulous activist and writer.  They have published chapters in The Transgender Studies Reader volume 2 (Routledge 2013) edited by Susan Stryker and Aren Aziura, in Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex (AK Press 2011) edited by Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith and are currently working on a biography of queer of color AIDS activist Kiyoshi Kuromiya. Watch Che’s Reading


Gibrán Güido was born in San Diego and raised in San Ysidro, California. He is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego. He completed his M.A. program in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at San Diego State University. As a doctoral student, his thesis and dissertation reflects a vein of an emerging area of scholarship, known as Jotería Studies, focusing particular attention to the ways pain and trauma has come to impact the lives of young gay men of color and formulate a sensibility of consciousness-raising. By doing so, his contributions will serve as a medium between academia and his community that fosters and nurtures the lives of individuals who seek out a reflection of themselves, providing a platform to enable their own process of claiming voice to specific moments of struggle and transformation. Watch Gibrán’s Reading

LDawkinLeVan D. Hawkins is an LA-based poet, essayist, & performance artist now residing in the Chicago area. He has performed his published work at venues such as Links Hall, Highways Performance Space, USC, UCLA Hammer Museum, Disney Hall Redcat Theater, Henry Miller Library, Dixon Place Theater (NYC), New York International Fringe Festival, & Dartmouth College. A 2011 MFA recipient from Antioch University – LA, he has received fellowships from Millay Colony & the Dorothy West & Helene Johnson Foundation, and a Scholarship to the Norman Mailer Writing Colony. He is currently working on What Men Do (An Uncle’s Quest to Save His Adult Nephew). Watch Levan’s Reading

brynBryn Kelly has shared her written work at NYC-based performance series Gayety!Low Standards, and Queer Memoir; on Showtime Network’s OurChart.com; in Original Plumbing magazine; as a regular columnist at the digital literary magazine PrettyQueer.com; and in the anthology, Trans/Love: Radical Sex, Love and Relationships Beyond the Gender Binary, edited by Morty Diamond. She was a cofounder of Theater Transgression, a transgender multimedia performance collective, and studied playwriting at Brooklyn College. She lives in Brooklyn, New York!


Originally hailing from rural Nova Scotia, Meg Leitold is a queer femme researcher, psychotherapist, and dilettante currently based in Toronto. A graduate of Concordia University’s Simone de Beauvoir Institute in Montreal, her writing has been published in several zines, art installations, and journals, including No More Potlucks, Historiae, and Subversions. She is currently writing a textbook on gender equity for junior high school students. When her red tips are not clicking away at her computer keyboard, Meg can be found burning up the dance floor, taking a bath, or belting out Rihanna covers at drop-in choir. Watch Meg’s Reading


CNueraCarlyle Nuera is an artist, designer and writer from Los Angeles, CA. He graduated from Otis College of Art and Design in May 2010, having studied both fashion design and product design. Since October 2010, he’s been working at his dream job as a Barbie designer at Mattel, Inc. In January 2013, Carlyle participated in VONA/Voices, a writing workshop for writers of color. He was one of three writers at the workshop to receive the Manuel G. Flores Scholarship from PAWA, Inc. (Philippine American Writers and Artists). He’s currently working on a memoir, tentatively titled “Freak Like Me”. Watch Carlyle’s Reading


SJ Sindu is a writer and activist who focuses on traditionally silenced voices—the immigrant, the poor, the queer, the female-bodied, the non-Christian, the non-white. Sindu has an MA in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and is an incoming Ph.D. student in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Sindu is a fan of fluidity, and likes to blend genres and genders. Sindu’s creative writing has appeared in Brevity, Water~Stone Review, Harpur Palate, The MacGuffin, Sinister Wisdom, and elsewhere. Currently Sindu is dividing time between two projects: a novel about a Sri Lankan American lesbian in a marriage of convenience, and a collection of nonfiction essays exploring issues of war and gender. To find out more click here.  Watch SJ’s Reading

Lee WheatonLee Wheaton is a genderqueer introvert who lives in Oakland, California. Raised in New England and molded into an adult by New York City, Lee combines natural imagery and Yankee sensibility with reflections on complex familial and queer relationships in non-fictionmprose. Lee, a former encyclopedia editor, continues to work in online reference publishing and spends free time attempting to bring the country into the city through cooking, urban farming, rock climbing, and two-stepping. Watch Lee’s Reading



Mandy Gutmann-Gonzalez is from Vilches, Chile. In 2010 she was one of 12 lucky Junies attending the Bucknell Writing Seminar for Younger Poets. Her current projects include a novel in Spanish and a novel-in-verse that interweaves two points of views: Adesa, an intersex character, and Aditi, a hijra in India. She is co-director of the not-for-profit Palampore Writers, which promotes positive social change by teaching creative writing in communities which have been oppressed, marginalized, and/or struck by natural disaster. She is a recent graduate of Cornell University’s Poetry MFA program. Watch Mandy’s Reading


SIraStephen Ira’s poetry, fiction, and non-fiction have appeared in The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard, Spot Lit Mag, Specter Magazine, The St. Sebastian Review, LGBTQ Nation, and Original Plumbing’s online edition.  He is a rising senior at Sarah Lawrence College where he studies Literature, Queer Studies, and Critical Theory. He lives with his boyfriend in Yonkers, New York, and tweets fitfully at @supermattachine.

Heather Askeland is a poet, fiddler, and aspiring healer from Minneapolis and Brooklyn, on her way to San Diego via Seattle. She began writing poetry in 2010 at Bent Writing Institute and is convinced that doing so saved her heart, if not her life (though she admits she is prone to hyperbole). Since then her work has appeared in Breadcrumb Scabs, Word Riot, and Boxcar Poetry Review, and in 2012 she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Heather currently resides in Seattle with her two cats, where she’s busy packing her life into boxes, saying goodbye Mt. Rainer, and learning to thrive beyond the confines of chronic illness. Watch Heather’s Reading

JMickelsonJory Mickelson was born and raised in rural Montana.  His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Los Angeles Review, The Adirondack Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, The Cossack Literary Journal, PANK Magazine and other places.  He received an Academy of American Poet’s Prize in 2011 while completing his MFA in Poetry at the University of Idaho.  His second chapbook Slow Depth, was published in 2012 by Winged City Chapbooks.  When not writing, he pages through 1940s magazines, goes trout fishing, and writes letters by hand.  He currently lives in Northwest Washington. Watch Jory’s Reading

Sean MulroyBorn and raised in Southern Virginia, the house where Sean Patrick Mulroy grew up was built in 1801 and was commandeered by the union army during the civil war to serve as a makeshift hospital.  As a boy, Sean loved to peel back the carpets to show where the blood from hasty surgeries on wounded soldiers had stained the wooden floorboards.  Now he writes poems. His work has been published or is forthcoming in The Bakery, Assaracus, Rua de Baixo, Network Awesome, Moonshot, Side B, Union Station, Tandem, Frigg,Neon, Best Indie Literature of New England,  Flicker and Spark: A Contemporary Queer Anthology of Spoken Word and Poetry, and Ganymede.  Watch Sean’s Reading

Blake Nemec is a health care worker, writer and teacher, from Western Wisconsin, who lives in Chicago. He recently completed an MFA in Bilingual Creative Writing at the University of Texas at El Paso, where he started Mouth to Mouth: a hybrid poetry/fiction collection about flash intimacies between informal trade workers. He is recently included in Captive Genders; Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, the Rio Grande Review and Jupiter 88. The National Queer Arts Festival, Radical Queer Semaine, and Boston AWP are events where he has presented or performed. He can be reached at: blakej.nemec@yahoo.com


HO'NeillHeather Aimee O’Neill is the Assistant Director of the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, and teaches creative writing at CUNY Hunter College. An excerpt from her novel When The Lights Go On Again was published as a chapbook by Wallflower Press in April 2013. Her poetry chapbook, Memory Future, won the University of Southern California’s 2011 Gold Line Press Award, chosen by judge Carol Muske-Dukes. Her work was shortlisted for the 2011 Pirate’s Alley Faulkner-Wisdom Writing Award and has appeared in numerous literary journals. She is a freelance writer for publications such as Time Out New York, Parents Magazine and Salon.com, and is a regular book columnist at MTV’s AfterEllen.com. Watch Heather’s Reading


Tommy “Teebs” Pico is the driving force behind birdsong, an antiracist/queer-positive collective, small press and zine that publishes art and writing. Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now lives in Brooklyn and is working on his first collection of poetry. He’s been published in BOMB, [PANK] and THEthe poetry blog. Hey Teebs  Watch Tommy’s Reading


RINGLEBJayme Ringleb was raised in upstate South Carolina and Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy. He holds a bachelor’s degree with concentrations in English literature, film studies, and philosophy from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from the University of Iowa. He is the recipient of South Carolina’s Archibald Rutledge Award in Poetry and the Miriam McFall Starlin Poetry Prize. Currently, Jayme lives in Eugene, Oregon, where he is an MFA candidate and graduate teaching fellow at the University of Oregon.

David Rutiezer, the grandchild of Jewish immigrants, was raised in Illinois and Massachusetts. He sings and plays keyboard and ukulele, has studied music therapy, and since 2004 has been performing and developing The David Show, a constantly evolving interactive musical variety program for folks with Alzheimer’s, young children, and people of all walks of life. He has taught Spanish after school, and has performed and taught Israeli and International folk dancing for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.   He writes poetry and essays, and graduated in 2012 from the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA. David lives in Portland, Oregon, where he has volunteered for numerous community organizations, including Friends of William Stafford, Cascade Festival of African Films and the Oregon Holocaust Memorial. You can read more about David at Creative David.  Watch David’s Reading

SSanchezSteven Sanchez is working towards his MFA in Creative Writing at CSU, Fresno where he received his degree in Philosophy. Originally planning to attend law school, an undergrad workshop made him realize his passion is for poetry’s vulnerable and emotionally honest analogies usually absent in legal reasoning. At the retreat, he will continue developing his first poetry collection. He works at the smallest Starbucks in Fresno, is an editorial assistant for the Philip Levine Prize, a 2012 Tin House alum, and a managing editor of Flies, Cockroaches, & Poets. His poetry has appeared in Chelsea Station and San Joaquin Review. Watch Steven’s Reading

Brandi M. Spaethe recently graduated from Fresno State with an M.F.A. in poetry. She’s worked for The Normal School: A Literary Magazine, The Philip Levine Prize in Poetry, and currently interns at Poets & Writers in Los Angeles. Her poems have appeared in CRATE, Off the Rocks: An GLBT Anthology, American Athenaeum, and Slipstream. Her chapbook, To You Who Wants In, was released in December 2012. She plans to continue working with literary nonprofits in Los Angeles and writing about the queer community. Watch Brandi’s Reading



DakotaDakota Shain Byrd was born in Dallas Texas and grew up all over the US. He and Skyeler–the main character in his novel The Black Night Rave–are both gay and Third Culture Kids, having fathers in the Marines. While he is an unpublished novelist, he has published poetry, short stories, novel excerpts and photography, has written for The Dallas Voice and interned for them. He’s single also, guys 22-26. Holly Black sent him a hand written letter with a chapter critique, so he takes that as a sign that he’s going to be big–you should too. Watch Dakota’s Reading


Laura Chandra is a born and raised Bostonian without an accent.  She is in the process of completing her first full length young adult manuscript about a South Asian/American girl who thinks she is the anti-christ.  Outside of writing, Laura spends her time trying hard not to waste her Masters degree in financial planning while pouring money into prolonging her dog’s life.  She will trade financial advice for writing tips. Watch Laura’s Reading

GChisomGillian Chisom I am currently pursuing a PhD in History at the University of California, Berkeley. Though I write urban fantasy rather than historical fiction, my scholarly and fictional writings both display my passion for women’s voices and stories. A lifelong fantasy reader, during the last few years I have wrestled with the genre’s flaws and possibilities, and have become committed to writing stories with queer teen girls at their centers. When I’m not reading seventeenth-century witch trials or writing about lesbians dealing with supernatural mayhem, I like to watch TV and make my own clothes (sometimes at the same time).  Watch Gillian’s Reading

A native of Portland, Oregon, Audrey Coulthurst now lives in Austin, Texas, despite her passionate hatred of hot weather. She received an MS in Writing (Book Publishing) from Portland State University in 2008 and is completing the final edits on her YA fantasy about a princess who falls in love with her fiancé’s sister. Audrey spends most of her time cackling gleefully at her computer while crafting elaborate euphemisms and disturbing metaphors. However, she can also be found drinking too much tea at her day job, telling crude jokes with her friends, livetweeting bad movies, or riding her horse. You can find her on the web at audwriting. Watch Audrey’s Reading

M-E GirardM-E Girard is a Registered Nurse by night and writer of fiction featuring gender-bending queer girls by day…and often night, too. She is currently working on a slew of novels-in-progress, but primarily on Boifriend, a finalist of the 2010 Young Adult Novel Discovery Contest. M-E is a board member of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region and blogs on its resource site Reading as Writers. M-E writes, reads, and regularly forgoes all that to binge on video games. She lives not too far outside of Toronto, Canada, with her partner and their two Chihuahua babies.  M-E Girard  Watch M-E’s Reading


Jessie Nash is a British writer, punk-poet, and photographer. He studied BA Creative Writing in London and MA English in the USA, where he also taught undergraduate writing classes. Jessie’s poetry has appeared in publications such as Poetry Express, Luna Negra, Skin to Skin: The Art of the Lesbian, and the Off the Rocks Anthology. His fiction has been published in Glitterwolf, Lunch Ticket, (T)our and Minetta, and his short story ‘Danny’ won the Thompson Prize in the Altogether Now 2012 competition. Jessie has also written reviews and features, worked as a copyeditor, and is a trans man. 


JKuikenJ S Kuiken My mother claims gypsies left me, which is as true as any other story which could be told. Some will say I graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Others remain skeptical such riff-raff would be accepted into the UEA’s distinguished program. Rumor has it that I’ve published in The Copperfield Review and Cactus Heart, was a founding editor for Rearrange, and I am completing a fantasy novel (or two), between teaching English, hiking, and having Jaime Lannister feels. You can find me on Twitter, and you should absolutely believe everything I say there. Watch JS’s Reading


Rebecca Leach is an information designer and copyeditor from Austin, Texas. By day, she turns charts and data into visually compelling presentations, and by night, she hunts down the grammatical errors and typos that often lurk in manuscripts. In 2011, she received her master’s in writing from the New School University in New York City. She writes whenever she can—in the morning when she wakes up, in the car on the way to work, during lunch, and between turns at flying trapeze classes. Currently, she’s working on three speculative YA novels, which are in varying stages of completion. You can find her online at Rebecca Leach. Watch Rebecca’s Reading


MMoralesMiguel M. Morales grew up in Texas working as a migrant farmworker. As a journalist, he earned the Society of Professional Journalists’ First Amendment Award. Miguel lives in Kansas and serves on the Latino Writers Collective board. His work appears in the anthologies: Primera Página: Poetry from the Latino Heartland, Cuentos del Centro: Stories from the Latino Heartland, To the Stars Through Difficulties: A Kansas Renga in 150 Voices, From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction, and in the forthcoming Joto: An Anthology of Queer Xicano & Chicano Poetry. Miguel is thrilled to be a returning Lambda Literary Fellow. Watch Miguel’s Reading


Born in a backwoods cabin to a pair of punk rockers, Tess Sharpe grew up in rural Northern California. Following an internship with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, she studied theatre and Shakespeare at SOU before abandoning the stage for the professional kitchen. She lives, writes and bakes near the Oregon border. Far From You, her first YA novel, is an LGBT mystery, to be published by Hyperion in Spring of 2014. Watch Tess’s Reading


dave ringdave ring is a speculative fiction writer, poet, trainer and counselor.  He was born near Boston, educated in Dublin and currently based in Washington, DC.  He is currently working on a coauthored novel and as many short stories as he can wrangle.




Rose Yndigoyen is a freelance writer and archivist from New York City. Her short fiction will be featured in the upcoming Southern Gothic anthology from New Lit Salon Press. She has been a non-fiction contributor to the websites AfterEllen and Biographile and covers queer and feminist issues in pop culture on her blog, Queer for Theory. Rose is also co-host of the podcast Pretty Little Recaps. Basically, Rose cannot stop with the words. She is currently at work on her first YA novel, a queer, girly love story. Rose lives with her wife in northern Manhattan. They are proud foster parents. Watch Rose’s Reading




On behalf of the Staff and Board of Trustees of Lambda Literary Foundation, we introduce to you our 2013 Emerging LGBT Voices.The Writers’ Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices is made possible in part with a generous contribution from Amazon.com.