Fiction: Carla Trujillo
Carla Trujillo was born in New Mexico and grew up in Northern California. She has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past 26 years. She received her B.S. degree in Human Development from UC Davis, and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
She is the editor of Living Chicana Theory (Third Woman Press 2003), and Chicana Lesbians: The Girls Our Mothers Warned Us About, winner of a Lambda Book Award and the Out/Write Vanguard Award. Her novel, What Night Brings (Curbstone Press 2003), won the Miguel Marmol prize focusing on human rights.
What Night Brings also won the Paterson Fiction Prize, the Latino Literary Foundation Latino Book Award, Bronze Medal from Foreword Magazine, Honorable Mention for the Gustavus Meyers Books Award, and was a LAMBDA Book Award finalist. Carla works as the Director of the Graduate Diversity Program at U.C. Berkeley, and has focused some of her recent activities on improving the work and classroom climate using Interactive Theater.
Nonfiction: Ellery Washington
Ellery Washington teaches fiction and creative nonfiction in the BFA Writing Program at Pratt University, in Brooklyn, NY, where he also teaches narrative structure courses in the MFA Digital Arts Program. He works as a freelance editor for various literary publications and as a script consultant for various film and television companies, largely in New York. His fiction and essays have been widely published and anthologized, both stateside and abroad (in England, France, and Germany), most notably in The New York Times, Ploughshares, OUT Magazine, The International Review, The Berkeley Fiction Review, The Frankfurter Allgemeine, Nouvelles Frontières, and in the National Bestseller State by State–a Panoramic Portrait of America.
His film credits include feature rewrites for independent producers and consulting work for major film companies, such as Paramount Pictures, Tristar, and Fox Searchlight. His primary focus, however, remains on narrative prose, be it fiction or creative nonfiction. He is the recipient of a PEN Center West Rosenthal Emerging Voices Fellowship and an IBWA Prize for short fiction. He has taught classes and lead workshops with broad range of writers, from beginners to graduate students and previously published authors, in a list of cities that includes Los Angeles, New York, Paris, and Berlin. He’s currently working on his first novel.
Genre Fiction: Katherine V. Forrest
Katherine V. Forrest, a recipient of the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Pioneer Award, is the internationally recognized author of 15 works of fiction including, Curious Wine, Daughters of a Coral Dawn, and the
Kate Delafield mystery series–which has won three Lambda Literary Awards. She has edited numerous anthologies, and her stories, articles and reviews have appeared in publications worldwide. Senior editor at the storied Naiad Press for a decade, she is supervising editor at Spinsters Ink and editor at large at Bella Books. She lives with her partner in the Southern California desert.
Poetry: Eloise Klein Healy
Eloise Klein Healy, Founding Chair of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles and Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing Emerita, is the author of six books of poetry and two CDs.
Her most recent collection, The Islands Project: Poems For Sappho, was published by Red Hen Press. Her collection Passing was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Lesbian Poetry Prize.
Ms. Healy’s work has been widely anthologized in collections such as The Geography Of Home: California’s Poetry of Place; The World In Us: Lesbian and Gay Poetry of the Next Wave; Another City: Writing From Los Angeles; and California Poetry: From The Gold Rush To The Present. She has been awarded artist’s residencies at The MacDowell Colony and Dorland Mountain Colony. Healy is also the recipient of a COLA Fellowship from the Cultural Affairs Department of the City of Los Angeles and a California Arts Council Grant.
Ms. Healy directed the Women’s Studies Program at California State University Northridge and taught in the Feminist Studio Workshop at The Woman’s Building in Los Angeles. She is the co-founder of Eco-Arts, an ecotourism/arts company.
In 2006, Healy was awarded the Horace Mann Award by Antioch University Los Angeles for her contributions to the arts. In the same year, she established ARKTOI BOOKS, an imprint with Red Hen Press that focuses on writing by lesbian authors.
Julia DrakeJulia Drake is founder and owner of Julia Drake PR, a boutique literary publicity company that specializes in full-scale press campaigns, social media marketing, innovative book events, and author videos. Julia also acts as president of the LA Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association and mentors at the Los Angeles based nonprofit organization WriteGirl. She holds a degree in screenwriting and film from UCLA and the American Film Institute. For more info, visit: www.juliadrakepr.com.
Austen RachlisAusten Rachlis has worked for the Frederick Hill Bonnie Nadell Literary Agency for two and a half years, reading manuscripts, editing proposals, and answering query letters. Founded in 1979 in San Francisco, the agency is now based in Los Angeles and represents literary and commercial fiction, narrative non-fiction, current affairs, memoirs, popular culture, young adult fiction. Some of their authors include Randy Shilts (And the Band Played On; Conduct Unbecoming), Daphne Scholinsky (The Last Time I Wore a Dress), Phyllis Burke (Gender Shock), and Davida Hurwin (Freaks and
Dan SmetankaDaniel Smetanka has worked in various aspects of the publishing industry for over eighteen years. As an Executive Editor at Ballantine/Random House, Inc., he acquired and published award-winning debut books including The Ice Harvest by Scott Philips, The Speed of Light by Elizabeth Rosner, Down to a Soundless Sea by Thomas Steinbeck, and Among the Missing by Dan Chaon, a 2001 finalist for the National Book Award.
Prior to this, he served as Director of Maria B. Campbell Associates, an international scouting agency that facilitated the placement of American authors into the international marketplace. Daniel also acted as a publishing consultant to both Amblin/Dreamworks and The Kennedy/Marshall Company to identify material appropriate for feature film adaptation.
He currently serves as Editor-at-Large for Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press. His projects include Heidegger’s Glasses by Thaisa Frank, Half in Love: Surviving the Legacy of Suicide by Linda Gray Sexton, This River by James Brown, The Adjustment by Scott Phillips, The Silver Lotus by Thomas Steinbeck, and Mistaken by Neil Jordan.
Susan StrykerSusan Stryker is Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies, and Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She earned her Ph.D. in United States History at UC Berkeley in 1992, and has held positions at various at institutions including Harvard University, Stanford University, UC Santa Cruz, Indiana University, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, and Macquarie University in Sydney. She is the former Executive Director of the GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco.
A four-time Lambda Literary Award Finalist and 2006 winner, Susan has published popular non-fiction (Gay By the Bay: A History of Queer Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area; Queer Pulp: Perverse Passions in the Golden Age of the Paperback), as well as academic works (The Transgender Studies Reader, and Transgender History). In addition to writing numerous scholarly articles and editing several journal special issues and anthologies, she has appeared in many films and documentaries, produced mixed-media artwork, and performed spoken-word prose. In 2005, she won an Emmy Award for the public television documentary Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria. She’s currently working on a book about sexuality and urban space called Sex Change City, as well as an experimental film about the transsexual celebrity Christine Jorgensen, called Christine in the Cutting Room.