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Lambda Literary will be hosting a booth (#1418) at this year’s AWP Writers Conference in Tampa Bay, Florida.
The AWP Conference & Bookfair is an essential annual destination for writers, teachers, students, editors, and publishers. Each year more than 12,000 attendees join our community for four days of insightful dialogue, networking, and unrivaled access to the organizations and opinion-makers that matter most in contemporary literature. The 2017 conference featured over 2,000 presenters and 550 readings, panels, and craft lectures. The bookfair hosted over 800 presses, journals, and literary organizations from around the world. AWP’s is now the largest literary conference in North America. Join us in Tampa, in 2018 to celebrate the best of what contemporary literature has to offer.
Consider us a resource and meeting point for all LGBTQ writers, publishers, readers, librarians, editors, literary organizations and allies. If we’re missing your LGBTQ event, let us know. Be sure to bring extra fliers and we’ll place them at the Lambda booth.
Lambda Literary Program Director, William Johnson, and Executive Director, Tony Valenzuela, as well as a number of brilliant volunteers, including many Lambda Fellows, will be staffing the booth throughout the weekend. Come by and say hello!
Please note that AWP events held in the conference center require a paid registration. Offsite events are open to the public.
Email your questions or queer AWP events to: email@example.com.
Click here for a full list of book-fair exhibitors.
Thursday, March 8th
7:30 pm. to 9:00 pm
Waterside Grill – Tampa Marriott Waterside
700 South Florida Avenue, Tampa, Florida
Join the LGBTQ Caucus and Lambda Literary for a mixer to relax and unwind over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
The mixer will also be the soft launch for Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, edited by Christopher Soto and published by Nightboat Books.
Copies will be available for purchase.
Friday, March 9th
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Red Door No. 5
1910 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa, Florida 3360
Kay Ulanday Barrett
Doors at 7:00pm
Reading at 8:00pm
|Thursday, March 8, 2018|
|9:00 am to 10:15 am|
|Room 22, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor|| Gender Outlaws: Teaching Gender Identity in Creative Writing . (Jody Keisner, Meg Day, Ching-in Chen, Misha Rai, Alea Hall )
This multigenre, gender-diverse panel will discuss inclusive pedagogical approaches that move beyond the gender binary in order to expand their students’ creative writing potential. Panelists offer examples of practical application in the classroom and also discuss the challenges they faced, such as seeking institutional support for LGBTQIA+ curriculum, incorporating lessons into classes that aren’t designated as gender special topics, and teaching a classroom of cis-identified students.
|10:30 am to 11:45 am|
|Grand Salon D, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor|| Writing Resistance: LGBTQ Writing as a Platform for Change. (Tiff Ferentini, Julia Leslie Guarch, Seth Fischer, Everett Maroon, Kika Chatterjee)
With the safety and lives of LGBTQ individuals at stake now more than ever, the call for politically driven writing is even more urgent. This panel features LGBTQ writers known for their politically driven content, who use their writing as a platform for activism and change. Panelists will demonstrate how politically fueled writing can contribute to the change and support that the LGBTQ community needs, and how one’s pen can be the most powerful tool for those who wish to create change.
|1:30 pm to 2:45 pm|
|Meeting Room 9 & 10, Marriott Waterside, Third Floor||The Road Out: Lambda Literary Surveys the Future of LGBTQ Writing. (Tony Valenzuela, William Johnson, Joy Ladin, Amy Scholder, Brandi Spaethe)
In the thirty years since its founding, Lambda Literary has advocated for LGBTQ writers and readers as we confronted AIDS, debated marriage, grappled with issues of equality and justice and sought to advance a diverse and inclusive queer/trans culture. Now, amid renewed oppression and threat, how best can Lambda Literary and LGBTQ writers foster a proactive, sustainable place for ourselves? Literary activists affiliated with Lambda Literary lead a conversation with the community on the path forward.
|6:00 pm to 7:15 pm|
|Room 3 & 4, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor|| LGBTQ Caucus. (Tiff Ferentini, Miguel M. Morales, Jay McCoy, Samantha Tetangco, Sean Patrick Mulroy)
The LGBTQ Writers Caucus provides a space for writers who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer to network and discuss common issues and challenges, such as representation and visibility on and off the literary page; and how to incorporate one’s personal identity into their professional and academic lives. The caucus also strives to discuss, develop, and increase queer representation for future AWP conferences, and serve as a supportive community and resource for its members.
|Friday, March 9, 2018|
|9:00 am to 10:15 am|
|Meeting Room 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor|| Writing the Revolutions. (Paul Ketzle, Simmons Buntin, Juan Morales, Andy Hoffman, Heather Hirschi)
Revolutions are not accidents of history. Behind every act of resistance stand the writers and writing that inspired, shaped, transformed, and actualized them—Rousseau, Paine, Hamilton, Madison, Marx, Anthony, King, Friedan, Havel. From these historical lessons we turn to the current battles for LGBTQ, women, immigrants, and the environment and discuss the role and tactics that we will need to write today’s revolution.
|Ballroom A, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor|| Power, Change, and the Literary Establishment.(Katharine Coles, Lucinda Roy, Brynn Saito, Peter Covino, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram)
As women, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color move into positions of power in literary culture, we may imagine we are ahead of other professions in addressing gender and racial inequities. In a cultural climate that makes these inequities urgently visible, the participants in this roundtable will open a discussion about whether power dynamics and double standards that lay the ground for mistreatment are more deeply entrenched than we think, expressed in routine interactions too subtle to take on directly, and we will ask how we might work to make these dynamics visible, and so, subject to change.
|Room 7, 8, & 9, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor|| Publishing Pulse: Anthologies for Orlando. (Miguel M. Morales, Roy G Guzmán, David López, Luis Lopez-Maldonado, Maya Chinchilla)
June 12, 2016. Pulse Nightclub. Orlando, FL. As writers responded to the mass shooting by creating work honoring lost LGBTQ voices, two anthologies arose: Pulse/Pulso and The Brillantina Project. This panel details how editors defined and organized their projects focusing on healing and community while navigating the initial crisis and the troubling aftermath. Learn how these sister projects continue to support one another and united for a reading at AWP. Panel will also share contributor poems.
|Room 11, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor|| Writing LGBTQ Fiction Based on Real People. (Alan Lessik, Kathy Anderson, Larry Benjamin)
Novels and short stories are often shaped by real events happening to real people that they know. Three LGBTQ writers will talk about the real people within their stories and how the creative process changed both the characters and ultimately the authors themselves. For LGBTQ writers, exploring these stories become an exploration of our larger community and the known and unknown histories of our lives. Each of our writers will discuss these themes and read from their works.
|10:30 am to 11:45 am|
|Room 13, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor|| From Pronouns to Pedagogy: Queering the Creative Writing Classroom. (Kathie Bergquist, Trace Peterson, Charles Rice Gonzales, C. Russell Price, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan)
Outside of the rare queer lit class, creative writing curricula remains overwhelmingly cis- and hetero-centered, and queer experience, marginalized or ignored. Addressing practical concerns, such as confronting insensitivity in the workshop and integrating diverse texts, alongside theoretical questions of queer literary aesthetic and semiotics, this multi-genre panel examines how we cultivate LGBTQ+, trans and genderqueer-inclusive creative writing classrooms––to the benefit of all our students.
|12:00 pm to 1:15 pm|
|Florida Salon 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor|| Writing Race, Writing Madness: Writing Trans, Writing Genderfuck. (Ari Burford, Mel McCuin, Wryly Tender McCutchen, Timothy Cordivae, Grace Liew)
This panel focuses on truth-telling, specifically writing about trans and/or genderqueer, lives in relation to race and mental illness. We will share readings that evoke questions about naming the varied realities of our lived experiences in a transphobic heteronormative racist ableist world that denies our realities and glorifies white able-bodied androgyny and thinness. Each author will address different challenges around writing memories of trauma.
|Meeting Room 1, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor||“Nothing Can Happen Nowhere”: The Craft of Setting in LGBTQ-Themed Fiction . (Paula Martinac, Amy Hoffman, Cheryl Head, Serkan Gorkemli, Carter Sickels)
“Nothing can happen nowhere,” Elizabeth Bowen famously wrote about the importance of setting in fiction. But in LGBTQ-themed fiction, “place” is complicated: While many physical settings support queer characters, others feel unwelcoming or dangerous, including familiar ones like home. This panel explores how fiction writers negotiate place for their LGBTQ characters. Is the city a natural refuge? Are rural spaces always inhospitable? Does “home” necessarily render LGBTQ characters strangers?
|Room 17, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor||Crazy, Sexy Miami: Reporters Tell All. (S.L. (Sandi) Wisenberg, Liz Balmaseda, Madeleine Blais, Sydney P. Freedberg)
In South Florida in the ’80s, today’s hot topics were already in full evidence: racial tension, terrorism, free speech, LGBTQ rights, immigration, culture clashes, epidemics (then, incurable AIDS). To explore these complicated topics Miami Herald reporters became experts in long-form, immersion, and voice-driven journalism. Prizewinning (seven Pulitzers) former staffers will explain how and why they wrote what they wrote, and connect that writing to current creative nonfiction.
|1:30 pm to 2:45 pm|
|Room 12, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor|| Taking up the Quill: Queer Representation Through Writing, Awards, and Publication. (Tobi Harper, Celeste Gainey, Ryka Aoki, Martha K. Davis)
Though labels of identity can be alienating, they can also be empowering and community building. We discover identities within ourselves through the recognition of communities in visual and print media. This was the inspiration to launch Quill, a new queer imprint of Red Hen Press, which publishes queer literary prose through award submissions. Hear Quill’s editor, judges, and award winners read their powerful works and discuss the need for representation through publication.
Living Out Series Celebration
Join University of Wisconsin Press staff and authors in a celebration of UWP’s award-winning series Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiographies.
Friday, March 9, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EST
American Social Cash bar
601 S Harbour Island Blvd, Tampa