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Lambda Literary is pleased to announce that Ella Boureau has been named Awards Administrator, succeeding Kathleen DeBold who had been in the position since 2012. The Awards Administrator ensures the smooth operation of the Lambda Literary Awards process from selection of judges to selection of the winners. As Awards Administrator, Boureau will also manage Lambda’s LGBTQ cash prizes including the Emerging Writer Award and the Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Prize.
Ella is a writer, editor and events curator living in New York City. A graduate of The New School and a 2013 Queer / Art / Mentorship alum, Ella has long been active at the intersection of art and social justice. She founded and ran the online magazine and reading series In the Flesh for several years, an exploration of queerness as a desire for knowledge wedded to the erotic. Her writing has been featured in Guernica, Tin House, Slice Magazine, The Rumpus, Full Stop, Pretty Queer and Huffington Post, and her first play, Helps to Hate You a Little: A Lovestory, debuted at Dixon Place in Fall 2015. She is currently at work on a second play and will be co-curating a new reading series.
“Ella’s passion for LGBTQ literature combined with her broad experience organizing within literary and arts communities make her ideally suited for this work,” said Tony Valenzuela, Executive Director. “We’re thrilled to have her with Lambda Literary.”
“It has always been my impulse as a creative person to find other queer writers, to honor what they work on, and to acknowledge the power that comes from connecting that often lonely pursuit to a larger world,” said Boureau. “Lambda Literary’s mission is born of that same impulse, and I’m over the moon to join what is undeniably one of the largest connective forces in the LGBT writing community.”
Working out of her New York office, Boureau will report to Executive Director, Tony Valenzuela at Lambda Literary’s Los Angeles headquarters.