Lambda Literary Presents The 2nd Annual Lambda LitFest
Los Angeles, September 29-October 6, 2018

Lambda Literary announces its second annual Lambda LitFest Los Angeles, a week-long, LGBTQ literary festival, from September 29-October 6, 2018. Held at 25 venues across Los Angeles County, the festival features community-curated performances, talks, and low-cost writing workshops.

“Lambda LitFest LA is a unique way for Angelenos to experience all that queer literary LA has to offer.” said Sue Landers, Executive Director. “It is a community-driven, collective action that amplifies queer voices and celebrates our lives.”

Live Performances, Talks, and Exhibits from September 29October 6

Lambda LitFest’s premier event occurs Saturday, September 29, with a full day of discussions, workshops, and mingling at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (244 San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012).

Saturday’s program features four panels and six writing workshops, covering topics from writing queer characters for movies and TV, to geek culture, and queer sex worker narratives. Attendees are invited to check out the exhibitor fair between events to learn more about local organizations helping to enrich the cultural legacy of Los Angeles.

Patrisse Cullors

Lambda LitFest LA continues the following week (September 30-October 6) with forty community-curated events in neighborhoods across LA county. The festival closes at Plummer Park in West Hollywood (7377 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046) with a live taping of the LA Review of Books (LARB) Radio Hour Podcast with Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter.

Lambda LitFest is made possible through the generous support of the City of West Hollywood, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, the California Arts Council, a state agency, and presenting media partner, The Los Angeles Blade.

Visit for the complete schedule. Join the conversation by following #LambdaLitFest.

    General Events Information 

Main Day Event: A full day of discussions, readings, networking, and exhibitor fair.
Date: Saturday, September 29, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Location: Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Community-curated events: Forty readings and events in neighborhoods across LA.
Date: September 30-October 5, 2018 (times vary)
Location: Varies. See program for details.

Closing Event: Patrisse Cullors, cofounder of Black Lives Matter, in conversation with Eric Newman, host and executive producer of the LA Review of Books (LARB) Radio Hour
Date: Saturday, October 6, 6:00 p.m.-7:15 p.m.
Location: Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

Featured Artists

Cofounder of Black Lives Matter Patrisse Cullors; Editor-in-Chief of INTO Zach Stafford; Poet, gender non-conforming and disability advocate Kay Ulanday Barrett; Poet, critic, and playwright Jewelle Gomez; Author and translator Randa Jarrar; Vice President of PEN Center USA and winner of the American Library Association Barbara Gittings Prize David Francis; Bestselling writer of books, comics, and video games Sam Maggs; Bay Area Writer to Watch and Lambda Literary Poetry Fellow Baruch Porras-Hernandez; YA speculative fiction writer Henry Lien; Poet and Program Director of the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program Charles Jensen; NCIS New Orleans screenwriter Greta Heinemann; Screenwriter and chair of WGA’s Latino Writers Committee Danny Tolli; Shadowhunters screenwriter Zac Hug; Screenwriter, director, producer Moisés Zamora; Dominatrix and Ph.D. in Gender Studies Natalie West; Podcaster, sex worker, and author Vanessa Carlisle; Moth Slam Winner and writing instructor Antonia Crane; Zinemaker Softcore Mija; Former porn star and memoirist Christopher Zeischegg (aka Danny Wylde); Writer, actress, and comedienne Chingy (aka Lani Ching); Host and executive producer of LARB Radio Hour Eric Newman; Lambda Literary Fellow Hank Henderson; Multi-disciplinary artist, writer/author, actor, arts educator, community organizer, and cofounder and Director for Tuesday Night Project Traci Kato-Kiriyama; YA author Amy Spalding; Award-winner writer, performer, and slam poet Meliza Bañales (aka Missy Fuego); Lambda Literary Award Finalist CB Lee; Internationally touring bisexual poet and actress Yazmin Monet Watkins; Poet, writer, and founder of Writers At Work, a creative writing studio, Terry Wolverton.

Steering Committee

Amy Scholder, Brandi Spaethe, Carrie Lee, Charlie Jensen, Corey Roskin, Joseph Rey, Kevin Robertson, Lynn Harris Ballen, Mathew Rodriguez, Meliza Bañales (aka Missy Fuego), Ron Gutierrez, Rosalind Helfand, Samantha Cohen, Seth Fischer, Steven Reigns, and LitFest Event Producer Dan Lopez.


The 2nd Annual Lambda LitFest LA is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors: the City of West Hollywood, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, the California Arts Council (a state agency), and our presenting media partner, The Los Angeles Blade.

Photo: Patrisse Cullors/Photo credit: Curtis Moore

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One Response to “Lambda Literary Presents the 2nd Annual Lambda LitFest”

  1. 20 January 2019 at 7:40 PM #

    I’m writing to see when the next LAMBDA LitFest is planned for? I was part of the panel a couple years ago for the first one (MUTHA Up, Queer parenting panel). I would love to participate in the next one and I have a memoir, One Day on the Gold Line, coming out July 2019.

    Thanks for any information you can provide me about getting on a panel, and/or proposing an event or reading.


    Carla R. Sameth

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