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LGBTQ writers are on the front lines chronicling and analyzing these challenging times. The assault on transgender and queer rights, the scapegoating of immigrants, and the racism of the Trump administration are having a profound impact on our communities, galvanizing us to resist and mobilize.
Lambda Literary supports our queer writers and readers through adversity, but we also recognize the occasions for celebration. Our programs honor excellence and promote LGBTQ visibility in publishing, nurture emerging writers, build community, educate youth, and inspire the love of reading.
Our most important source of support is you, our members, and we ask that you dig deep in your pockets and make a tax-deductible contribution to Lambda Literary’s fall fundraiser.
No other nonprofit in the world serves the LGBTQ literary and publishing communities as comprehensively as Lambda Literary.
When you donate to Lambda Literary, this is what you support:
Introducing Queer Stories to Young Readers
In 2017 Lambda introduced over 1200 students in K-12 public schools to fantastic queer young adult books through our LGBTQ Writers in Schools Program. Teachers assigned award-winning works by celebrated writers such as Chinelo Okparanta, Naomi Jackson, S. Chris Shirley, Ariel Schrag, and Aaron Clippinger, who then visited the students for engaging conversation about their work, being a writer, and LGBTQ issues in society. The program has become so popular, it is doubling in size and will serve more than 2400 young people in 2018!
Building Literary Citizenship Across Communities
The inaugural Lambda LitFest Los Angeles in March gathered over 150 writers and 30 community partners who organized dozens of readings, conversations, and workshops which were attended by more than 1500 people across the city. The festival featured artists such as Eloise Klein Healy, Luis Alfaro, Zackary Drucker, Justin Torres, Bernard Cooper, Ryka Aoki, D’Lo and Michael Nava, to name just a few. The 2nd Annual Lambda LitFest LA will return in October 2018.
Nurturing the Future of Queer Literature
Lambda’s Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices completed its 10th year as the only residency in the world for up-and-coming queer writers seeking to improve their craft, build a community of peer support, and make valuable connections with publishing insiders. The highly competitive residency offers professional instruction and mentoring from stellar faculty for writers in fiction, nonfiction, genre fiction, poetry, and playwriting. This month, Lambda Poetry Fellow, Chen Chen, was long-listed for a National Book Award!
Providing Essential Coverage for LGBTQ Authors
The Lambda Literary Review online magazine publishes more LGBTQ book reviews, in-depth author interviews, features, queer literary news, and calls for submission than any other publication in the world. This year the Review featured some of our community’s most exciting literary voices such as Eileen Myles, Roxane Gay, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, and Alex Gino.
Spotlighting New Talent
Lambda recently published the third volumes of Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color and Emerge, an anthology of writings by Fellows of Lambda’s summer writers’ residency. Lambda’s publications give voice to our community’s emerging poets and writers and demonstrate that they are among our most brilliant and dynamic storytellers.
Honoring the Best in LGBTQ Publishing
The Lambda Literary Award is the most important LGBTQ literary prize in the world. This year’s ceremony in New York City featured Jacqueline Woodson, Jeanette Winterson, Justin Vivian Bond, and Lammy winners in twenty-four categories. The 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards will take place June 4, 2018. Mark your calendars!
In this challenging political climate, please don’t forget the arts and give generously to Lambda’s literary arts programs. Whether you can afford $10, $100, $500 or $5,000, you will see your tax-deductible contribution at work making a real impact on the lives of LGBTQ readers and writers.