Many of us are feeling uneasy about the coming year. Last month’s election was rough for me as I know it was for many of you who care about literature and human rights. As a gay man who is also Mexican, HIV positive, and a writer, many of the issues close to home–LGBTQ rights, the arts, immigration and healthcare–among many others, will be challenged by the incoming administration.

Literature provides a unique and powerful platform for these multiple issues and identities to advance our national conversations. The books that Lambda Literary celebrates and promotes will continue to be a source of light for the community. Our work to advance queer books, to support our community’s writers, publishers and readers has never been more important than now.

It’s never been so urgent to make a year-end tax-deductible donation to Lambda Literary to help us continue our vital work in 2017.

Lambda Writers in Schools author Adam Silvera at Arts and Craftsmanship High School

We’re proud to share 2016’s significant accomplishments made possible because of your dedicated support:

  • Lambda’s LGBTQ Writers in Schools program entered into an historic partnership with the New York City Department of Education to bring LGBTQ literature into K-12 classrooms of the largest school district in the nation.
  • We’ve launched the first annual Lambda LitFest Los Angeles to be held in March 2017 for a week of thought-provoking panel discussions, how-to workshops, readings and literary-inspired parties free and open to the public.
  • The 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards honored the best LGBTQ literature in 24 categories and also presented awards to ground-breaking artists Hilton Als and Eileen Myles.
  • The Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices convened anothersuccessful residency nurturing our most promising up-and-coming writers with workshop faculty that included Andrew Holleran, Joy Ladin, Robert O’Hara, Sarah Schulman, and Benjamin Alire Saenz.
  • Lambda Literary recently published the third issue of Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color. Also available is the Emerge anthology of writings by students of Lambda’s emerging writers residency, with a special introduction by bestselling author of We the Animals, Justin Torres.
  • Lambda Literary partnered with respected literary organizations such as PEN America, Belladonna, Sundress Academy of the Arts, and Slate Magazine, and collaborated on events and programming with National Book Foundation and Electric Literature.
  • The Lambda Literary Review published over 200 book reviews and featured in-depth author interviews with leading writers such as Jonathan Galassi, Maggie Nelson, Roz Kaveney, Brad Gooch, and John Keene.
  • We received over 900 book submissions for consideration of the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards to be held June 12, 2017 in New York.

Our mission has never felt more salient:

Lambda Literary believes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer literature is fundamental to the preservation of our culture, and that LGBTQ lives are affirmed when our stories our written, published and read.

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