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Sue Landers is a nonprofit leader and poet with a long record of engagement in American poetry and queer literary communities. Sue began her career at Lambda Rising bookstore in Washington, DC, which originated the Lambda Book Report and whose owners founded Lambda Literary. She has since worked primarily in the nonprofit sector, most recently at the College Board where for 16 years she led a variety of educational programs and editorial teams. She is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Franklinstein, which explores the public and private histories of the neighborhood in Philadelphia where she was raised, Germantown. Her poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day series as well as in journals that include The Offing, The Brooklyn Rail, and About Place. She has been a resident artist at PLAYA Summer Lake and Saltonstall Colony for the Arts. She earned her BA at the University of Michigan, where she was the recipient of a Hopwood Award, and has an MFA from George Mason University.
William Johnson is a Brooklyn based essayist, cultural critic and editor. His writing has appeared in numerous art catalogs and periodicals: Boy Book: A Pictorial Study Of Urban Male Nudes in a Contemporary Urban Setting, A Question of Beauty, works by Anika Wilson, and “I Knew It Was Your Arm…:” works by Doug Group. He is a contributing arts and culture writer for CrushFanazine. He is also the editor and publisher of Mary Literary, a literary journal dedicated to showcasing queer/gay writings of artistic merit.
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.
Monica Carter is a writer, poet and reviewer. She was a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow, a Lambda Literary Foundation LGBT Emerging Voices Fellow and a fiction graduate of the prestigious PEN Center’s MARK program. Her fiction has appeared in literary journals including The Rattling Wall, Black Clock, Cactus Heart, Bloom and the anthology Strange Cargo. Her nonfiction has appeared in publications including Black Clock, World Literature Today and Foreword Reviews. She served as a judge for the Best Translated Book Award in poetry and fiction from 2008-2015. She is currently finishing her first novel.
Brandi M. Spaethe is a writer, poet, educator, and literary arts advocate. She received her MFA in poetry from Fresno State where she worked for The Normal School and The Philip Levine Prize for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in The New Engagement (nominated for a Pushcart Prize), Off the Rocks: An Anthology of GLBT Writing, Minola Review, and BLOOM, to name a few. Her chapbook, To You Who Wants In, was released in December 2012. Brandi was a poetry fellow in the 2013 Lambda Literary Foundation’s Emerging Writer’s Retreat. She is the former program coordinator for Poets & Writers’ California Office and teaches at California State University, Los Angeles.
Dan Lopez is a writer, teacher, and community organizer. He is the author of Part the Hawser, Limn the Sea, a collection of short stories, and The Show House, a novel. He was a member of the steering committee for the inaugural Lambda Literary LitFest LA. He is also a bookseller at Book Soup on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood and teaches writing classes online for Gotham Writers Workshop. His work has appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, Lambda Literary, NewNowNext, and GOOD Magazine, among others. He lives in Santa Monica with his husband, Eric Newman, and their cat, Yuki.