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Sue Landers, Executive Director

Sue Landers (she/her) 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, including at the College Board where 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.

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Monica Carter, LGBTQ Writers in Schools Manager

Monica Carter (she/her) 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. Monica currently manages Lambda Literary’s LGBTQ Writers in Schools. She is currently finishing her first novel.

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Wo Chan, Communications Manager

Wo Chan (they/them) is a poet and drag performer. They are a winner of the 2020 Nightboat Poetry Prize and the author of TOGETHERNESS (2022). Wo has received fellowships from MacDowell, New York Foundation of the Arts, Kundiman, The Asian American Writers Workshop, Poets House, and Lambda Literary. Their poems appear in POETRY, WUSSYMass ReviewNo Tokens, and The Margins. As a member of the Brooklyn based drag/burlesque collective Switch N’ Play, Wo has performed at The Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA PS1, National Sawdust, New York Live Arts and elsewhere. They hold a BA from the University of Virginia and an MFA in Poetry from New York University. Born in Macau, Wo currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. Find them at @theillustriouspearl.

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Brian Gentes, Awards Manager

Before joining Lambda, Brian Gentes (he/him) held various roles in print and electronic publishing, from editorial to licensing, content operations, and partner management. He became involved with Lambda after moving back to NYC from the SF Bay Area, first as a volunteer and then in an editorial capacity for the Review and as a production assistant for the 30th and 31st Lammy Awards. In addition to his work with Lambda, Brian volunteers as a bookseller at Housing Works’ Bookstore Cafe in NYC.

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Nicole Shawan Junior, Program Manager

Nicole Shawan Junior (she/they) is a cultural worker, community builder and counter-storyteller. Prior to joining Lambda Literary, Nicole founded Roots. Wounds. Words.—an organization that provides pedagogy, publication and performance opportunities to BIPOC storytellers. Nicole’s writing appears in The Feminist Wire, ZORA, Gay Mag, SLICE MagazineKweli JournalColor Bloq, and elsewhere. A 2019 Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices fellow, Nicole has also received residencies and fellowships from Hedgebrook, PERIPLUS, NYFA, RADAR Productions and the San Francisco Public Library’s James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center, and more. She is the editor in chief of Black Femme Collective, associate nonfiction editor at Slice Magazine, and has guest edited at The Rumpus.

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LeKesha Lewis, Awards Manager

LeKesha Lewis (she/her) is an award-winning SF/F writer and editor, and serves as a founding creator, Art Director, and Project Manager for the World Fantasy Award-winning and Hugo Award-nominated FIYAH Literary Magazine. Other hats include service as the Grant Administrator for the Speculative Literature Foundation, FIYAHCON Director, Chair of the 56th Annual Nebulas Conference, and researcher for the LeVar Burton Reads podcast. She is the author of A Ruin of Shadows as well as a number of pieces of lauded and long-listed short fiction and poetry. She lives in Georgia with her coffee habit and an impressive Funko Pop! collection.

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Molly Thornton, Program Coordinator

Molly Thornton (she/her) is a Los Angeles based writer and writing coach who works with writers at every stage of their creative process to build sustainable writing habits, work through creative blocks, and bring their stories to the page. She was a 2016 Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Fellow, and her poetry, essays, and fiction appear in publications including The Lavender Review, baldhip magazine, The Seattle Globalist, and They Said anthology from Black Lawrence Press. She is currently seeking a home for her completed manuscript Proof of You, a prose poetry memoir in vignettes.

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