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Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices

The Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices is the nation’s premier LGBTQ writing residency. It is the only multi-genre writing residency devoted exclusively to emerging LGBTQ writers.

Since 2007, the Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices has offered sophisticated instruction in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young adult fiction, playwriting led by the most talented writers working today. The Retreat is an unparalleled opportunity to develop one’s craft and find community.

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Writer’s Retreat Impact

Since 2007, the Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices has provided over 500 emerging writers to write their truth in an exclusively queer space. The experience builds community for life and increases access to publishing opportunities.

All fellows participate in free public readings in Los Angeles during the Retreat and are invited to be published in Emerge, an annual anthology published by Lambda Literary.

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Emerging writers since have taken part in the retreat since 2011.

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Faculty, including Dorothy Allison, Danez Smith, Andrew Holleran.

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genres, including poetry, young adult fiction, and playwriting

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Anthologies, presenting Retreat Fellows work.

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How To Apply

Applications for the next Retreat are now closed. Due to the current pandemic, applications will open again in November 2022.

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Fellows & Faculty Directory

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Chekwube Danladi (Fiction - 2019)

Chekwube Danladi was born in Lagos, Nigeria and raised in Washington, D.C. and West Baltimore. Their chapbook, Take Me Back, was included as part of the New-Generation African Poets: Nne boxset. They have received support from Callaloo, Kimbilio, the Vermont Studio Center, Hedgebrook, and the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. They are currently at work on a novel about queers living in Abuja, Nigeria.

Cori Bratby-Rudd (Poetry - 2019)

Cori Bratby-Rudd is a queer LA-based writer and co-founder of Influx Collectiv(e)’s Queer Poetry Reading Series. She graduated Cum Laude from UCLA’s Gender Studies department, and received her MFA in Creative Writing from California Institute of the Arts. She has been published in Ms. Magazine, The Gordian Review, Califragile, PANK Magazine, Entropy, Crab Fat Magazine, among others. She won the Editorial Choice Award for her research paper in Audeamus Academic Journal and was nominated as one of Lambda Literary’s 2018 Emerging Writers. Her manuscript Dis/owned: Confessions of a Frankgaybe is a semi-finalist for YesYes Book’s 2019 Pamet River Prize.

Damitri Martinez (Fiction - 2019)

Damitri Martinez is a writer from Denver, Colorado. He was a high school English teacher for six years before he decided to fully embrace creative writing. He holds a BA and MA in English Literature. His first publication was with Lambda-nominated Foglifter Press, and he has a second, forthcoming story appearing in the 2019 Fall issue of Foglifter. He continues to write short stories and work on his novel, among other creative projects.

Danez Smith (Poetry - 2019)

Danez Smith is a Black, Queer, Poz writer & performer from St. Paul, MN. Danez is the author of Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017), winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award, and a finalist for the National Book Award, and [insert] boy (YesYes Books, 2014), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. They are the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Montalvo Arts Center, Cave Canem, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Danez’s work has been featured widely including on Buzzfeed, The New York Times, PBS News Hour, Best American Poetry, Poetry Magazine, and on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Danez is a member of the Dark Noise Collective and is the co-host of VS with Franny Choi, a podcast sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and Postloudness. Danez’s third collection, Homie, will be published by Graywolf in Spring 2020.

Danny Thanh Nguyen (2019)

Writer-in-residence Danny Thanh Nguyen’s short stories and personal essays have appeared in The Journal, South Dakota Review, Entropy, New Delta Review, Gulf Coast, and other magazines. He is editor of AS IS, an anthology of Vietnamese American art and literature, and has been awarded fellowships from Kundiman and Voices of Our Nation Foundation (VONA). Danny recently received an individual artist grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission for his collection of essays about parallel survivalism between Southeast Asian American refugee communities and queer leather communities in the post-AIDS epidemic era. He runs a social media persona project he calls “Sluterary Thirsterature” on Instagram.

Darcy Parker Bruce (Playwriting - 2019)

Darcy Parker Bruce is a playwright and educator from New Haven, CT, and a graduate of the MFA Playwriting program at Smith College. Darcy was the recipient of a 2017 Tennessee Williams Scholarship through the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and was granted ATHE’s 2018 Judith Royer Award For Excellence in Theater, which brought new play SOLDIER POET to Boston. SOLDIER POET was also the 2018 Connecticut State Recipient of Portland Stage’s Clauder Prize. Their play EAST OF THE SUN was published in Summer of 2017 through Applause/ Hal Leonard’s Best American Short Plays. Darcy has most recently been commissioned by Chester Theater Company to write a play for their 2020 Season.

David Aloi (Fiction - 2019)

David Aloi is a writer living in Los Angeles. He received his MFA in fiction from California College of the Arts and has worked at McSweeney’s, ScholarMatch, Medium, and Grindr. His writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Flaunt, INTO, Cuepoint, and Switchback, and is forthcoming from CutBank Online. He was recently awarded a 2019 MacDowell Fellowship for fiction and is currently finishing a book of stories about modern (gay) life.

DeLon Howell (Nonfiction - 2019)

DeLon Howell lives and writes in Los Angeles, where he works in communications, occasionally participated in readings, and workshops regularly with a trusted crew of talented writers. His work has appeared in Hypertext Magazine, snapdragon: a journal of aft & healing, Stonecoast Review, Tahoma Literary Review, and Wanderlust Journal. He has previously been a recipient of the Esalen Emerging Writers Fellowship.

Edwin Alexis Gómez (Playwriting - 2019)

Edwin Alexis Gómez is a Los Angeles based Queer Nicaraguan-American writer, performer and director. His body of work blends the exquisite pain and resounding beauty of love and life, and becomes its own mythology. Gómez’ one-act play Flower of Anger opened this Spring as part of Q Youth Foundation’s Eastside Queer Stories Festival. His micro short “Quédate Callado” won a Grand Jury Award at the 2018 Outfest Fusion Film Festival, and his second short film “La Sad Boy” was recently named an official selection of this year’s Outfest Film Festival where it will have its world premiere. Gómez is currently working on his forthcoming book of poetry La segunda muerte y otras cosas olvidadas, and is in pre-production for his short film “Joyride” which received a Latino Public Broadcasting grant and follows two teenage sisters who break their grandmother out of her senior living facility for one last joyride.

Eloghosa Osunde (Fiction - 2019)

Eloghosa Osunde is a writer and visual artist. She’s a 2017 recipient of the Miles Morland Scholarship, which was awarded to her to write her debut novel. Her writing has been published in a number of places, including Catapult, Longreads and Berlin Quarterly, and her visual art exhibited across four continents. She is also working on a short story collection, and is now represented by the Wiley Agency. When not in her work, Eloghosa can be found on a dancefloor somewhere, moving into the morning.

Faylita Hicks (Nonfiction - 2019)

Faylita Hicks is a writer and mobile photographer living in San Marcos, Texas and writing nonfiction/poetry about social media and social justice for the queer black femme. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Sierra Nevada College in 2018 and is the Managing Editor of Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review. She was a finalist in the 2018 PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship and Palette Poetry’s 2019 Spotlight Award. She is a 2019 Jack Jones Literary Arts “Culture, Too” Gender/Sexuality Fellow and her work has appeared in Slate, HuffPost, POETRY, The Rumpus, The Cincinnati Review, and others. Her debut poetry collection, HoodWitch, is forthcoming Fall 2019 from Acre Books.

Hannah Abigail Clarke (Young Adult Fiction - 2019)

Hannah Abigail Clarke is here and queer, etc. They have been previously published in PRISM international and Portland Review, and his first novel, The Scapegracers, debuts in 2020 via Erewhon Books with two sequels to follow. They’re attending the University of Chicago come fall to pursue a Master’s Degree, specifically studying the interrelatedness of monstrosity and queerness in fiction. She reads tarot for cash in her spare time.

Chinelo Okparanta (Fiction - 2018)

Born and raised in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Chinelo Okparanta is the winner of two Lambda Literary Awards, the 2016 Jessie Redmon Fauset Book Award in Fiction, the 2016 Inaugural Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award from the Publishing Triangle, and a 2014 O. Henry Prize. Other honors include shortlisting for the 2017 International DUBLIN Literary Award, a 2017 Amelia Bloomer Project Selection (of the American Library Association), a nomination for the 2016 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a nomination for the 2016 NAACP Image Award in Fiction, and finalist selections for the 2014 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award as well as for the Etisalat Prize for Literature. She has published work in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, the Kenyon Review, AGNI, and other venues, and was named one of Granta’s six New Voices for 2012. In 2017, Okparanta was named one of Granta‘s Best of Young American Novelists.

Christopher Bakka (Nonfiction - 2018)

Christopher Bakka is a writer from Texas. He studied English literature and theatre at Knox College, where he was awarded a Ford fellowship to attend the summer writing program at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. His work has appeared in If You Can Hear This and in Assaracus, both from Sibling Rivalry Press. A lover of languages, he’s translated Arthur Rimbaud’s A Season in Hell and The Illuminations, as well as several works by François Augiéras, from the French. He’s working on a record of his time in Paris, France.

Cori Bratby-Rudd (Poetry - 2018)

Cori Bratby-Rudd is an eclectic writer from the Bay Area. As a recent graduate from UCLA’s Gender Studies department, and a current MFA candidate in Creative Writing at California Institute of the Arts, she enjoys incorporating themes of emotional healing and social justice into her creative and non-fiction works. She has been published in Ms. Magazine, DryLand Lit Press, FEM News, Canyon News, Rainy Day Magazine, Westwind Journal of the Arts and she recently received an editorial choice award in Audeamus’ Academic Journal for the best research piece.

Dana Alsamsam (Poetry - 2018)

Dana Alsamsam is a queer, Syrian-American poet from Chicago, and an MFA candidate at Emerson College. She is the author of a chapbook, (in)habit (tenderness, yea press, 2018), and her poems are published or forthcoming in Bone Bouquet, Gigantic Sequins, Poetry East, Tinderbox Poetry, Cosmonauts Avenue, Fugue, The Boiler Journal, BOOTH and others.

Daniel Elder (Nonfiction - 2018)

Daniel Elder lives in Oregon with his cat, Terence. His writing appears at The Rumpus, Gertrude Press, Portland Review, Maudlin House, and more. He’s writing a book about his mom, whom he misses very much.

Echo Pane (2018)

Writer-in-Residence Echo Pane is a returning 2015 Lambda Literary Fellow. Her work has appeared in Tin House, No Tokens, and The Still. She holds an MFA in Fiction from New York University and is a bookseller in Brooklyn. She recently finished revisions on a short story collection, The Hard Outer Layer, and will begin working on a novel at Lambda.

Ellen Adams (Nonfiction - 2018)

Ellen Adams writes essays, fiction, and songs, with a particular interest in the unexpected doorways between kinship and estrangement. Recently named Ploughshares’ Emerging Writer in Nonfiction, her work appears in Black Warrior Review, Kenyon Review Online, Crazyhorse, and Singapore Art Museum, among others. She studied Comparative Literature at Princeton University and holds an MFA from Brooklyn College. Before settling in Seattle, Adams was a Fulbright grantee researching politically-engaged Thai contemporary art. As a recipient of a 2018 Elizabeth George Foundation grant, she is revising a novel and developing a book-length work of nonfiction.

emily m. danforth (Young Adult Fiction - 2018)

emily m. danforth’s debut YA novel, The Miseducation of Cameron Post (a coming-of-GAY-ge story partly about conversion therapy and set in rural Montana in the 1990s), won the Montana Book Award and was a finalist for the American Library Association’s William C. Morris Award and a Lambda Literary Award. It was also made into a feature film by queer filmmaker Desiree Akhavan. emily’s short fiction has won Chroma Magazine’s International Queer Fiction Award and Willow Springs Magazine’s George Garrett Award. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in various publications and has been featured on NPR’s program “All Things Considered.” emily is an Associate Professor of English-Creative Writing at Rhode Island College in Providence. Her second YA novel, Side Talks With Girls, is forthcoming from HarperCollins Publishers.

emily lives in Rhode Island with her wife Erica and their two semi-terrible dogs, Kevin and Sally O’Malley.

Fredric Sinclair (Fiction - 2018)

Fredric Sinclair earned his MFA in Fiction from Boston University, where he was awarded the Saul Bellow Fellowship in fiction and the Leslie Epstein Global Travel Fellowship. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Baltimore Review, Jersey Devil Press, and Chelsea Station, among others. He has taught creative writing at Boston University and Boston Arts Academy and is an alum of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Prior to receiving his MFA, Fredric lived in New York City where he was active in playwriting and play production and worked for humanitarian organizations. Currently, he is at work on a novel concerning the lasting trauma of a political sex scandal on those involved and a book of short stories.

Hank Henderson (Poetry - 2018)

Hank Henderson is a poet and storyteller. His monologues and one man show have been featured at Highways’ BEHOLD! Queer Performance Festival, INSTALL: WeHo, APT 3F, and the West Hollywood One City One Pride Arts Festival. Most recently, written work has been published in RFD Magazine and online at Entropy Magazine and HIV Here & Now. Hank has also curated the LGBTQ reading series homo-centric since 2010. He lives in Los Angeles with three cats and a man named Joe.

Hiram Perez (Nonfiction - 2018)

Hiram Perez teaches at Vassar College. His first book, A Taste for Brown Bodies: Gay Modernity and Cosmopolitan Desire (NYU Press), won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Book in LGBT Studies in 2016. He has published essays in Social Text, Camera Obscura, The Scholar & Feminist Online, The Journal of Homosexuality, The Margins, and Transformations. His work has also appeared in the edited collections Reading Brokeback Mountain, East Main Street: Asian American Popular Culture, and Asian American Studies Now. He is currently at work on a memoir, Mongrel Love, where he explores the relationship between racial embodiment and shame.

Daniel K. Isaac (Playwriting - 2017)

Daniel K. Isaac is a Korean American actor and writer born and raised in Southern California and currently based in New York City. You can see him on the small screen as ‘Ben Kim’ in Showtime’s “Billions.” Daniel began writing several years ago in order to share conversations he had with his ultra-conservative, uber-Christian, immigrant single mother. If you’d like to know too much about this hilariously sad // painfully funny relationship, head on over to According To My Mother.

Danny Thanh Nguyen (Nonfiction - 2017)

Danny Thanh Nguyen is the editor of AS IS, an anthology of Vietnamese American art and literature. He received his MFA from Indiana University where he served as fiction editor of Indiana Review. Danny’s short stories and personal essays have appeared (or is forthcoming) in South Dakota Review, Gulf Coast, Entropy, New Delta Review, Foglifter, Hyphen Magazine, and other journals. He is currently a Kundiman Fiction Fellow and lives in San Francisco. @engrishlessons.

Daryn Wilde (Young Adult Fiction - 2017)

Daryn Wilde thinks of herself mostly as a ‘hermit crab’. Like, this fleshy thing she walks around in is just the shell and she’s this odd, squishy, carapaced thing inside that peeks out through the ocular openings. She also thinks she has a ‘rabbit heart’. She thinks of herself in terms of lots of odd animal metaphors, huh? She lives in New Jersey. She’s a librarian. She’s a vegan. She’s a non-binary, grey-A, what’s-it-to-ya? She drinks too much coffee (or so they say). Her writing is usually dark and twisty.

Diana Cage (Nonfiction - 2017)

Diana Cage (NONFICTION) is an author, performer, essayist, and editor. She is the author of six books and editor of two anthologies of fiction and essays. Diana’s most recent book, Lesbian Sex Bible won a 2015 Lambda Literary Award. Her other nonfiction books include Mind Blowing Sex: A Woman’s Guide, Girl Meets Girl: A Dating Survival Guide, Threeways, Bottoms Up: Writing About Sex and the chapbook The Husbands. Diana’s nonfiction writing blends essay, memoir, and nonfiction prose to look intimately at sex, sexuality, bodies, relationships, and queerness. She is also a member of the feminist avant-garde literary collective Belladonna*, promoting and publishing critical, political poetry and prose. Diana was formerly editor of the historic lesbian magazine On Our Backs, and host of The Diana Cage Show on SiriusXM. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches writing at Pratt Institute.

Dr. Jonathan P. Higgins (Nonfiction - 2017)

Dr. Jonathan P. Higgins is a speaker, educator and thought leader. A Southern California native, his work has been featured in Mused Magazine, Contrast Magazine and on sites like Blavity, TheRoot, and Attn. Dr. Higgins just recently completed a TEDx talk on the process of unlearning fear and embracing personal power and is a faculty member for this year’s Campus Pride summer camp.

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Tran (Fiction - 2017)

Elizabeth (Lizzie) Tran is a high school English teacher, a near-graduate of an MFA in Fiction, a mother of two magical little boys, and a Kundiman Fiction Fellow—a space dedicated to the cultivation of Asian American Literature. She has written newspaper articles about social justice for the Vietnamese American community in Orange County, California. She is a lover of nature and words, a Vietnamese culture that doesn’t recognize her, people of color, and feminism. Currently, she is agonizing over a series of linked Vietnamese stories that reimagines Vietnam, myth, and war, while next to the ocean she can’t breathe without.

Evan James (Nonfiction - 2017)

Evan James has written for Oxford American, Travel + Leisure, Catapult, The New York Times, The New York Observer, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. His essay “Lovers’ Theme” was selected by Eula Biss as the winner of the 2016 Iowa Review Award in Nonfiction. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and has received fellowships from Yaddo, the Carson McCullers Center, and the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation. He lives in New York.

Frederick McKindra (2017)

Writer-in-Residence Frederick McKindra is a writer based in Brooklyn, NY. His work does to race, sexuality, gender, and socio-economics what Tiger Woods did to ethnic identities by calling himself “Cablinasian” back in ’97. Frederick is himself a black man however, as well as a 2016 Lambda Literary Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices Fiction Fellow, an aspiring novelist, and hopelessly Southern.

Garth Greenwell (Fiction - 2017)

Garth Greenwell (FICTION) is the author of What Belongs to You, which was longlisted for the National Book Award and shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. A NYT Book Review Editors’ Choice, it is being translated into ten languages, and has been named one of the best books of 2016 by Publishers Weekly, Esquire, Slate, Vulture, and the New Republic, among others. His short fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, A Public Space, and VICE, and he has written criticism for The London Review of Books, the New York Times Book Review, and for the New Yorker and the Atlantic online. A native of Louisville, KY, he holds graduate degrees from Harvard University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He lives in Iowa City.

Hannah Rubin (Poetry - 2017)

Hannah Rubin is an Oakland-based theorist, artist and community organizer. They frequently perform their work in bookstores, cafes, and basements around the Bay Area and have published in an array of literary magazines, punk journals, and copy-shop zines (such as Entropy, Be About It, Dryland, HOLD: A Journal, and many others). They run Poetry in the Dark, an experimental poetry reading series at Less Space Gallery, and Queer Living Room, a low-key writing group for queer writers caught between genres. Currently, they are at work on a book of lyrical poems and photographs that investigate the structural relationships between queerness, water, and abuse.

Chen Chen (Poetry - 2016)

Chen Chen is the author of When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and forthcoming spring 2017 from BOA Editions, Ltd. His work has previously appeared in two chapbooks and publications such as Poetry, The Massachusetts Review, Best of the Net, and The Best American Poetry. He holds an MFA from Syracuse University and is currently a PhD candidate in English and Creative Writing at Texas Tech University.

Chris Puglisi (Playwriting - 2016)

Chris Puglisi is a playwright and poet from Phoenix, Arizona. He is a proud VONA/Voices alum. His work focuses on the intersections of blackness, queerness, and memory. He is in his fourth year at Oberlin College, where he majors in Africana Studies.

Christina Tesoro (Young Adult Fiction - 2016)

Christina Tesoro is a writer, sex educator, and youth counselor at the Ali Forney Center in New York City. She is an alumna of the Black Forest Writing Seminar in 2015, where she studied fiction and creative non-fiction with Roxane Gay. She has published work at The Establishment, The Toast, The Rumpus, The Learned Fangirl, Cosmo, and Revelist. She also blogs about all things sex, sexuality, and relationship related at Along Came Poly. She tweets, sparsely, @storyqday, and is not nearly as glum as she appears.

Clayton Delery-Edwards (Nonfiction - 2016)

Clayton Delery-Edwards is best known for his book, The Up Stairs Lounge Arson (McFarland 2014), which was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Nonfiction, and which was named Book of the Year by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities—the first time an LGBT-themed book has been given this award. His work has appeared in such scholarly and popular journals as TEXT, The James White Review, The Xavier Review, and Garden Deck and Landscape Magazine. He lives in New Orleans with his husband, Aaron, and is currently working on another nonfiction book about LGBT history in New Orleans.

Cooper Lee Bombardier (Nonfiction - 2016)

Cooper Lee Bombardier is a writer and visual artist based in Portland, Oregon. His work appears in many publications and anthologies, most recently in CutBank, Nailed Magazine, Original Plumbing, and is forthcoming in The Kenyon Review and MATRIX, as well as the anthology The Remedy–Essays on Queer Health Issues, (ed. Zena Sharman) from Arsenal Pulp Press. He teaches writing at Portland State University, the University of Portland, at Grant High School through Writers in The Schools, and online at LitReactor.

Damian Alexander (Young Adult Fiction - 2016)

Damian Alexander is a writer, cartoonist, and finder of lost things who was born and raised in and around Boston, Massachusetts. He is currently working on an eclectic collection of stories for children and teens. His favorite word is juxtaposition and his written and illustrative works often go hand in hand.. His personal essays, as well as articles on children’s media have appeared on Narratively, Pacific Standard, BuzzFeed, The Mary Sue, and more. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Writing for Children at Simmons College.

Daphne Gottlieb (Fiction - 2016)

Daphne Gottlieb stitches together the ivory tower and the gutter just using her tongue. She is the author of 10 books including the short stories Pretty Much Dead. Other works include Dear Dawn, letters by the “first female serial killer”, Aileen Wuornos. She is also the author of 5 books of poetry, a graphic novel, and the editor of 2 anthologies. Daphne is the winner of the Acker, the Audre Lorde, and the Firecracker Alternative Book Awards, and is a 5-time Lammy finalist. She lives in San Francisco, where she saves the world with her 3-lb toothless dog, Doomsday.

Edmond Manning (Fiction - 2016)

Edmond Manning has always been fascinated by fiction: how ordinary words could be sculpted into heartfelt emotions, how heartfelt emotions could leave an imprint inside you stronger than the real world. He is the author of King Perry, King Mai (Lambda Awards Finalist 2013), The Butterfly King, King John, Filthy Acquisitions, and contributor to the bear anthology, A Taste of Honey. In addition to fiction, Edmond enjoys writing nonfiction. His essays, I Probably Shouldn’t Have Done That, were a finalist in the Indie Book Publishing Awards, GLBT category. Feel free to contact him at [email protected] or on Facebook under his name, Edmond Manning.

Elaina Ellis (Poetry - 2016)

Elaina Ellis is a poet and editor in the Pacific Northwest. She’s the author of Write About an Empty Birdcage (Write Bloody Publishing), the founder of TumbleMe Productions, a one-time teacher and director at Bent Writing Institute, and a founding member of the Jewish Voice for Peace Artist Council. Elaina holds an MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles and works at Copper Canyon Press.

Emil Ostrovski (Young Adult Fiction - 2016)

Emil Ostrovski is a graduate of Columbia University’s Master of Fine Arts in writing program. His debut novel, The Paradox of Vertical Flight, was published in the U.S., Spain, and Germany, and his second novel, Away We Go, was released in 2016. His short fiction has appeared in Lightspeed, Prism International, The New Orleans Review, Word Riot, The Atticus Review, and other venues The author lives in San Diego, California.

Frederick McKindra (Fiction - 2016)

Frederick McKindra, a fiction writer living in Brooklyn, NY, is working to complete his first novel on the lotto, ill-fated love, and the Great Recession in NYC. He intends this project to serve as the definitive survival guide for black Snow Qweens who look for advice on love in the works of Baldwin, the gospel powerhouses known as the Clark Sisters, and 90s RnB trio SWV. He attended Howard University in DC, received an MFA in Fiction from the New School, and regularly contributes to the Lambda Literary blog.

Cherríe Moraga (Playwriting - 2015)

Cherríe Moraga is playwright, poet, and essayist whose plays and publications have received national recognition, including: a TCG Theatre Artist Residency Grant, the NEA’s Theatre Playwrights’ Fellowship, two Fund for New American Plays awards, the Pen West Award, a Drama-logue and Critic Circles Award, two Gerbode-Hewlett Playwrights Collaboration Awards, and several Creative Work Fund and MAP Fund Grants. In 2007, she was awarded the United States Artist Rockefeller Fellowship for Literature (Drama) and is a recipient of The American Studies Association Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2013, she received the “Pioneer” Award from the Lambda Literary Foundation.

Moraga is the co-editor of This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, which won the Before Columbus American Book Award in 1986. She is the author of several titles, including Waiting in the Wings – Portrait of a Queer Motherhood (Firebrand, 1997). In 2011, Duke University Press published her most recent essay collection, A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness: Writings 2000-2010. Her three volumes of drama are published through West End Press of Albuquerque, New Mexico. They include: Heroes and Saints and Other Plays; Watsonville/Circle in the Dirt; and, The Hungry Woman.

A Bay Area playwright, Moraga plays have been developed and presented in San Francisco and throughout the Southwest, as well as in Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle and New York. In 1995, “Heart of the Earth,” Moraga’s adaptation of the Maya Popol Vuh, premiered at the Public Theatre. Her most recent play, NEW FIRE—To Put Things Right Again (with visual artist, Celia Herrera Rodríguez), had its world premiere at Brava Theater Center in January 2012, where over 3,000 people witnessed the work in its 10-day run.

For over 15 years, Moraga has served as Artist in Residence in Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford University, with a joint appointment in Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity. She is a founding member of La Red Xicana Indígena, a network of Xicanas working in education, the arts, and international organizing.

Ed Moreno (Fiction - 2015)

Originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, Ed came to Australia for a visit in 1995, fell in love with the rowdy, sophisticated locals, and now calls Australia home. He teaches creative writing at the University of Melbourne, where he lives in a palace in the sky with Cory, his partner of ten years, and a little moppet called Poppet. Ed is currently writing a thesis on Brazilian writer Caio Fernando Abreu and the emergence of the AIDS epidemic in Brazil. He imagines that field research will be necessary, and looks forward to exploring archives and old newspapers in some glorious marble library in downtown Rio de Janeiro by day and improving his Portuguese with the aid of caipirinhas by night. He is forever working on his first collection of short stories. Ed’s short stories have appeared at blithe.com, questions.com.au, Mini Shots, Poslink, and in Cleis Press’ Best Gay Romance and Best Gay Erotica.

Elisa Ardis Garcia (2015)

A returning 2008 LLF fellow, Writer-in-Residence Elisa Ardis Garcia is a freelance essayist and fiction writer with a professional background in finance and an educational background in theatre. She is currently working on her debut novel.

Emily Jaeger (Poetry - 2015)

Emily Jaeger is a returned Peace Corps volunteer and backyard organic farmer who dreams in four languages. Currently, an MFA candidate in poetry at UMASS Boston, she is co-editor/co-founder of the Window Cat Press, a zine for young, emerging artists. The recipient of the Mary Curran scholarship for writing, her poem “Mercenary” was nominated for the Pushcart Award and her work has been published in Arc, Broad!, Broadsided, Cecile’s Writers Magazine, the Jewish Journal and Zeek.

Emma Copley Eisenberg (Fiction - 2015)

Emma Copley Eisenberg writes fiction, nonfiction, and journalism. She has an MFA in fiction from the University of Virginia and a BA from Haverford College. She can be found in Charlottesville, VA, or moonlighting in Pocahontas County, WVa, Chelsea, and West Philadelphia. Her work has appeared in Gulf Coast, The New Republic, Salon, The Rumpus, Autostraddle, Cutbank, Five Chapters, and others, and has won awards from Narrative and The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Say hello @EmmaEisenberg.

Erica Cardwell (Nonfiction - 2015)

Erica Cardwell is a black queer essayist, educator, and cultural critic. Her work is centered on deconstructing the imagery and social perspectives of women and queer people. She writes about art, identity, language, and race. Her essays and reviews have been featured in The Feminist Wire, Ikons Magazine, In the Flesh Magazine, Bitch, and forthcoming for Hyperallergic. Throughout New York City, she has shared her work at La Galleria, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The Brecht Forum, Heels on Wheels OpenToe Peepshow, Raw Fiction, and Queer Memoir. Currently, she is pursuing an MFA in Writing at Sarah Lawrence College while overseeing the arts, culture, and women’s programming for LGBTQ youth at The Hetrick-Martin Institute. Erica lives in Astoria, Queens. She tweets at @EricaCardwell

Gibrán Güido (2015)

Writer-in-Residence Gibrán Güido was born in San Diego and raised in San Ysidro, California. He is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego. As a doctoral student, his thesis and dissertation reflects a vein of an emerging area of scholarship, known as Jotería Studies, focusing particular attention to the ways pain and trauma has come to impact the lives of young gay men of color and formulate a sensibility of consciousness-raising. Currently, Gibrán is co-editing with Adelaida R. Del Castillo the forthcoming anthology titled, Fathers, Fathering and Fatherhood: Queer Chicano Desire and Belonging. He is also the co-editor of the anthology titled: Queer in Aztlán: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out which was a Lammy Finalist for LGBT Anthology of the year.

Heather María Ács (Playwriting - 2015)

Heather María Ács is a West Virginia raised, Brooklyn-based, mixed race Anglo-Chicana theatre artist, independent film actor, and high femme drag performer. Her work has been featured in festivals, theatres, galleries, conferences, and universities internationally. She is the Co-Director of Heels on Wheels, a queer femme-inine spectrum, all genders performance group, that tours annually and hosts a monthly artists’ salon in Brooklyn. Heather has worked with Mx. Justin Vivian Bond, Nao Bustamante, Lois Weaver, J. Ed Araiza (SITI Company), Steven Soderbergh, and Paula Pell (SNL). Heather has worked as a teaching artist in NYC public schools for over a decade.

Herukhuti (Playwriting - 2015)

Herukhuti. Writer, performance artist, cultural studies scholar and activist. Author of Conjuring Black Funk: Notes on Culture, Sexuality and Spirituality, Volume 1. Co-editor Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men, a Lammy finalist. Goddard College professor of interdisciplinary studies. Theatre of the Oppressed practitioner. National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellow. Neo-traditional African priest and Bodeme. PhD human and organizational systems. MEd curriculum and instruction. BA psychology and political science. Playwright and director in the 1st New York International Fringe Theatre Festival. Founder and Chief Erotics Officer, Center for Culture, Sexuality and Spirituality. Editor-in-Chief Sacred Sexualities. Experiments with forms, structures and energies.

Ife-Chudeni A. Oputa (Poetry - 2015)

Ife-Chudeni A. Oputa is currently completing an MFA in Poetry and an MA in African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is a Cave Canem and Callaloo fellow. Her poetry and prose has appeared or is forthcoming in Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Gabby, Some Call it Ballin’ and elsewhere. She is a native of Fresno, CA.

Christina Quintana (Fiction - 2014)

Christina Quintana is a New Orleans-grown, Brooklyn-based writer. Her plays have been developed and/or produced by the Alliance Theatre, INTAR Theatre, Prospect Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Southern Rep. Her work has also appeared in ITCH Magazine, KNACK Magazine, and Glyph. She is a proud finalist for the 2014 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition and former intern for the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y. At the Retreat, she’ll be developing her first novel, Slip of Moon. BFA, Santa Fe University of Art and Design (College of Santa Fe); MFA Playwriting, Columbia University.

Claudia Moss (Genre Fiction - 2014)

CLAUDIA MOSS is the author of two novels, Dolly: The Memoirs of a High School Graduate (her Holloway House debut, adolescent novel) and If You Love Me, Come (her sophomore, self-published novel). She has authored a short fiction collection, a series of books debuting the feisty Ms. Wanda B. Wonders, a contemporary of Langston Hughes’ Jessie B. Simple. In addition, Claudia is the author of Soft Tsunami: a poetry collection showcasing lesbian desire. Her short fiction has appeared in a host of anthologies including Longing, Lust, and Love: Black Lesbian Stories (Nghosi Books), Gietic: Erotic Poems/Kinky Short Stories (Gia Bella & The Siren), The Lust Chronicles (e-book), The Hoot & Holler of the Owls (Hurston/Wright Publications), Purple Panties (Strebor Books), SWING!: Adventures in Swinging By Today’s Top Erotica Writers (Logical-Lust Publications),Life, Love & Lust and Her Voice (Lesbian Memoirs). Her poetry has appeared inVenus Magazine and a Pearl Cleage magazine with the theme “What Women Want.”

Corey Saucier (Genre Fiction - 2014)

Corey Saucier is an African American Queer artist living in Los Angeles. He is a Lambda Literary Fellow in Fiction and Non-Fiction and is currently penning his first novel. His musings and wanderings on Love, Life, and Non-sense can be found at www.justwords.tumblr.com

David Weinstein (Nonfiction - 2014)

David Weinstein is a writer and editor based in Boston. He works as an editorial assistant at Ploughshares and is an editorial consultant in his spare time. His MFA in nonfiction, still underway at Emerson College, has him writing personal and biographical essays. Of particular interest to him is the impact of technology on gay communities and relationships. His work has appeared in Slate, among other publications.

Ed Moreno (Fiction - 2014)

Ed Moreno is a writer, lecturer and bookseller living in Melbourne, Australia. He is currently undertaking a PhD on hate crimes against LBGT in Brazil, which has the highest homicide rate against LGBT in the world. Originally from New Mexico, Ed came to Australia “for a visit” in 1995, attended the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, fell in love with the rowdy, sophisticated locals and the bush and the beaches and the cities and now calls Australia home. Ed’s short stories have appeared at blithe.com, questions.com.au, Mini Shots, Poslink, and in Cleis Press’ Best Gay Romance and Best Gay Erotica. He is currently working on his first collection of short stories.

Eduardo C. Corral (Poetry - 2014)

Eduardo C. Corral is a CantoMundo fellow. He holds degrees from Arizona State University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2012, Beloit Poetry Journal, Jubilat, New England Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry. His work has been honored with a “Discovery“/The Nation Award, the J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize from Poetry, and writing residencies to the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. He has served as the Olive B. O’Connor Fellow in Creative Writing at Colgate University and as the Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. Slow Lightning, his first book of poems, was selected by Carl Phillips as the 2011 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. He’s the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He lives in New York City.

Elizabeth Sims (Genre Fiction (Emphasis on Mysteries and Thrillers) - 2014)

Elizabeth Sims is the author of short stories and novels, including the Rita Farmer Mysteries (St. Martin’s Minotaur) and the Lambda award-winning Lillian Byrd crime novels (Alyson Books). A Contributing Editor at Writer’s Digest magazine, and a popular instructor at workshops and conferences across the country, Elizabeth has helped thousands of fledgling writers find their wings. Her instructional title, You’ve Got a Book in You: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams (released by Writer’s Digest Books in 2013), became a bestseller at Barnes & Noble and Amazon. “Writing is easy,” says Elizabeth, “if you get the hell out of your own way and unleash your natural talent.” Elizabeth earned degrees in English from Michigan State University and Wayne State University, where she won the Tompkins Award for graduate fiction. She belongs to several literary societies as well as American Mensa.

Garrett Foster (Genre Fiction - 2014)

Garrett Foster is an Emmy Award-winning writer for his work on the CBS daytime drama Guiding Light. A graduate of Vassar College with a B.A. in English, Garrett has also worked as an editor/writer at The Palm Beach Post and Sun Sentinel and served as editor-in-chief of Soap Opera Magazine. A Connecticut native, Garrett traded in his snow shoes for flip flops, moved to South Florida in 1991 and hasn’t looked back since. He is currently working on his fifth novel and finally working up the nerve to actually start sending them out! When he isn’t writing, he can be found doing a mean Warrior pose, trying to perfect the ultimate smoothie, and spending time with the sweetest rescue cat in the world, Katie.

Hope Thompson (Genre Fiction - 2014)

Hope Thompson is a Toronto-based playwright, filmmaker and writer and is a graduate of Norman Jewison’s CanadianFilm Centre. Hope is interested in mystery, film noir and camp and has written and directed several award-winning short films and many one-act plays in these genres.Hope’s monologue, Cardigan Confidential was published in the collection, City Voices: A Book of Monologues by Toronto Artists and she will be performing it at World Pride in Toronto this June. Hope is currently working on her first mystery novel.

Ian Spencer Bell (Poetry - 2014)

Ian Spencer Bell is a dancer and poet combining the two in performance. He was awarded a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts and fellowships from Summer Stages Dance and Jacob’s Pillow, where he danced with his group on the Inside/Out Stage. Bell often performs in gallery spaces and, in New York City, has danced at National Arts Club, Queens Museum, and Tibor de Nagy Gallery. He is artist in residence at the Nightingale-Bamford School and writes essays for Ballet Review.

Che Gossett (Nonfiction - 2013)

Che Gossett is a black queerly gendered and femme fabulous activist and writer. They have published chapters in The Transgender Studies Reader volume 2 (Routledge 2013) edited by Susan Stryker and Aren Aziura, in Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex (AK Press 2011) edited by Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith and are currently working on a biography of queer of color AIDS activist Kiyoshi Kuromiya.

Dakota Shain Byrd (Young Adult Fiction - 2013)

Dakota Shain Byrd was born in Dallas Texas and grew up all over the US. He and Skyeler–the main character in his novel The Black Night Rave–are both gay and Third Culture Kids, having fathers in the Marines. While he is an unpublished novelist, he has published poetry, short stories, novel excerpts and photography, has written for The Dallas Voice and interned for them. He’s single also, guys 22-26. Holly Black sent him a hand written letter with a chapter critique, so he takes that as a sign that he’s going to be big–you should too.

Dave Ring (Young Adult Fiction - 2013)

dave ring is a speculative fiction writer, poet, trainer and counselor. He was born near Boston, educated in Dublin and currently based in Washington, DC. He is currently working on a coauthored novel and as many short stories as he can wrangle.

David Groff (Poetry - 2013)

David Groff’s new book Clay was chosen by Michael Waters as winner of the Louise Bogan Award and is being published this year by Trio House Press. His previous collection, Theory of Devolution, was selected by Mark Doty for the National Poetry Series and was nominated for the Lambda Literary and Publishing Triangle awards. With Philip Clark he is coeditor of Persistent Voices: Poetry by Writers Lost to AIDS (Alyson) and with Jim Elledge he co-edited Who’s Yer Daddy? Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and Forerunners, just published by the University of Wisconsin Press. David’s poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Chicago Review, Court Green, Georgia Review, Inkwell, The Iowa Review, Margie, Mead, Phat’itude, Poetry, and other magazines. He has received residencies and fellowships from The Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, the Hall Farm Center, Hidden River Arts Foundation, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Ragdale, the Santa Fe Art Institute, the Saltonstall Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Wildacres Retreat. David received an A.B. from Princeton and an M.F.A. and M.A. from the University of Iowa. An independent book editor and literary scout — and with Jameson Fitzpatrick an editor of the Lambda Literary Poetry Spotlight — he has taught at NYU and Rutgers University and with the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Since 2007 he has taught in the M.F.A. Graduate Creative Writing Program at the City College of New York. [Photo credit: Alan Barnett]

David Rutiezer (Poetry - 2013)

David Rutiezer, the grandchild of Jewish immigrants, was raised in Illinois and Massachusetts. He sings and plays keyboard and ukulele, has studied music therapy, and since 2004 has been performing and developing The David Show, a constantly evolving interactive musical variety program for folks with Alzheimer’s, young children, and people of all walks of life. He has taught Spanish after school, and has performed and taught Israeli and International folk dancing for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. He writes poetry and essays, and graduated in 2012 from the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA. David lives in Portland, Oregon, where he has volunteered for numerous community organizations, including Friends of William Stafford, Cascade Festival of African Films and the Oregon Holocaust Memorial.

Eric Kossina (Fiction - 2013)

Eric Kossina is based in Orlando, Florida and spends most of his day avoiding the heat. You will find him inside, in the air conditioning, where he is writes short stories, short essays, and a play about sexuality in daily life. He blogs occasionally about music culture at Nothing Sounds Better.

Everett Maroon (Fiction - 2013)

Everett Maroon is a humorist, pop culture commentator, and fiction writer originally from New Jersey. He has a B.A. in English from Syracuse University and successfully dropped out of graduate school. A member of the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association, he was a finalist in their 2010 literary contest for memoir. Everett authored Bumbling into Body Hair, published by Booktrope, and a short story, “Cursed,” in The Collection: Short Fiction from the Transgender Vanguard, from Topside Press. His YA novel, The Unintentional Time Traveler, is forthcoming. He’s written for Bitch Magazine, GayYA.org, RH RealityCheck, and Remedy Quarterly. His blog is Transplantportation.

Gibrán Güido (Nonfiction - 2013)

Gibrán Güido was born in San Diego and raised in San Ysidro, California. He is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego. He completed his M.A. program in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at San Diego State University. As a doctoral student, his thesis and dissertation reflects a vein of an emerging area of scholarship, known as Jotería Studies, focusing particular attention to the ways pain and trauma has come to impact the lives of young gay men of color and formulate a sensibility of consciousness-raising. By doing so, his contributions will serve as a medium between academia and his community that fosters and nurtures the lives of individuals who seek out a reflection of themselves, providing a platform to enable their own process of claiming voice to specific moments of struggle and transformation.

Gillian Chisom (Young Adult Fiction - 2013)

Gillian Chisom I am currently pursuing a PhD in History at the University of California, Berkeley. Though I write urban fantasy rather than historical fiction, my scholarly and fictional writings both display my passion for women’s voices and stories. A lifelong fantasy reader, during the last few years I have wrestled with the genre’s flaws and possibilities, and have become committed to writing stories with queer teen girls at their centers. When I’m not reading seventeenth-century witch trials or writing about lesbians dealing with supernatural mayhem, I like to watch TV and make my own clothes (sometimes at the same time).

Heather Aimee O’Neill (Poetry - 2013)

Heather Aimee O’Neill is the Assistant Director of the Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop, and teaches creative writing at CUNY Hunter College. An excerpt from her novel When The Lights Go On Again was published as a chapbook by Wallflower Press in April 2013. Her poetry chapbook, Memory Future, won the University of Southern California’s 2011 Gold Line Press Award, chosen by judge Carol Muske-Dukes. Her work was shortlisted for the 2011 Pirate’s Alley Faulkner-Wisdom Writing Award and has appeared in numerous literary journals. She is a freelance writer for publications such as Time Out New York, Parents Magazine and Salon.com, and is a regular book columnist at MTV’s AfterEllen.com.

Heather Askeland (Poetry - 2013)

Heather Askeland is a poet, fiddler, and aspiring healer from Minneapolis and Brooklyn, on her way to San Diego via Seattle. She began writing poetry in 2010 at Bent Writing Institute and is convinced that doing so saved her heart, if not her life (though she admits she is prone to hyperbole). Since then her work has appeared in Breadcrumb Scabs, Word Riot, and Boxcar Poetry Review, and in 2012 she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Heather currently resides in Seattle with her two cats, where she’s busy packing her life into boxes, saying goodbye Mt. Rainer, and learning to thrive beyond the confines of chronic illness.

Che Gossett (Nonfiction - 2012)

Che Gossett is a genderqueer activist and writer, a contributor to Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, a steering committee member of the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance and ACT UP Philadelphia. Che has forthcoming writing on neoliberalism and memorialization of sites of queer and/or trans resistance in the second volume of the Transgender Studies Reader and forthcoming writing on the struggle to decriminalize HIV/AIDS in the sociopolitical context of black radicalism, queer and trans liberation and prison abolitionist organizing. They are excited about and looking forward to L.A. sunshine, queer and/or trans collective brilliance and creativity nourishing literary gatherings. As an LLF Emerging Writers Retreat Fellow, Che will be finalizing their book proposal: a biography of AIDS activist Kiyoshi Kuromiya (1943-2000).

Cheraé Clark (Fiction - 2012)

Cheraé Clark is a recent graduate from the University of Kansas where she studied English and French. Though she is a Kansas native, she was greatly influenced by living in England for two years, where she developed a penchant for accent imitation. Over summers, she helps teach English and creative writing to gifted youth in middle and high school and she moonlights as a personal trainer. She’ll spend her newfound freedom writing and finding ways to help teens in Kansas City find creative emotional outlets. She’s been published in KU literary magazines Comma, Splice and Kiosk and has presented her stories on masculine-of-center queers at KU’s Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Christina Clover (Young Adult Fiction - 2012)

Christina Clover is a femme writer from England. She is currently completing a MA degree at the prestigious Bath Spa University and hopes to embark on a PHD course next year. She is working on “Riding the Line,” a Young Adult novel which introduces a teenaged girl coming to terms with her sexuality, after experiencing a devastating crush on an older woman. Christina has a young daughter and a house filled with pets. She has travelled around Europe and Africa, and is looking forward to extending her lesbian arms to the United States.

Christopher Marnach (Fiction - 2012)

Christopher Marnach grew up on a farm in Iowa and has worked as a cook, a copy boy, a bartender, an essay scorer, a canvasser, and a graphic designer for a funeral card company. Currently, he is at Columba College Chicago, pursuing an MFA in Fiction Writing. He is at work on a few short stories, a novella, and two novels, one about an Iowa farmer revolt in the 1930s, and another about the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland in the 1960s, an excerpt of which was long-listed for the 2011 Fish Publishing Short Story Award in Ireland.

Cris Beam (Nonfiction - 2012)

Cris Beam is an author and professor in New York City. She is the author of Transparent, a nonfiction book that covers seven years in the lives of four transgender teenagers, which won the Lambda Literary Award for best transgender book in 2008, and was a Stonewall Honor book. Her young adult novel, I am J, was released by Little, Brown in March 2011, and a nonfiction book about the state of foster care in the U.S. will be released by Houghton Mifflin-Harcourt in 2013. She teaches creative writing at Columbia University, New York University, The New School, and Bayview Women’s Correctional Facility. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from Columbia University and has received fellowships from the Point Foundation and the Corporation of Yaddo.

Dawn Robinson (Fiction - 2012)

Dawn Robinson is a genderqueer writer and filmmaker who makes a home in the wilds of Oakland, California. A 2011 Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow, Dawn is returning to Lambda in 2012, and will be at Voices of Our Nation (VONA), a Retreat for Writers of Color. Using universal themes, familiar dilemmas and humor, Dawn seeks a wider conversation on issues of race, gender and sexuality, one that transcends social barriers. Dawn firmly believes in the organic creative spark in each of us, and that the work we do is part of a global continuum of gratitude, rage, rebirth and irreverence. Dawn prefers pie to cake, salty to sweet, crunchy to creamy, beach over snow, dogs over cats, and fire over ice.

Dominika Bednarska (Poetry - 2012)

Dominika Bednarska is a performer, poet, writer, teacher, and academic. Her full-length solo show, My Body Love Story, recently kicked off the 2012 National Queer Arts Festival at the Garage Theater in San Francisco. Her first book of poems, Smothered Breath, will be out by the fall from Tulip Pulp Press. She has performed at Girl Talk, the Marsh, CounterPULSE, Queer Open Mic, Femme Con, Butch Voices, the Society for Disability Studies Annual Conference, and the Knitting Factory in NYC. Also, her writing has or will appear in A Different Art, The James Joyce Quarterly, Wordgathering, The Bellevue Literary Review, Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity, The Culture of Efficiency: Technology in Everyday Life, What I Want From You: An Anthology of East Bay Lesbian Poets, Ghosting Atoms, and Cripping Femme.

Dorothy Allison (Fiction - 2012)

Dorothy Allison was born in Greenville, South Carolina but makes her home in Northern California, with her partner Alix Layman, and her teenage son, Wolf Michael—and declares herself a happily born again Californian.

Ms. Allison is the author of the prize-winning novels, Bastard out of Carolina and Cavedweller, as well as the books Two or Three Things I know for Sure, Trash, Skin, and the book of poetry, The Women Who Hate me. A popular teacher and speaker, Ms. Allison has been Emory University Center for Humanistic Inquiry’s Distinguished Visiting, Writer in Residence at Columbia College in Chicago, and McGee Professor at Davidson College in North Carolina.

Elaine Howell (Fiction - 2012)

Elaine Howell is a fiction writer whose work has been published in several lit magazines, including Zyzzyva and Hemispheres. A few years ago, she was a finalist in Glimmer Train’s Short Story Competition for New Writers, and, thanks to Winnie the Pooh, was first runner-up in the 23rd International Imitation (“Bad”) Hemingway Competition for her parody, The Sun Also Rises in Hundred Acre Wood. Elaine has an M.A. in English, lives and works in Los Angeles, and is writing a collection of short stories.

Ennis Smith (Nonfiction - 2012)

Ennis Smith is an MFA graduate of the New School’s creative writing program, where his work won him the National Arts Club Literary Scholarship in Nonfiction. His memoir piece, The Super with the Toy Face, was published in the anthology New York: Lost and Found (WW Norton, Thomas Beller, editor); another memoir piece, The Rapunzel Effect, was recognized as an outstanding work of nonfiction by In Our Own Write. Other publications: Boys in the City (Bruno Gmünder Verlag GMBH, publishers), the literary journal Ganymede; Attitude: The Dancer’s Magazine, where he’s been an associate editor and dance critic since 2006. For his volunteer work with LIFEBEAT/Musicians Against AIDS, Ennis was the featured subject on PBS’s In the Life. He currently teaches writing at SUNY Empire State College in New York.

Erika Turner (Nonfiction - 2012)

Erika Turner is an awkwardblackgirl with strong feminist leanings and a love for people of any gender. She was raised in Las Vegas and studies in Massachusetts with the full intention of returning to her birthplace of California. Erika has written columns for QWOC Media Wire and is a 2011 Point Scholar. She is usually a writer of short stories but also enjoys writing essays, memoir pieces, and terrible poetry. Sometimes a femme but always fabulous, Erika spends most of her time wishing she could be a host on HGTV and staring blankly into her refrigerator. She is currently interning as a PR agent.

Chuck Forester (Fiction - 2011)

Chuck Forester is Wisconsin raised, Ivy educated and a San Franciscan since 1971. He is the author of Do You Live Around Here? a memoir. His poetry appeared in ZYYZZYVA, and he is currently working on a novel. He is a father, grandfather, and has been partnered for six years with John Cadle and two standard poodles. He’s a spiritual humanist who wears T-shirts and jeans.

Cooper Lee Bombardier (Fiction - 2011)

Cooper Lee Bombardier is a blue-collar transgender visual artist and self-taught writer. He was raised in the South Shore of Boston. His visual art has most recently appeared in group shows like Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, NM; the 2011 National Queer Arts Festival in San Francisco and the forthcoming ‘zine Faggot Dinosaur. Cooper’s writing has appeared in several periodicals, most recently Pathos Literary Journal and Original Plumbing, and the anthologies The Lowdown Highway, From the Inside Out, and Trans/Love. A veteran of the original Sister Spit tours, he has performed his writing all over the country. An avid fan of low-budget travel, Cooper has been to every state in the U.S. except North Dakota and Alaska. He loves good coffee, callouses, dogs, lifting weights, riding bikes and communing with nature. Currently he is pursuing a Master’s degree in Writing/Publishing at Portland State University, where he serves as a graduate assistant.

Corey Saucier (Nonfiction - 2011)

Corey Saucier is a Writer, Performer, and Post Queer Lyrical Philosopher: creating and presenting work that confronts and educates the Queer community. He cultivates his personal histories into a public voice that echoes themes of Gay Minority Identity, the Neo- Positive Perspective, Queer Faith, and the Crystal-Meth Epidemic. His 2010 One-man Show “Beautiful Abomination:” was a Powerful exploration of God, Sex, and Love that boldly challenged the audience to see beauty, purpose, and laughter in all things…

Danielle Stanard (Poetry - 2011)

Danielle Stanard has been living in California for the past two years with her girlfriend, but they will be heading back to her home state of Minnesota in June to be closer to her family. She is a proud big sister, daughter, granddaughter and niece. She is hard at work on her MFA at Antioch University, Los Angeles, and currently works as a TA at Ashford University, an online campus. She is a vigilant feminist and a very serious nerd.

David Ciminello (Fiction - 2011)

David Ciminello is a New York based writer and educator. His fiction has appeared in the Lambda Literary Award winning anthology Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose City, Underwater New York, Lumina, and on broadcastr. His poetry has appeared in Poetry Northwest. He is currently working on a novel manuscript; a queer journey through WWII era NYC that involves tomatoes, cooking, Coney Island, a missing baby, a runaway gay boy, and burlesque queen.

Dawn Robinson (Fiction - 2011)

Dawn Robinson is a butch-fag-diva living and working the gender-blur in Oakland, California. Dawn’s first publication was in Common Lives, Lesbian Lives, Vol. 2 in 1981. Recently, while completing her B.A. at University of California, Berkeley, Dawn’s poetry appeared in the Mills College Anthology and June Jordan’s Poetry for the People Anthology. Dawn was named a ZAMI Audre Lorde Scholar in 2009, and wrote, directed, edited, and starred in the short film, “My-Grations,” featured in the 2009 QWOCMAP Queer Women of Color Film Festival in San Francisco. That same year, Dawn’s short fiction appeared in Onyx, an anthology of Black student work at UC Berkeley (2010). She is currently writing a novel set in Oakland and prefers pie to cake, salty to sweet, crunchy over creamy, beach over snow, dogs over cats, and fire over ice.

E.R. (Elizabeth Anderson (Fiction - 2011)

E.R. (Elizabeth) Anderson is a butch, anti-racist white Southerner from Atlanta, Georgia. She is the Program Director at Charis Books and More, the South’s oldest and largest feminist bookstore, where she has worked since she was a teenager. Her novel in progress, Paradise Park, tells the story of the Turners, an Evangelical Catholic family of six, who operate a sin and salvation themed amusement park in Alapaha, Georgia. When not writing, E.R. is a recovering academic, lazy athlete, and serious lover of bulldogs, cooking, and the Atlanta Braves.

Ean Weslyn (Genre Fiction - 2011)

Ean Weslynn is an Aries, UW-Madison graduate and a self-taught writer. When not running a support group for queer youth in Madison, Ean works on his urban fantasy series The Quarterlife Crises. The first book, The Freshman Fifteen, will be e-published fall 2011.

Ellery Washington (Nonfiction - 2011)

Ellery Washington teaches fiction and creative nonfiction in the BFA Writing Program at Pratt University, in Brooklyn, NY, where he also teaches narrative structure courses in the MFA Digital Arts Program. He works as a freelance editor for various literary publications and as a script consultant for various film and television companies, largely in New York. His fiction and essays have been widely published and anthologized, both stateside and abroad (in England, France, and Germany), most notably in The New York Times, Ploughshares, OUT Magazine, The International Review, The Berkeley Fiction Review, The Frankfurter Allgemeine, Nouvelles Frontières, and in the National Bestseller State by State–a Panoramic Portrait of America.

His film credits include feature rewrites for independent producers and consulting work for major film companies, such as Paramount Pictures, Tristar, and Fox Searchlight. His primary focus, however, remains on narrative prose, be it fiction or creative nonfiction. He is the recipient of a PEN Center West Rosenthal Emerging Voices Fellowship and an IBWA Prize for short fiction. He has taught classes and lead workshops with broad range of writers, from beginners to graduate students and previously published authors, in a list of cities that includes Los Angeles, New York, Paris, and Berlin. He’s currently working on his first novel.

Eloise Klein Healy (Poetry - 2011)

Eloise Klein Healy, Founding Chair of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Antioch University Los Angeles and Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing Emerita, is the author of six books of poetry and two CDs.

Her most recent collection, The Islands Project: Poems For Sappho, was published by Red Hen Press. Her collection Passing was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Lesbian Poetry Prize.

Ms. Healy’s work has been widely anthologized in collections such as The Geography Of Home: California’s Poetry of Place; The World In Us: Lesbian and Gay Poetry of the Next Wave; Another City: Writing From Los Angeles; and California Poetry: From The Gold Rush To The Present. She has been awarded artist’s residencies at The MacDowell Colony and Dorland Mountain Colony. Healy is also the recipient of a COLA Fellowship from the Cultural Affairs Department of the City of Los Angeles and a California Arts Council Grant.

Ms. Healy directed the Women’s Studies Program at California State University Northridge and taught in the Feminist Studio Workshop at The Woman’s Building in Los Angeles. She is the co-founder of Eco-Arts, an ecotourism/arts company.

In 2006, Healy was awarded the Horace Mann Award by Antioch University Los Angeles for her contributions to the arts. In the same year, she established ARKTOI BOOKS, an imprint with Red Hen Press that focuses on writing by lesbian authors.

Frank Adams (Poetry - 2011)

Frank Adams writes poetry. Wild Ocean Press published his books, Mother Speaks Her Name in 2010, and Love Remembered is due out in 2011. He previously published Crazy Times. His poems have appeared in Q Review and downgo sun, as well as in several anthologies. Long ago he lived in NYC and studied under the direction of Lee Strasberg.

Gale E. Hemmann (Poetry - 2011)

Gale E. Hemmann is a poet and freelance journalist based in Olympia, Washington. She recently completed her M.F.A. in Writing in Poetry at Pacific University. She spends her time sending out writing, rescuing cats, and dancing around the house. She completed her B.A. in Women’s Studies at Smith College in 2003. Her poetry is forthcoming in Cloudbank and Apercus Quarterly, and she is a regular contributor to Olympia Power & Light newspaper. Gale is currently designing a community writing course that combines creative writing and holistic healing.

Graeme Stone (Genre Fiction - 2011)

Graeme Stone is a success-adjacent writer, playwright, and actor. A member of the uber-fabulous SCBWI, he won awards in 2010 and 2011 with the YA novel The French Class Confessional of the Mysterious Mr. Bridge, and the nonfiction MG disaster book Kiss Your Butt Goodbye. Current project: The Devil’s Claw, a thriller.

Ifalade Ta’Shia Asanti (Genre Fiction - 2011)

Ifalade Ta’Shia Asanti is the author of three books and a lover of all things poetry and fiction. A former columnist for the Lesbian News, Ta’Shia’s poetry and fiction have been published in bestselling anthologies including, Chicken Soup for the African American Soul (Tyndale), Best Black Women’s Erotica 2 (Cleis) and From Where We Sit: Black Writers Write Black Youth (Tiny Satchel Press). Ta’Shia is the recipient of the Audre Lorde Black Quill Award for creating positive images of Black lesbians in the media and the award for Best Contemporary Fiction by a Woman of Color.


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