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PRESS RELEASE: Meet The Faculty for the 2023 Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices

PRESS RELEASE: Meet The Faculty for the 2023 Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices

Author: Chloe Feffer

November 16, 2022

November 18, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 18, 2022
Publicity Contact: Chloe Feffer, Program Manager, Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices
Phone: (213) 277-5755

7 LGBTQ Writers to Join Lambda Literary’s 2022 Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices as Faculty

New York, NY—For over 30 years, Lambda Literary has championed LGBTQIA+ books and authors based on its belief that lives are affirmed and culture preserved when our stories are written, published, and read. Since 2007, Lambda Literary has offered the Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices—the nation’s premier LGBTQIA+ writing residency, which brings together emerging poets, playwrights, screenwriters, essayists, novelists, and memoirists in a safe, welcoming, and love-centered community.

Lambda Literary is pleased to announce the 2023 Faculty to lead our fellows during our prestigious Writer’s Retreat, which will return to being held in person for the first time since 2019 from Sunday, July 30- Saturday, August 5, 2023. Applications for fellowships open on November 30, 2022.


The Faculty Member to lead our fellows in their study of Fiction is Jeanne Thornton.

Jeanne Thornton is the author of Summer Fun, winner of the Lambda Literary Award, as well as The Dream of Doctor Bantam and The Black Emerald. She is the editor, with Tara Madison Avery, of We’re Still Here: An All-Trans Comics Anthology, and the copublisher of Instar Books. Her work has appeared in n+1, Harper’s Bazaar, WIRED, The Evergreen Review, and other places. More information is available at


The Faculty Member to lead our fellows in their study of Nonfiction is Meredith Talusan.

Meredith Talusan (she/they) is the author of the critically-acclaimed memoir Fairest from Viking/Penguin Random House, a Lambda Literary Award Finalist. She has also contributed to many books and her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, The Nation, WIRED, SELF, and Condé Nast Traveler, among other publications. Her fiction is also published or forthcoming in Guernica, Boston Review, Epoch,The Rumpus, Grand, Catapult, and BLR. She has received awards from GLAAD, The Society of Professional Journalists, and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. She is also the founding executive editor of them, Condé Nast’s LGBTQ+ digital platform, where she is currently contributing editor.


The Faculty Member to lead our fellows in their study of Playwriting is Victor I. Cazares.

(they/them) Victor is a non-binary Poz Queer Indigenous Mexican Artist (enby PQIMA for short) who has had stints at Yale, Brown and other less prestigious centers of rehabilitation. Like any border child, they were born twice: once in El Paso, Texas and another in San Lorenzo, Chihuahua. They teach a tuition-free class for emerging immigrant playwrights as part of PEN America’s DREAMing Out Loud program. Plays include: the New York Times Critic’s Pick american (tele)visions and Pinching Pennies with Penny Marshall (NYTW); Ramses contra los monstruos, We Were Eight Years in Powder, and «when we write with ashes». Victor was most recently the Tow Playwright-in-Residence at New York Theatre Workshop. @thejoyofvictor


The Faculty Member to lead our fellows in their study of Poetry is Phillip B. Williams.

Phillip B. Williams is the author of Mutiny, winner of the 2022 American Book Award, and Thief in the Interior, which was the winner of the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award and a 2017 Lambda Literary award. He is also the author of the chapbooks Bruised Gospels and Burn. Williams’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Boston Review, Callaloo, Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and others. He is the recipient of a 2020 creative writing grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a 2017 Whiting Award, and a 2013 Ruth Lilly Fellowship. He serves as a faculty member at Bennington College and Randolph College low-res MFA.

Speculative Fiction

The Faculty Member to lead our fellows in their study of Speculative Fiction is K-Ming Chang.

K-Ming Chang is a Kundiman fellow, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, and a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree. She is the author of the New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice novel Bestiary (One World/Random House, 2020), which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. In 2021, her chapbook Bone House was published by Bull City Press. Her most recent book is Gods of Want (One World/Random House, 2022). Her next books are a novel titled Organ Meats (One World) and a novella titled Cecilia (Coffee House Press). She can be found birdwatching in California.


The Faculty Member to lead our fellows in their study of Screenwriting is Ashton Pina.

Ashton Pina’s (He/King) award-winning first feature, Nana’s Boys (Inside Out, NewFest & aGLIFF) was acquired by Breaking Glass Pictures and short films, In The Paint (Outfest) and FAYTH (Pan African) are available on YouTube. He supported Radha Blank on The Forty-Year-Old Version as Director’s Assistant and has been blessed with amazing opportunities like working with Lena Waithe and Beyoncé. With a fierce passion to empower the next generation of storytellers, Ashton supports LGBTQ+ youth filmmakers through the Queer Storytelling Project and recently launched a non-profit to award scholarships to HIV+ college students.

Young Adult Fiction

The Faculty Member to lead our fellows in their study of Young Adult Fiction is Candice Iloh.

Candice Iloh is a first-generation Nigerian American writer from the Midwest by way of Washington, D.C. and Brooklyn, New York whose books center home, self-awareness, and black sustainability. They are a proud alumna of the Rhode Island Writers Colony and their work has earned fellowships from Lambda Literary, VONA, Kimbilio Fiction and a residency with Hi-ARTS, where they debuted their first one-person show in 2018. Candice became a 2020 National Book Award Finalist and in 2021, a Printz Award Honoree for their debut novel, Every Body Looking. Break This House is their second novel.

We are honored to welcome all seven of our faculty members to our 2023 Retreat. To learn more about the Retreat, please visit our website.

With care,

Chloe Feffer (she/they)

Program Manager

Lambda Literary

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