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Learn with Lambda—Queery Series

Learn with Lambda’s Queery Series is here! Join us for this four-part program aimed at demystifying the publishing process for LGBTQ+ writers.

Finding an Agent for Your Nonfiction LGBTQ Book (Part 2 of 4)
featuring
Robert Guinsler, Christina Morgan, Patrick Munnelly, & Ayla Zuraw-Friedland

Monday, November 29th, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 p.m. ET

Join us for an interactive discussion to help LGBTQ+ nonfiction writers find an agent and learn how to navigate the publishing process. This panel will provide key guidance on how literary agents work with writers to get published and make a living. Panelists will offer practical tools on traversing the publishing process. This panel is for those interested in being published by both small and big publishing houses.

Tuition:
General Admission: $75.00 | QTPOC Admission: $30.00

Limited Partial & Full Scholarships available. To request a scholarship, email Program Manager Nicole Shawan Junior at NJunior@LambdaLiterary.org

Lambda Literary strives to host inclusive, accessible events. Closed captioning will be available for all attendees. If you would like to request an ASL Interpreter, please email Lambda Literary’s Program Manager, Nicole Shawan Junior, at NJunior@LambdaLiterary.org.

Robert Guinsler has been with Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc. for more than twenty years. His general curiosity in all things has allowed him the opportunity to represent a wide variety of prize-winning and New York Times bestselling authors and projects. From the geopolitical mosaics of journalists Rania Abouzeid and Andrei Soldatov, to the impassioned memoirs of Kevin Sessums and Wendy Lawless and legendary gay rights activists Peter Staley and Cleve Jones, to the comedic collections of Phoebe Robinson, Michelle Buteau, Sarah Colonna, and Egypt’s own Bassem Youssef, most every avenue of the nonfiction spectrum can be found on his list. As well, he has been a champion of LGBTQ+ voices his entire career and some of his authors include Hugh Ryan, Guy Branum, Kevin van Whye, Alex London, The Estate of Gilbert Baker, and Evan Fallenberg, among many others. Additionally, he represents the Estate of Anne Sexton.

Christina Morgan is an agent at Serendipity Literary Agency and has held editorial positions at Amistad/HarperCollins and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. At Amistad  she was a part of a team that published a wide range of authors including Edward P. Jones, Steve Harvey, Karrine Steffans and many more. At Houghton Mifflin Harcourt she was privileged to work with many major international voices including Umberto Eco, Jose Saramago, Charles Simic and others. While her speciality is adult literary fiction and non-fiction, as an agent she is interested in books for young readers as well.

Patrick Munnelly has been an Instructor of English & Communications at the Community College of Aurora since he graduated with a Masters in Writing. He works as a Literary Agent for the Bond Literary Agency where he represents primarily LGBTQ+ works and authors, but also works of fantasy. He is actively acquiring literary fiction and nonfiction/memoir for LGBTQ works. He is an advocate for the LGBTQ & mental health communities. In his free time, you will find him either running with his two huskies, or reading on a mountainside somewhere.

Ayla Zuraw-Friedland joined the David Black Agency in 2019. Previously, she worked as an editorial assistant and assistant editor at Beacon Press in Boston, and as a development editor for encyclopedias at Oxford University Press. She received her BA in English and Creative Writing from Connecticut College in 2015, and her writing can be found in GAY the Magazine and Publishers Weekly. She is interested in literary fiction and nonfiction that inspects queer experiences and narratives, and would love to see pitches from BIPOC and disabled writers from a diversity of backgrounds. Her current clients include Jamie Hood (HOW TO BE A GOOD GIRL, Grieveland 2020), Haley Jakobsen, Ross Showalter, Aimee Keeble, Margaret Lee, Sarah Hartshorne, and others.

Nicole Shawan Junior (they/them) is a Black, queer, and poverty-born counter-storyteller bred in the bass-heavy beat and scratch of Brooklyn, where the cool of beautiful inner-city life barely survived crack cocaine’s burn. Nicole will moderate this panel discussion.

Lambda Literary strives to host inclusive, accessible events. Closed captioning will be available for all attendees. If you would like to request an ASL Interpreter, please email Lambda Literary’s Program Manager, Nicole Shawan Junior, at NJunior@LambdaLiterary.org.

One-on-One Nonfiction Query Letter Consultation with
Robert Guinsler, Christina Morgan, Patrick Munnelly, or Ayla Zuraw-Friedland

During your one-on-one consultation, you will submit and receive personalized feedback on a query letter related to your nonfiction manuscript. You may also submit up to five pages of your nonfiction manuscript to acquaint the agent of your choosing with the work that your query letter centers. 

Cost: $250.00

Limited Partial Scholarships available. To request a partial scholarship, email Program Coordinator Molly Thornton at Admin@LambdaLiterary.org

AQUEERSITIONS: How Editors and Publishers Think When Acquiring Books (Part 3 of 4)
featuring
Jennifer Baker, Elizabeth DeMeo, Brit E. B. Hvide, Amina Iro, & Vivian Lee

Monday, January 31st, 2022 4:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 p.m. ET

How editors and publishers decide what books to acquire can be mysterious, surprising, confusing, even enraging. It’s certainly not transparent. Join industry insiders as they reveal who decides which books to acquire, how, and why. You’ll leave this panel with a better understanding of how a publisher might think about your manuscript, and how to think differently about pitching it.

Tuition:
General Admission: $75.00 | QTPOC Admission: $30.00

Limited Partial & Full Scholarships available. To request a scholarship, email Program Coordinator Molly Thornton at Admin@LambdaLiterary.org

Jennifer Baker is a publishing professional of almost 20 years, creator/host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, and faculty member of the MFA program in creative nonfiction at Bay Path University.In 2019, she was named Publishers Weekly Superstar for her contributions to inclusion and representation in publishing. Jennifer is also the editor of the BIPOC-short story anthology Everyday People: The Color of Life (Atria Books, 2018) and the author of the forthcoming novel Forgive Me Not (Putnam BFYR, 2022). Her fiction, nonfiction, and criticism has appeared in various print and online publications. Her website is: jennifernbaker.com

Elizabeth DeMeo is the Associate Editor at Tin House, where she acquires fiction, literary nonfiction, and graphic literature. She holds an MFA in fiction from the University of Arkansas, where she was Managing Editor of the Arkansas International and Director of the Arkansas Writers in the Schools program. Authors she’s worked with include Raymond Antrobus, Destiny O. Birdsong, Ethan Chatagnier, Jo Lloyd, Rachel Long, Nina Mingya Powles, Ben Shattuck, and Bianca Stone. Some of her favorite books from the Tin House list include Jenn Shapland’s My Autobiography of Carson McCullers, Elissa Washuta’s White Magic, E. J. Koh’s The Magical Language of Others, and

Brit E. B. Hvide (she/her) is a senior editor of science fiction and fantasy for Orbit Books who has twice been nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Editor Long Form. She’s worked with authors like NK Jemisin, Evan Winter, Andrea Stewart, Hannah Whitten, C. L. Clark and Alex White. She grew up in Singapore but now lives with her husband, son, and their dog in Brooklyn. You can follow her on Twitter or TikTok @bhvide.

Amina Iro is Assistant Editor of Legacy Lit, an imprint of Hachette Book Group dedicated to elevating and celebrated BIPOC and marginalized authors. Amina started her publishing career as an Editorial Assistant at Amistad/HarperCollins Publishers, where she worked on titles by esteemed authors such as Cicely Tyson and Zora Neale Hurston. A writer and performance poet originally from Prince George’s County, MD, Amina has performed at venues in the US, England, Nigeria, and South Africa. She is a graduate of the First Wave program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds a B.S. in Neurobiology and English Creative Writing. She is passionate about books with brave motifs that invite readers to the juncture of identity and social change and display the vastness of Black and queer life.Samantha Hunt’s The Seas.

Vivian Lee is a writer and senior editor at Little, Brown. Her list includes Matthew Salesses’ The Hundred-Year Flood and Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear (PEN/Faulkner Finalist), Viet Dinh’s After Disasters (PEN/Faulkner Finalist), and Naima Coster’s Halsey Street (Kirkus Prize Finalist). Her writing can be found at The Los Angeles Times, Eater, ELLE.com, Catapult, and more. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a BA in Literary Journalism and from the New School University in New York with a MFA in Creative Writing (Non-Fiction). She is a 2018 PW Rising Star Honoree. Originally from Los Angeles, she now resides in Queens. 

Lambda Literary strives to host inclusive, accessible events. Closed captioning will be available for all attendees. If you would like to request an ASL Interpreter, please email Lambda Literary’s Program Coordinator, Molly Thornton, at Admin@LambdaLiterary.org.

Queery Letter Boot Camp: Draft Your Queery Letter & More (Part 4 of 4)

Saturday, February 26th – Sunday, February 27th, 2022
8:00 am PT – 11:00 am ET
11:00 am ET – 2:00 p.m. ET

Led by novelist JK Chukwu, the Queery Letter Boot Camp is a generative writing intensive wherein participants learn the essential components of successful query letters, as well as draft and workshop a compelling query letter of their own.

Tuition: $150.00

Limited Partial Scholarships available. To request a partial scholarship, email Program Coordinator Molly Thornton at Admin@LambdaLiterary.org

J K Chukwu is a writer and visual artist from the Midwest. Her debut novel, The Unfortunates, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in August 2022. She holds an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University and was a 2019 Lambda Fellow. Her work has appeared in Black Warrior ReviewDIAGRAMTAYO, and elsewhere.

Lambda Literary strives to host inclusive, accessible events. Closed captioning will be available for all attendees. If you would like to request an ASL Interpreter, please email Lambda Literary’s Program Coordinator, Molly Thornton, at Admin@LambdaLiterary.org.

Finding an Agent for Your Fiction LGBTQ Book (Part 1 of 4)
featuring
Sonali Chanchani, Serene Hakim, Kiana “Kiki” Nguyen, Rebecca Podos, & Kent Wolf
moderated by Nicole Shawan Junior

Pre-Recorded

Watch this previously recorded interactive discussion to help LGBTQ+ fiction writers find an agent and learn how to navigate the publishing process. This panel provides key guidance on how literary agents work with writers to get published and make a living. Panelists offer practical tools on traversing the publishing process. This panel is for those interested in being published by both small and big publishing houses.

Tuition: $30.00


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