interior banner image

Learn with Lambda

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.

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

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

moderated by Nicole Shawan Junior

Pre-Recorded

Watch this previously recorded 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: $30.00


Subscribe to our newsletter