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Monica Carter, LGBTQ Writers in Schools Manager

Monica Carter (she/her) is a writer, poet and reviewer. She was a PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow, a Lambda Literary Foundation LGBT Emerging Voices Fellow and a fiction graduate of the prestigious PEN Center’s MARK program. Her fiction has appeared in literary journals including The Rattling Wall, Black Clock, Cactus Heart, Bloom and the anthology Strange Cargo. Her nonfiction has appeared in publications including Black Clock, World Literature Today and Foreword Reviews. She served as a judge for the Best Translated Book Award in poetry and fiction from 2008-2015. Monica currently manages Lambda Literary’s LGBTQ Writers in Schools. She is currently finishing her first novel.

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Wo Chan, Communications Manager

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

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Chloe Feffer, Program Coordinator, LGBTQ Writers in Schools

Chloe Feffer (she/they) is an educator and new poet and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. Their poetry has appeared in Sledgehammer Lit and Lesbians are Miracles Mag. Prior to joining Lambda Literary, Chloe worked as an early childhood teacher and program coordinator. They hold a BA from Stonybrook University and an MA in Education from CUNY Hunter.

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LeKesha Lewis, Awards Manager

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

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Samihah Sirajul-islam, CUNY Cultural Corps Member

Samihah Sirajul-islam (she/they) is a student at the City University of New York. She is currently studying Digital Design with a double minor in Publishing and Creative Writing. She dabbles in poetry, gouache painting, and curating her many Pinterest boards in her free time.

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Molly Thornton, Program Coordinator

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

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Daniella Toosie-Watson, Program Coordinator, LGBTQ Writers in Schools

Daniella Toosie-Watson (she/her) is a poet, visual artist and educator from New York. She has received fellowships and awards from the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, VONA, the InsideOut Detroit Literary Arts Project, and the University of Michigan Hopwood Program. Winner of the 92Y 2020 Discovery Award Contest, her poetry has appeared in CallalooVirginia Quarterly ReviewThe Paris Review, The Cincinnati ReviewThe BreakBeat Poets Volume 4: LatiNEXT and elsewhere. Daniella received her MFA from the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program.

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Mai Tran, Poetry Coalition Fellow

Mai Tran (she/they) is a writer based in New York. She was a winner of Epiphany Zine’s 2020 Breakout 8 Writers Prize and her work has appeared in The Margins, Apogee, Vox, i-D, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She currently serves as a nonfiction coordinator for MFA App Review and is a mentor with the PEN Prison & Justice Writing Program.

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